Well, the first dress for DD1’s summer wardrobe is finished. I fell in love with the simplicity of line in this pattern after seeing Jessica’s review of it over at Green Apples, and picked up the pattern when BMV had their $3.99 sale. I thought it was a perfect style for Hannah.
Pattern: Vogue 8663
Fabric: She picked the rayon-lycra knit from our local Fabricland, and she wanted a belt. A yellow belt, to be precise. I wasn’t so sure about the colour choice, but it looks brilliant. I like it better belted than without. The belt just adds the definition the fabric pattern needs.
Notes: This was a super easy dress to cut and sew. It truly is a two-hour dress. I made some changes to the instructions, though. First, I did not put in a CB zipper. No need with the knit fabric, as it has a lot of give and is lightweight. I think if a heavier knit like an RPL was used then a zipper might be necessary, but not with this knit.
Second, I lined the skirt with tricot for modesty – not that it’s transparent at all, but it is very thin fabric over buttocks.
Third, I did not use purchased bias stay tape to finish the neckline. I simply stay-stitched the neckline, pressed under the seam allowance and turned it under again to make a neat 1/4” facing. Then I topstitched it into place. It works brilliantly, and there’s plenty of give in the knit to pull this over one’s head.
I must say I wasn’t sure about the print, but seeing the photos has really changed my mind. I love the colours! This will be a dress she’ll wear a lot this summer, I think.
6 thoughts on “Pattern Review: Vogue 8663”
This is one of my favorite dress patterns, your version is beautiful.
This dress is so pretty. And you are right, it looks great worn with the yellow belt.
Beautiful dress in a gorgeous fabric. Did you notice that her first pose is a replica of yours? So cute!
@Mary: No! I didn’t notice that about the poses until you pointed it out! Ha ha! I guess there’s more to genetics than we know!
I love this dress pattern and may have to make it for my daughter as well. I can relate to your last post. My daughter has spent her entire school life in a uniform. Even her job has a uniform. She is worried about going off to college and having to pick out an outfit EVERY DAY. We have gone on a few shopping trips and I have made her some items as well. It will be a new world for her not only in college but out of a uniform.
Pretty dress. Love the pleat detail at the neckline