Well, after all the wool and the thinking that’s been going into the Marfy coat, I needed something quick and easy called instant gratification. So I turned to Vogue 8825, which I knew I would love as soon as the pattern was released. It has everything that I like: a cross-over bodice, full sleeves and wide cuffs. The skirt is pencil-y and what’s not to love about the 5 foot long ties? Very 70′s with that requisite “modern” update! Ha!
I cut a straight size, tapering up one size through the hips. It turns out that was completely unnecessary, although it is one of my usual alterations. The skirt didn’t need any extra fabric to skim properly. The fabric is a poly knit that I picked up last fall from Fabricland, and just because I like lined skirts better than unlined skirts (whatever it is they’re made of) I added a nylon knit lining to the skirt. I simply cut another skirt, stitched it up and sandwiched the bodice ‘tween skirt and lining fabric while attaching the bodice to the skirt.
This is the interior with the lining turned down. I left the facing edges completely unfinished as the fabric is completely stable.
It’s a super quick sew, and a dress I’ll probably wear a lot, being chocolate and all that. I didn’t do an FBA – and I usually do a good 2 inches of one. I simply made the CF overlap deeper, about 3 inches instead of the 1 inch as drafted. After wearing this dress all morning, it didn’t malfunction. I’ll confess to being in a bit of a hurry and thoughtless while cutting. I may have to find a chocolate brown Sharpie permanent marker to fix my mistake. Can you find it?
This is a super comfy dress, and I’d love to make up several more in a variety of prints. I hear Ann is hosting a Jungle January. This would be perfect in a leopard jersey! And if you haven’t already, please enter my Birthday Giveaway – it closes on Saturday, December 15th!