Do you ever put on a dress you made a few years ago and think “Wow, I really like this dress, I should make another one”? That’s exactly what I thought a few weeks ago when I wore the dress pictured below that I made in 2011. It was time do dig out the pattern and make another one. After all, isn’t that one of the benefits of sewing your own clothes?!!!
Vogue 1027 is out of print but it received a lot of attention when it was readily available. It was even named one of the Best of Patterns of 2008 on Pattern Review.com
The pattern is fairly simple to make. I added 1″ to the bodice. I’m 5’7″ and I often have to do this with dresses. The pattern calls for a narrow hem on the ties. The wrong side of my fabric would have shown if I simply hemmed the ties. I chose to cut out the ties as directed but folded them in half and with the wrong sides facing each other stitched to the markings on the pattern. Next, I proceeded to attach the ties as directed. The pattern also calls for cutting the skirt on the bias, which I did not do. I found this an odd thing to do for knits. I folded the pattern piece for the skirt (front & back) in half and placed the folded edge of the pattern on the fold of the fabric. Another step I changed was omitting the elastic at the waist. Both dresses stay in place very well and are comfortable to wear without the elastic.
I had this cotton Lycra jersey in my stash. I bought it last summer at Tissus Mode De L’Orme in Granby, Qc. It is lightweight and has great recovery.
I’m so glad I revisited this pattern. It probably won’t be the last time.