Hot! The “Gather & Go” Jersey dress


P9214414 The Facts

Fabric: Deep teal poly jersey from chinatown 2.5 metres $18
Pattern: Vogue 8728 (vintage reissue)
Year: c. 1946
Notions: none
Time to complete: 2 and 1/2 hours
First worn: September 2011
Wear again? Yes!

Total Cost: ~$18

While there are no significant changes in weather here in Singapore (no autumn, no winter ever!), that is absolutely no reason not to indulge in the loveliness and warmth of  this season's autumn hues. A look through fashion magazines and the recently opened H&M here, the big colors this season are green and orange. While I have always loved green, orange can be rather hush on my orange/yellow skin tone. My autumn palette wasn't too difficult to come up with as I have been subconsciously buying fabrics in these colors recently. Mustard, deep teal, rust, deep plum and fuschia are on the top of my list! And I do think that many of these colors complement each other pretty well. 

Autumn paletteMustard dress, bag and teal/rust shoes from Modcloth

A change of season is a great time to review my wardrobe. I took a quick look at my overflowing closet and identified a need for more knits. Another good reason to use knit was that such projects are often fast to sew.  I chose a solid deep teal poly jersey fabric for Vogue 8728, a vintage reprint from 1946.  It's a fabulous pattern where the project can be sewn using woven or knit fabrics. My very first vintage knit project!

This pattern is truly gratifying to sew and I managed to complete the project after two and a half hours of intensive sewing. With the neckline bind and gathers being the most 'challenging' part of the project, all I had to do thereafter was to sew up the seams and hem. No zipper was required since I used knit which was seriously the best part. No shoulder pads were necessary as well though instructions and patterns were included. It's truly a gather and go dress. Fast, easy and a great piece for traveling since it's fuss and crinkle free at all times.

I paired the dress with a mustard belt I made earlier this year and loved how it sets off the color.

Here's a closer look at the gathered front yoke and the front bodice which is topstitched to the yoke. A contrast of texture. 

P9214429Prior to starting on this project, I checked out the reviews and noted that a few talented seamstresses had issues with too much gathers on the front yoke and skirt. After reading that and their recommendations, what I did was to cut the front yoke two sizes smaller and the skirt a size smaller thereby reducing the amount of gathers significantly.

I am happy with how the dress turned out and thrilled to have another knit dress in my wardrobe full of wovens. Do you have the tendency to sew with woven fabrics most of the time like me or do you sew more with knit fabrics? I would love to be able to alternate the two eventually but at the moment, more knits please!



Adey Sew Convert

A former kids' television channel manager turned stay home mum from Singapore, I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy. Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 8-hour sewing class. In Dec 2008, I made a dress for my princess before she was born and have not stopped sewing since.


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  1. Super cute—— love it (Could never wear it, I’d have Heidi Boobs goin’ on!)—– wonderful color!

  2. too funny, I just cut out this pattern this week! I won’t be using a knit though, and I’m pretty sure I won’t get it done in 2.5 hours! Thanks for the tips on the gathering, it turned out great :)

  3. Oh, that’s beautiful. I love it! It suits you perfectly!

  4. this looks gorgeous on you. i’m a hug fan of knits. they’re so easy to sew and super comfy to wear. i sewed this dress the other day and am really looking forward to wearing it when the weather gets warmer here… so jealous of your no winter :)

  5. I love your clothing taste. The colors in this dress are so rich and autumnal! Thank you for sharing the modifications you made to the pattern.

  6. Love the dress, and the belt is such a great accessory for it. I still haven’t branched out to knits – I’m too scared! For now, I just work on my nice, woven, barely moves, material :)

  7. This is an awesome looking dress that I think would compliment most figure types. I also love the contrasting belt…the real “in” thing is to mix colors isn’t it.
    Jan @ BellaCasa

  8. It looks lovely! I love the color and the gathers provide such an interesting detail! :)
    I’ve made quite a few knits, mostly copying existing tops and dresses I had. I love that the fit is so forgiving! :)

  9. Wow, this is gorgeous! I’ve never sewn with knits/jerseys before as I’m too scared. I’d love to though, especially this pattern you used!

  10. It’s such a pretty dress and the colour is gorgeous on you!

  11. Lovely! I have this pattern and was thinking of trying it in a knit; now I will-thank you!

  12. Adey
    Love your dress.. It looks great on you. and what a pretty mood board..Happy sewing

  13. This is a super sexy dress, in a very subtle way! Just what I have been looking for. Casey made it in a knit too awhile back. Did you cut a smaller size overall as well, since it is a knit?

  14. Adey this is a lovely dress and your belt and shoes are the perfect complement! I sew with knits but should sew more, such a nice contrast to woven. Love your photos too!

  15. I adore this dress it is so fabulous and the belt is perfect!

  16. That is a beautiful dress. I am in love with that colour right now.

  17. Clarissa Henderson

    Beautiful! I agree that this pattern is fantastic. It’s flattering on every body shape. The color on you is very pretty.

  18. Beautiful! I love the color and the details – you always have the best details Adey!

  19. That’s a lovely dress. Thanks for the inspiration.

  20. Fab dress. I have had this pattern sat dormant for ages. I’ve been waiting to find the perfect fabric but I think a jersey looks beautifully polished and easy to chuck on! This has definitely gone up in my sewing queue. Thanks for the tip on the gathers too!

  21. I’ve got this pattern in my stash and I absolutely love your version! The color is fantastic on you. Thanks for sharing the tip about cutting the yoke and skirt smaller – I’ll remember that (and your lovely version) when I start on mine!

  22. Thank you so much Tina :) It’s my fave color of the moment!

  23. Thanks Amber! I hope to see your version too. I won’t be able to finish it in 2.5 hours using woven either as I am inclined to french every seam :P

  24. Thanks Rhonda! Knits are just so wearable! I love them too. I’m not jealous of my no winter. I want spring and autumn, not summer all year round :P

  25. Thanks Christine! Knits are actually pretty fun to sew. I tend to go for the stable kind like ponte knit or stretchy woven cos the silky jerseys are indeed scary! Your crepe dress is so sweet and pretty, it makes me wanna sew one up too:)

  26. Thanks Jan! Yup, a real in thing is to color clash:)

  27. Thanks Alessa! Yes, I love knit fabrics too for the forgiving fit (so much easier to adjust the fit too!) and in particular that they do not fray, save me lots of time from sewing french seams :)

  28. Thanks Marie! I hope you give knits a try someday. Try ponte knit first, it’s much more stable to sew compared to other types of knit jerseys:) Your ginger skirt is stunning, love the color!

  29. Thanks Rachel! Knit is great for this pattern, am glad you will be sewing one up too!

  30. Thanks Judy! Glad you like the dress and my fall palette, happy sewing too!

  31. Thanks Lisette, I didn’t cut the dress smaller overall, only the gathered bits as I used quite a stable knit fabric, only slightly stretchier than ponte knit. Hope that helps:)

  32. Thanks Cathe! I need to sew more knits too:) Love your photos of NY and the pair of boots you wore there!

  33. Thanks Jessie! I was so pleased when that belt went with the dress :)

  34. Thanks Karen! Deep teal’s my fave color of the moment too!

  35. Thank you so much Clarissa!

  36. Thanks babe! Love your golden silk blouse too, so chic!

  37. Am glad the pattern has gone up your sewing queue, it’s very wearable!

  38. Thanks Meg! Hope to see your version soon, I’m sure it will be super pretty! Have a great time in NY!