Monday, 28 October 2013

2 in 2 days - Vogue 8181

This was really quick to put together. View A is an empire line V-neck knit dress that is very adaptable. I made 2 of these dresses in 2 days.
The first one is a tame version with trim on the sleeve hems and around the neckline. This is a leftover piece from SIL's dress. The laces are leftovers too.
The second has trim on the sleeve hems, neckline and waist. Both of these fabrics are well established stash pieces.
If you haven't sewn a gusset before, Vogue walks you through the process and since this is a knit, you can achieve a great finish in no time at all.

Gussets are a handy feature because while this is a knit fabric, you still need to be able to raise your arms naturally without stretching the fabric out of shape.

Both versions work well with my work jackets so these dresses have been worn to work and for dinners. Thank you TJ for gifting this pattern to me and this is a lovely pattern to use.

17 comments:

theperfectnose said...

Nice! You're most welcome, you've put it to very good use! heheheh love that you made a 'tame' version and a laced up version. Well done.

redpointtailor said...

How wonderful! Two great fitting dresses! Congratulations!
There are sometimes such days :-)

Sheila said...

Two lovely dresses... great prints.

RhondaBuss said...

Lovely dresses. You must be the best dressed person in your office :)

BeaJay said...

Love both of your dresses. Fabric is gorgeous. Great dresses for the office and out to dinner.

Dorothy DotDot said...

Love the fabric choices.

studiofaro said...

The sewing tornado strikes again! Fabulous dresses Maria!

Sharon said...

Great dresses Maria and so good they work with your jackets.

Cherie said...

Those are really great dresses... I love gussets, too. Well done!

SarahLizSewStyle said...

Gussets are wonderful - you don't see many of them nowadays - really do allow the arm to move. Those two dresses are really smart - it's lovely to have a simple pattern to run up inbetween more complex projects :)

Kristy said...

Yay for using stash fabrics! They are both the perfect choice for the simple but stylish lines of the pattern

Kyle said...

you are a sewing dynamo!!! Two in two days, I'm in awe!

Cherrypix said...

That's the best looking use of that black/camel floral I've seen yet! Interesting idea to use a gusset in a knit... Yet another cool tip I've learned from you! (I just installed a zipper guard on a skirt, thanks to one of your earlier posts!)

sewexhausted said...

Wow... 2 in 2 days... Most awesome. And both are VERY nice! Well done! ~Laurie

Michelle said...

Two great wardrobe additions! I wish I could put together two dresses as quickly as you and make them look so good!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Those are two great new dresses that will give you a lot of wearing options!

Gail said...

You are so prolific! Love that you make two of everything. The simple lines of the dress suit you.

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