Here's an image from Vogue patterns site:
See what I mean? CUTE!!! The dress is described as semi-fitted through the bust with a back neck slit closed with a hook and eye. Purchased bias tape finishes the neckline.
I used ponte knit from Hancocks. The colors are pretty and it sewed up well, it just isn't my favorite fabric I've purchased from them. It isn't soft but it hangs well...maybe I'll get used to it over time!
This dress doesn't take much fabric either. The biggest piece you use is the middle section--like I needed to explain that! It was about 3/4 of a yard for that section. This is a very economical sew!
Of course I deviated from the pattern! I didn't want to use purchased bias tape on the neckband with the hook and eye closure, so I tested the stretch of the fabric and it fit easily over my head and I cut the back neck piece on the fold, eliminating the seam. Now this part I can't actually believe I am typing but here is what I did....
I single turned the neckline and used my coverstitch to hem! I've never done that before and I actually can't believe I did that today, but it TOTALLY worked! I have a beautiful edge on my neckline. I also used the coverstitch on the sleeve hems.
The bottom edge I just turned once and used a straight stretch stitch to hem. Since I love to topstitch, I used matching thread to topstitch close to the seams. The entire dress, start to finish was about 2 hours. What could be better?
DH took my photos and he was making me laugh so some of the photos I may have a super silly look on my face! He doesn't really care for the green/blue combination. I sort of liked it. What do you think and please be honest! It isn't like I have a lot of time or money invested in this dress if it looks ridiculous with my color combination!
Did I also mention this pattern and separate pieces for A, B, C, and D cup sizes? I just love patterns with that feature!
Thanks for reading! Try this pattern if you haven't! Super easy and instant gratification!