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.