The Vogue 2864 Dress

IMG_0637 This is an old dress pattern, but one I’ve used several times for projects over the years.  It’s a great simple empire-waisted take on a shift dress, and I am amazed how many times I turn to it when someone (or I) want a new sleeveless dress.  I like the fact that it doesn’t have long bodice darts (oops!  I mean princess darts?  The darts that extend from under the bust, through the waist to the upper hip area), because those are a fitting nightmare to me, especially for myself.And since my last version of this dress has been worn to a rag, I thought I’d like a new one. I made it up out of a stretch cotton remnant from but there was barely a yard, and I ran out of length. So I faced the hem with scraps. It’s a little bit short for my taste, but I’m sure it will wear well!faced hemI lined it with bemberg from my stash.  It’s a super comfy dress!  The stretch-cotton is a bit heavier than the pattern calls for, so I may have it for a while!  Here’s the back view.  I made quite a significant short-waist adjustment combined with a high-hip adjustment.  You can see it could have been a little bit shorter, too, by the slight lines at my waist.  I know it’s usually taken care of my a sway-back adjustment by folding out the excess, but I find this messes with the grainlines a little to much – perhaps because I need to do such a significant adjustment – a total of 2 inches in length.Vogue 2684 backI made two other adjustments:  I raised the neckline by one inch and I did my usual FBA.  Here’s my goof-off pose for Me Made May ’13.  Me Made May 13 - Day 19


23 thoughts on “The Vogue 2864 Dress

  1. Fabulous color on you! And love the goof-off pose.

    BTW I meant to ask you several times…I’m intrigued by your Sway Back alteration technique. Can you do a post on it with photo or illustration of what it looks like? Thanks!

    1. Oy, that’s a lot of writing and picture taking! I always intend to document these things, but then I get going and mid-way through the project I remember that I wanted to take pics at every stage and then it’s too late. I’ll put a sticky note on my sewing machine for the next time I’m making a top/dress, so you can see what I do.

  2. Oh, I love this dress! so very cute shape, and the print is such rich and lovely autumnal colours, in fact I love everything about it!. You look gorgeous.

  3. Wow, I actually think I have this pattern somewhere, AND I know I have the perfect cotton print for it. Thanks for the inspiration, yours is beautiful. Color, fit, etc is great.

  4. I have this pattern in my collection, so I was very interested to see your version of the dress. it is very pretty. And a great color. One yard of fabric for a dress. wow!

  5. Very beautiful dress. The fabric print is just right to add a splash of color. Thanks for sharing.

    1. There’s small bodice darts at the bottom of the bodice (and I had to add bigger ones at the side seams – thanks FBA). But the princess darts (underbust darts?) that extend through the waistline are complete nightmares for me. I haven’t quite managed them yet which is probably why I like this pattern so much. I suppose at some point in my life I’ll have to take the time to master the fitting on a traditional sheath dress with front and back darts.

  6. I told you already: Love this. I think it suits you. I like the above-the knee hemline, the print is great and you are posing better than Kate Moss!

  7. Did i understand correctly that you made a dress from a single yard of fabric?? Amazing! Lovely print too! I wish we had sleeveless weather here but we are still wearing jackets and raincoats…


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