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all weather beach dress

Added Feb 22, 2011

by tracyx

Fremont, Califor...






Made this dress following v8663. The fabric is rayon spandex. The neckline is pleated and finished with bias tape. Zipper is at the back.

At first I wasn’t sure about the color, I don’t wear a lot of blue, but after making the dress, I can really see myself wearing it to the beach (among other places too of course). Beaches are quite windy here in north california, so the long sleeves would be perfect for that.

Vogue patterns are usually true to size for me, but I actually found this pattern to be too big. I am usually a size 10, but for this pattern, even a size 8 cut would be a tad big. Maybe it’s just the stretch of the fabric. After some modifications though, everything came together. I like the relaxed look that the fabric and the style gives; it’s very comfortable to wear and is suited for all kinds of activities.

The only thing I don’t like about the pattern is that the top bodice is separated and sewn together with the bottom skirt. I’m not sure why this separation is necessary. I don’t like that I can clearly see where the seam is. Next time I make this dress, I would first use a smaller size, then I would try to combine the two portions to give it a more streamlined look. I’m also disappointed that it’s hard to see the waves pattern on the fabric, it is actually a textured pattern. It’s very cute and I wish it was more noticeable, the fabric’s actually still on sale at fabrics.com

Material Notes

two way stretch, I recommend rayon spandex




Spring, Summer, Fall
Garment Type
Beach, Casual, Romantic
Cotton, Rayon

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    Feb 23, 2011, 10.16 PMby juebejue

    woooo nice dress! :D love the look on you – i think i like the sleeves, neckline, and how the skirt falls! i do agree with you on the seam part — perhaps you can wear a belt with this and cover it up!

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      Feb 24, 2011, 12.08 AMby tracyx

      yeah the pattern had a belt with the dress. Actually, I’ve realized that tons of patterns with knit or jersey dresses separate the top and bottom. Kind of puzzles as to why as well trying to find a pattern that doesn’t do this… :P

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    Feb 23, 2011, 05.17 AMby carolyn-s

    This is gorgeous! And blue looks amazing on you! The waist seam is not that obvious, so don’t worry. I think you’re right about the Vogue sizing. I used to be a size 12, and nowadays I am always a size 10, and even then have to take in a bit. I think they’ve altered their sizing….

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      Feb 23, 2011, 08.10 AMby tracyx

      thanks :)

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    Feb 22, 2011, 11.50 PMby domestic-divaonline

    Beautiful! Love the color and you wear it well.

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