My Superbowl dress (Vogue 1224)

8 Feb

Pattern: Vogue 1224, a Tracy Reese design

Fabric: 2 yards ITY knit from Joann’s

Notions: 1 package 3/8″ elastic

No, I didn’t wear this dress to watch the superbowl – I sewed it up while my husband and his friend were watching the game!  I am so not a sports fan (and neither is my husband, but for some reason he always watches that one game – I think it’s an excuse for party food!)  I had cut it the night before, in anticipation of sewing during the game, so actual sewing time was maybe 2.5 hours (I did take some breaks in there!)  I recommend this dress for a quick sew – it’s a lot of payoff for an easy pattern!

This was one of my favorites of the new collection.  I’m currently sewing things to take with me on my trip abroad (more on that in a later post) so I’m making a lot of knits, which travel well!   I may try to get in the other new Tracy Reese pattern in the next few weeks – I’ve got my fabric ready!

I cut a straight size 8 from my pattern, but then looked at the hip measurements and decided I didn’t want a tight skirt.  So when I cut the actual fabric I added 2.5″ in the skirt, giving me 2 inches of ease.  I expected this to give me problems when sewing it to the bodice, but it actually fit fine.   You can see above where a skirt 2 inches smaller would have been tight.  The bodice pattern pieces look pretty strange, but I followed the directions and they came out fine!  I used sulky tear away stabilizer to make the single buttonhole (the neck cord goes through this.)  I hate making buttonholes on a knit, but I find that with the stabilizer it’s not a problem.

I did not line the skirt, as called for by the pattern.  Because of this, I decided to use the seam allowance between the skirt and bodice to make my elastic casing, rather than attaching a separate piece.  That worked out fine.   I lost my loop turner, so I had to improvise a way to turn out the cords.  I ended up wrapping the blunt end of a skewer in duct tape (to avoid snags) and using it to push out the tube.  I did sew my cord closed at the exposed end – the instructions never said to, but I thought it would look unfinished!  I chose not to add the cord stoppers, and just knotted the cords.

I really like this dress – it’s easy to make and easy to wear!  I only have one complaint – the length of the skirt.  I know I should have measured it, but I almost never have to add length to a pattern.  The length in the photos is the unhemmed length – seriously!  I’m treating it a bit more like a tunic, and wearing it over leggings.  It’s bad because, with the elastic waistband, it tends to creep up while you wear it.  If I make another I will add some length, a good three inches!  I guess I should start watching the length of skirts!

Here is how I wore it today:

I got the nicest compliment when I wore it to rehearsal – one of my friends said “You always cheer me up because your clothes are so colorful and happy!” (I’m paraphrasing, but that’s the idea!)  I sometimes get positive comments on my clothes, but I more often get a sort of suspicious “Why are you always so dressed up?” so positive is good!

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17 Responses to “My Superbowl dress (Vogue 1224)”

  1. A Sewn Wardrobe February 8, 2011 at 8:22 pm #

    For this winter version, I really like the length. If it were longer, it wouldn’t look as good w/ tights and the chunky sweater. It’s sassy as is. Wearing on its own though, i.e. without layers – a summer version – I can see how you’d want a longer dress.

    • Amber February 8, 2011 at 9:49 pm #

      Your dress is gorgeous, mine is all ready to cut out! I like seeing the length before I cut it–I bought an extra 1/3 yard just so mine would be long enough(I like my dresses knee length). Thanks for posting about that. Anyway, you’ve styled it beautifully.

  2. Joy February 8, 2011 at 10:05 pm #

    You’re friend is right – your outfits are very cheering. That’s a pretty and comfortable-looking dress. It doesn’t look too short with the leggings and boots.

  3. canary February 8, 2011 at 10:45 pm #

    I live in one of the Super Bowl team towns, and I also get asked “why are you dressed up?” Why is that anyone’s business but mine? People used to get dressed up to go to the football games in my town, so if I feel more professional and on my game in a skirt, I don’t see why I should have to explain my reasoning to a dental assistant. By the way, my team won. And that’s a really cute dress! Do my a favor and wear it to the dentist! ;-)

  4. Vanessa February 8, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    How pretty! For the record, I like your dressy dressing too!

  5. Louise February 9, 2011 at 1:07 am #

    Isn’t it nice when people compliment your creative ventures!

  6. silly February 9, 2011 at 2:13 am #

    I like how you put your clothes & accessories together.

  7. Anne (I should be sleeping) February 9, 2011 at 7:59 am #

    I seriously love that fabric. I know what your friend means- your blog for me is colour and life and inspiration and fitting and fabric education :) definately mood enhancing!

  8. Deborah February 9, 2011 at 12:56 pm #

    Cute dress. But when I scrolled down to see the gray cardigan over it — wow; your outfit popped. Like I said before, you look good in anything.

  9. Clarissa February 9, 2011 at 3:15 pm #

    This dress looks great and what a great print. It’s nice to wear bright colors in the winter.

  10. Lisa February 9, 2011 at 4:19 pm #

    The dress looks absolutely gorgeous on you.

  11. velosewer February 9, 2011 at 5:19 pm #

    I knew exactly what you meant about the Superbowl dress. You do dress is great colours and they suit you. I love how you style your wardrobe.

  12. Shari February 9, 2011 at 6:35 pm #

    Wonderful dress in a cheerful colour!

  13. Katherine February 9, 2011 at 7:52 pm #

    This is a very cute dress. I also adore the one in the previous post…so much that I am going to dig out my muslin of it and give it another go. Thanks!

  14. CostumeDiva February 10, 2011 at 12:53 am #

    This looks great! Im so glad to see one made and a good review. Cutting this out this weekend :-)

  15. adrienne February 10, 2011 at 1:22 am #

    Very cute! I plan on doing this one soon!

  16. Sandra "Business Administrator" Mead February 14, 2011 at 6:50 pm #

    Great dress in a great colour.

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