Completed: Another Vogue 8379

After the success of my first Vogue 8379, I decided to make another.

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I made a couple of minor changes this time.  I went with the short sleeve version, and then shortened the sleeves an extra couple of inches.  I also lengthened the bodice by 1/2″. On my last dress, I thought the length was okay.  But after wearing it a few times, I decided it would be more comfortable if it was longer.  I was right, now the ties rest in a more natural spot.

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The fabric is an ITY knit that I ordered online a long time ago.   It sat in my stash because I wasn’t sure about the print.  It’s a brighter fabric than I normally choose.  But I think it pairs nicely with this pattern.

I’m particularly happy with how I got the colors to match up along the wrap side.

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And no gaping, yay!

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Here’s the inside.

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Vogue 8379

I omitted the facings again. (I just turned the seam allowances under and top stitched them down.)

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I wanted to make sure the ties were securely attached, so I stitched around in a rectangle. (Last time I only had one line of stitching holding the ties on and they feel a bit wobbly.  I need to go back and reinforce them.)

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I’m also happy to report that I did a better job finishing the seam with the tie opening this time around.  🙂

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I seriously could make several more of these dresses (and maybe I will)!

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Completed: A Wrap Dress (Vogue 8379)

I’m very late to the wrap dress game, but I’m so glad I finally jumped on board!

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The pattern I used is Vogue 8379.  I had this pattern on my list of “to buy” patterns for months, but every time the Vogues went on sale, it was sold out.  Then finally one night I got lucky and found a slightly crumpled copy shoved into the back of the drawer.

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The fabric is an ITY knit that I ordered on sale from FabricMart.  Its got a nice fluid drape, is opaque and feels slightly spongy and not too polyester-y, like some ITY knits do.  I think its going to hold up well.  (Though I’ve only worn it about 3 times, so it’s probably too soon to predict.)

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When I initially sewed this up, I followed the pattern and added the front bodice facings. That was a mistake. (I should have listened to the reviews of this pattern that mentioned omitting the facings.  I am stubborn though and thought I could make it work, ha.)   No matter what I did those facings wanted to roll to the outside. ;(

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~Apologies for the Instagram pic. (btw, if you want to see more of my sewing, follow me over there, my Instagram feed is a lot more active than the blog. My username is MarrieB.)

I knew I wouldn’t be happy with the dress if I left it like that.  So I recut the front bodice pieces and sewed it up again without facings.  I just folded under the 5/8″ seam allowance and stitched them down.  Here’s what front looks like from the outside:

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And the inside:
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This worked great, and the front of the bodice is nice and snug and doesn’t gape.  Has anyone had success with facings on a knit dress like this?  I’m just curious.

The other trouble I encountered was sewing the opening for the tie.  I constructed the dress on my serger, which was super fast.  But the inside around the opening isn’t finished very elegantly.  Oh well, it’s not visible from the outside.
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I had a hard time getting a decent flat picture of this one.  Here it is looking more like an old bathrobe than a dress.

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As far as fit alterations, all I did was a forward shoulder adjustment. On the sleeves, I left off the cuffs and just hemmed them with a single row of stitching.

This dress is so easy to wear, I think I need 5 more!   Plus, I like the slight swish factor.

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Completed: Another Knit Dress

Well, I took an unexpected blogging break, but I’m back!    And I finally have a finished project I can share.  (I’ve been doing some secret sewing too – more on that soon.)   But I’ll warn you, this make is kind of boring – it’s exactly the same as my last dress (Simplicity 1808, view A).

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I’ve been spending most of my weekends working on my house, so I wanted a quick and  easy project that I didn’t have to think too much about.

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Trying out our new deck for photos. It connects shedquarters to the house. Can’t wait to get it stained and get some patio furniture out here. 🙂

This time around, I used an ITY knit that I got at Mood LA earlier this year.  I love that it’s spotty, without being a traditional uniform polka dot.

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This knit is a bit slinkier than the knit I used last time, so the neck band was a little harder to sew.  The fabric below the “V” at the back turned out puckery.  Sadly, no amount of pressing has fixed it.  🙂

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Last time, I left the sleeves un-hemmed.  This time, I turned the hems under and fused them with some Steam-A-Seam.  It worked great.

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In fact, I cheated and did the same thing to my hem.  I was going to use my double needle on the hem, but the fabric kept puckering and getting wavey.  So I just fused it.  🙂  Hope it will hold up in the wash.

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I think the dots ended up blending pretty well along the back seam, especially since I didn’t even try to match the pattern.

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Back

Nothing fancy on the inside.  I do love that you don’t have to finish seams on knits though!

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Spotted Dress Details

I’m glad to have another comfy, easy to wear dress, but I think it’s time to move onto another pattern!
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Completed: My First ITY Knit Dress!

I’m pretty excited about my latest dress!  It’s the first time I’ve sewn with an ITY knit.  I was a little apprehensive about it, but it turned out to be super easy.

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I’ve had this fabric in my stash for maybe two years.  I wasn’t in love with the print, which is part of the reason it sat unused for so long.  But now that I’ve sewn it up, I quite like it.

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The pattern I used is Simplicity 1808.  It’s a simple design, the sleeves and bodice are cut all-in-one, so you don’t have to set in any sleeves.  It also doesn’t require much fabric.  I think I used 1.5 yards.

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I wasn’t sure what size to cut, since this was my first knit dress, and I knew fitting would be different than with a woven fabric.  So I looked at the finished garment measurements (which are printed on the pattern pieces – thank you Simplicity!) and made my best guess.  I ended up blending 3 sizes (10 at bust, 8 at the waist, and 14 at the hip).  I think it turned out just right.

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The only change I made was on the sleeves.  The pattern tells you to sew a casing and add elastic, to make a fitted cap sleeve.  I tried it and found it uncomfortable and awkward looking.  So I opted to just leave the sleeves unhemmed and kind of flouncy. I love that ITY knit doesn’t ravel!

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As for sewing techniques, I sewed this on my regular machine, with a stretch stitch (the one that looks like a lightning bolt.)  I also tried using my walking foot.  But the fabric kept sticking to it and bunching up behind the needle.  In the end, I put my regular foot back on, and didn’t have any issues.

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I used a twin ball point needle for the hem.  It’s a little wonky in spots, but overall okay.  I probably just need a bit more practice with it.

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This dress came together so quickly and easily that I want to make tons more!  Plus it’s comfy and requires no ironing – perfect for days when I’m running late (which is pretty much always!)
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In other non-sewing news, my little houseguest, Zoe, has gone back home to live with her momma.  🙂  We had so much fun with her, it was kind of a sad day to see her leave.

I caught a beagle

I’m really gonna miss this little beagle face.

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