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lily of the valley

Added Jul 6, 2011

by elegantmusings

Virginia, Virgin...






I needed a quick to make dress last month to wear while traveling, and this jersey dress using the Vintage Vogue #8728 reprint fit the bill!

I used a cream blend knit that my mom had given me. It isn’t super drapey or unstable, which made it a lot easier for me to work with. I zigzagged some of the seams and used my serger on others. It was so easy!

The pattern itself is a dream to work with. The design looks far more complicated than the construction is. I ended up cutting a size smaller on through the bust/waist than the envelope says is suitable for my measurement. For the bodice I cut out two sizes smaller. This is because I (rightly) suspected the gathering would be too much if I went by my “size”. I love Vogue patterns because they print the finished bust, waist, and hip measurements which helps when determining what size to cut out. After years of sewing, I’ve figured out the amounts of ease I feel are most flattering and comfortable for me. I also shortened the skirt 3”, but no surprises therethat is a typical adjustment I have to make.

The pattern comes with two side closure options: a snap placket (so funI’ve done a couple of those on lightweight dresses) or a centered zipper. I thought about switching to my favorite lapped zipper method, but since I was working with a stretch I thought better of it and just went with the centered zipper. Why a zipper as opposed to snaps? Partly because I felt the knit was stable enough to handle the adding weight of a zipper tape, and also because I didn’t have time to sew on a bunch of little snaps!

Construction was amazingly easy; I think an intermediate seamstress could whip this up easily in a few evenings of sewing. The most “tricky” part of the pattern was just making sure the gathers were evenly distributed and attaching the neckline binding. This pattern is going in my “sew again” stack. I think it would be lovely in another knit or even a woven. Though frankly the knit thing is really appealing to meit’s easy to wear but this design doesn’t look like a sack. In fact, I feel a bit like glamorous movie star from the 40s wearing this dress! hehe.

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    Aug 5, 2011, 04.53 PMby rjhopkins12

    I just ordered this pattern :) I always find inspiration in your work!

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    Jul 24, 2011, 11.54 PMby Irina Schwab

    Jersey is such an interesting choice of material for this. Looks a lot more expensive than just jersey, if i can say so. I woul dlove to try this in caramel silk or beigy shades… wow!

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    Jul 7, 2011, 07.12 PMby threadsquare

    This pattern has been on my radar for so long now, and I just ordered it last week! I love it in white, and it’s good to hear what a cinch it will be :) Fabulous, as ever.

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    Jul 7, 2011, 12.21 AMby MaryamNaghdali

    Looks great! Yours looks better than the one on the pattern packet!

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    Jul 6, 2011, 11.22 PMby shari-1

    Pretty dress! Love the gathers on the bodice!

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    Jul 6, 2011, 10.15 PMby madebymeg

    gorgeous! gathered and flat in just the right places

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    Jul 6, 2011, 10.09 PMby ichigogirl

    I love your dress! I’ve actually been stalking that pattern… jersey + dress + 1940’s must be the perfect combination!

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    Jul 6, 2011, 08.47 PMby Anne Wagenhauser

    Very nice, love the gathered bodice.

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    Jul 6, 2011, 08.41 PMby MissHickory

    love the name and the dress!!!

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    Jul 6, 2011, 07.59 PMby Gabriele Yorlano

    Love this dress! My daughter saw a white dress in a boutique last week for over $300. Of course I said, oh, I can make that. The bodice on this is so cool. I think this dress would look awesome on her. Thanks for sharing.

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    Jul 6, 2011, 07.31 PMby secondbedroom

    I’ve been eyeing this pattern for months… thank you for providing some details here! I may need to give it a try very soon …..

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    Jul 6, 2011, 07.27 PMby shayedknits

    Very elegant!

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    Jul 6, 2011, 06.53 PMby BrittStitches

    I´m in love with the dress!! Good job as always

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