The 2 hour dress (Vogue 8663)

24 Oct
Pattern: Vogue 8663
Fabric: dark teal rpl knit from Joann
Notes: I like to intersperse intensive projects (like the Michael Kors dress I just made) with really easy ones, so that I don’t get burned out.  This is a Very Easy Very Vogue pattern, and it fit the bill!   I actually made a few alterations that caused the dress to be even easier, and it took me only 2 hours from cutting to finishing.  First, I eliminated the zipper and cut the back on the fold.  As I’ve said before, I don’t usually like zippers in knits.  The pattern called for using prepared bias tape on the neckline.  Why, I ask you?  It wouldn’t be pretty, and it would keep the neckline from going over your head, causing the zip to actually be needed!  I just turned under the seam allowance and topstitched, which was fine.
This fabric is a bit lightweight, and I think the dress would be nicer in a little more weighty knit, but it’s what I had.  It does hang nicely!  I’m planning to wear it like a tunic most of the time, so it is not hemmed, just neatly cut.  I wore it to play this morning, but I don’t love it with the boots.  There really isn’t much to say – this pattern was easy and highly recommended!
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17 Responses to “The 2 hour dress (Vogue 8663)”

  1. Lisa October 24, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

    I love your 2 hours dress. It fits so perfectly on you too and not a sway back in sight ! Did you adjust for sway back or are you just very lucky ?

  2. Tilly October 24, 2010 at 3:01 pm #

    This is so lovely – I’ve just added it to my pattern wish list. It’ll probably take me ten times as long to make it though…

  3. Anne October 24, 2010 at 3:03 pm #

    I love it! Beautiful.
    Can I ask, what stitch do you use for your hems on knits? My older Elna sewing machine has ‘stretch’ stitches but all of them seem to pucker knits too much when I sew them (even with a ballpoint needle).
    Any advice appreciated :)

  4. Sue October 24, 2010 at 4:32 pm #

    It’s gorgeous! Beautiful colour and it does hang very nicely.

  5. keeralynn October 24, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    Just beautiful! Genius leaving out the zipper and bias neckline! I think you are so talented.

  6. Kate October 24, 2010 at 7:07 pm #

    Super cute! Great fit.

  7. Louella October 24, 2010 at 8:01 pm #

    Such a very stylish dress on you! The boots are cool!

  8. nettie October 24, 2010 at 9:24 pm #

    SO cute!! I always wonder about patterns that add a zip to knits…glad you shortened the process and made yourself a great dress in the process.

  9. Susan - Knitters-Delight October 24, 2010 at 9:42 pm #

    I really like the way this one came out. It looks great on you!

  10. Tasia October 24, 2010 at 9:52 pm #

    Nice! Looks fantastic on you.. and I was just thinking how I liked it with the boots :)

  11. Shannon October 25, 2010 at 2:32 am #

    Cute! I really like it with the boots! I hear you on the interspersing of hard and easy. I try to do the same thing.

  12. Jacey October 25, 2010 at 8:19 am #

    It’s a fabulous dress, and it really fits you just perfectly. Love it!

  13. Lindsay October 25, 2010 at 11:27 am #

    I love this dress! And it
    looks perfect with the boots. :)
    I’m a Green Apples lurker (meaning I read your blog every day, but I never comment…ha..ha..)
    I have a weird question for you — I have 4 vintage Burda magazines from the 60s. They are full of patterns. I’ve had them for about a year, but I don’t think 60s style is flattering to my body type. I was trying to think of someone who looks great in that style who might use them, and you came to mind!
    If you would like them, I can ship them to you. Just let me know if you’re interested. Thanks!

  14. weirdrockstar October 26, 2010 at 2:56 am #

    Absolutely adorable dress! It fits you beautifully and does justice to your petite size. Just wonderful!

  15. kasia October 26, 2010 at 6:30 pm #

    I think this is my absolute fave dress out of all the ones you’ve sewn!!! So cute!! and fits great!
    (I do miss the knitting, by the way… but the sewing topics are always interesting too!)

  16. Angel November 1, 2010 at 4:26 am #

    It’s a very nice dress and the fabric is just so beautiful.


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