The “Yes, it’s Orange” Dress
Fabric: Orange striped jersey, thrifted — $1
Pattern: Vogue 8728, $3.99
Year: c. 1946 (reissue)
Time to complete: 3 hours
First worn: October 2011
Wear again? Yes! Yes!
Total Cost: ~$4.99
Considering how many versions of Vogue 8728 I've seen in the sewing blog world (Casey's, Erin's (versions 1, 2, 3, 4), Adey's – to name just a few), I knew it was time for me to actually use this pattern that I picked up months ago when Jo Ann's was having a pattern sale. I'm so happy that I finally did.
This week I decided I needed a break from tight waists, skinny skirts and any sort of dress that isn't conducive to lying around. Basically, I wanted a dress that I felt comfortable putting on in the morning and wearing throughout the entire day. I assumed I would have to go modern this week. I also assumed that I would go jersey/knit.
I had forgotten about this jersey knit fabric until I pulled it from the bottom of a pile in my sewing room (yes, my room is messy). The minute I saw it, I thought of Vogue 8728. So this wasn't going to be a modern dress, but it certainly was going to be a comfortable dress. And, as the title states, the fabric is indeed orange. It may look red in the photos, but next to red it's totally orange. That's my story and I'm sticking to it.
Now, considering I usually try to omit zippers from the most form fitting of dresses made with non-stretch fabric, you can bet money that I wasn't going to put one in a jersey dress. The omission of the zipper (and the fact that I should have made the dress one size smaller) made the dress a bit looser than intended. Once I realized I liked the looser fit, I cut about five inches off the hem and skipped the belt. With these changes, I felt I had a more contemporary garment that was a bit easier to wear on errands and around the house. Oh, and of course I left out the shoulder pads. Not for this version at least. With these changes, the dress was super easy to make up.
Even though this dress is not the most body flattering dress I could make, I absolutely love it! It's so comfortable and wearable. I can't wait to make another 8728!
I'm quite proud to say that Penelope took the following two photos on our pumpkin patch outing. Since I use a SLR, she has to look through the viewfinder. Considering how heavy the camera is, that's quite a feat! Good job, Pen!
And, by the way, I didn't even *try* to match the stripes to form a chevron at the shoulder. I hadn't even realized how well it matched up until I saw this photo. Yay for accidents!