Vogue 8667: the leopard print obsession continues

Pattern: Vogue 8667, view B

Fabric: Charcoal ponte knit from Joann (one of their new seasonal collections, this fabric is still available.)

Notes:

When I was 14 years old or so, leopard print enjoyed a comeback.  I recall at one point having leopard shoes, a leopard purse, and a leopard coat all at the same time.  That must have been a whole lot of look!  I’ve dialed it back since then… one animal print item at a time.  I like this one because it’s gray, which honestly is much better on me that brown.

This was my favorite dress in the Vogue fall patterns this year.  I was attracted to the rolled bias collar and the skirt options.  I found this ponte knit at Joann and thought it would make a great fabric for this dress (which calls for lightweight doubleknits, among other choices.)  Technically, this isn’t a pattern for knits.  It isn’t sized for knits, so I had a to make a few adjustments (this ponte is stretchier than some doubleknits.)  I graded it down a size (to a size 6.)  I usually wear an 8 in Vogue patterns, but because I was using a knit I wanted it to be more snug.

I omitted the back zipper (no need in a knit!) and the lining, making this a really quick project.  I think I was missing part of the instructions in my pattern – it contained no hemming info, and only the barest information on attaching the collar.  I used a sewing book from the 1960s to tell me how to do a bias rolled collar, although I suppose I’m not absolutely certain that it’s the way it’s supposed to be.  I slip stitched the collar down on the inside.  Because this is a knit, the collar has a bit more of a cowl-neckline look.  I’m not generally a huge cowlneck fan, as I think they make my shoulders look broad, but this one is pretty small, and I think it’s pretty.

Most of this dress was constructed using a narrow zig-zag stitch.  My serger doesn’t like double-knits so much, and the machine works fine.  I even machine hemmed it (and you can’t see it – yay!)  I think I would like this with a belt, but I haven’t found the right one yet.

I’d like to make it again using a woven, so that I can get the collar to stand up a bit.  It’s an excellent pattern, and I recommend it – I’m looking forward to wearing it in the fall (well, I’m wearing it today, but I think it looks more like an early fall dress.)

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27 thoughts on “Vogue 8667: the leopard print obsession continues

  1. Darci says:

    Love, love, LOVE it! It fits and suits you so well.

    I’m into leopard again now, too. In addition to a jacket, skirt and shoes I had in the 90′s, I also had a bed-in-a-bag. Mrow! Sadly, I no longer have any of it, but I’m making a pencil skirt this fall for SURE.

    Since you’re a leopard lover, you might enjoy the CAbi shrug/bolero/jacket thingy that they’re offering this season. (Look under the Chelsea group): http://www.cabionline.com/Fall2010/index.asp#/Clothing/LookBook/

    $138? Yeah, right. We sew!

    • I love that jacket – thanks for showing it to me! I’m planning a leopard pencil skirt also, but that’s the end of leopard this year for me… as long as I can stop myself from buying more fabric!

  2. Misty says:

    Great dress! I personally think it would look fabulous with a red patent leather belt and some red patent leather pumps. :)

  3. Tina says:

    Lovely! I may just have to copy that exactly. :-) I haven’t been able to make it to my Joanns when the vogues are on sale but I will be there as soon as they are again to get this pattern and maybe, ahem, that fabric. Btw, I have the same serger but have had better luck with doubleknits. It could just be some needle/setting issues. (It handles the sofia double knit beautifully).

    • Hmm… well, it sewed the heavier ponte I used before fine, it just didn’t like this one. It’s probably a setting issue. I’ve watched the video, but somehow the exact meaning of the settings eludes me, so I just fiddle with them until it looks right. I’ll try a different needle… maybe a ballpoint? I’m sure it has a sharp right now. Thanks!

  4. bettina walia says:

    i have been following your blog for some time and really think this dress come out real nicely much along with all things you make but i was suprised at the leopard print coming out nicely in a dress…..great work

  5. Beautiful dress! I bought this pattern a few days ago. I love the look–never would have thought of using a knit for it though. It looks fantastic!

  6. I’m a follower of your blog & really admire your prolific sewing skills, your eye for fabric + pattern matching & how you seem to always achieve a perfect fit. (Sorry if it comes over too gushing!!) I especially love this dress. Now I have a dress length of some knit (I think it’s double knit) but am a bit timid as I don’t have much knit sewing experience, plus wasn’t sure what fabrics this pattern is suitable for. I haven’t done woven to knit conversions either. It wouldn’t be too steep a challenge would it?

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