Hot! The Polka Dot Potluck Dress

The Facts:

Fabric: Red jersey with white polka dots, $10
Pattern: Vintage Vogue 8728
Year: 1946
Notions: thread
Time to complete: 4 hours
First worn: February 14th, 2012
Wear again? Absolutely
Total cost: $14

Friends, I am in love with this dress.  Not only is it one of the most comfortable things I have ever sewn in my history of sewing, but it’s flattering and doesn’t need to be ironed. Oh yes, I am a big fan of not ironing.

The dress was a breeze to sew together.  I actually eliminated the zipper/snaps that the pattern called for because I could wiggle my way in without it.  Skipping that step saved a great amount of time in the whole process – I cannot imagine trying to put a zipper in this fabric. There is a ton of stretch in this material, which I love, but it’s not my favorite thing to hem. So don’t look at the hem, K? K.



I added the black belt to the outfit on my boyfriend’s suggestion. The outfit needed a little something to break up all the red.  I originally was going to make a white belt to accompany the dress, but when you have ribs in the crock pot and guests coming in five minutes and you are trying to hem your super stretchy material, you prioritize real quick. Since my hemming happened so quickly, it may be the one thing I go back and adjust.  I wouldn’t mind if this dress hit me at knee level, rather than two inches below.  I feel like the length is dangerously close to the large part of my calf and that makes me nervous.  I don’t like drawing attention to these monsters (unless I am running – totally different story then).

I call this dress the Polka Dot Potluck dress as I first got to wear it for a potluck we hosted on Valentine’s Day.  I am NOT a fan of V-Day, but my boyfriend is, and has been trying to persuade me.  In an effort to show some spirit for the holiday, as well as save a little money, I invited all of our friends over for amid-week potluck.  This dress was great in that it allowed me to move quickly around the kitchen and to eat (a lot) without worrying about straining my seams.

I hope you all had a fabulous and love-filled Valentine’s Day!  I guess it isn’t such a bad holiday after all :)


Meg the Grand

Megan Grandstaff was thrown into the sewing world in 2005. Ever since that fateful day, she has been eager to increase her skills and reduce her (quite large) fabric stash.


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  1. You look lovely in your dress and soooooo sweet together with your o/h!

  2. You take the most absolutely adorable pictures! I kinda love this dress–it’s a very grown up version of Minnie Mouse!

  3. I still have to hem the first dress I made, but I do love the idea of it in knit. Yours is perfect for you. And I adore your fun pictures.

  4. I absolutely adore this dress, Meg! You look fabulous! This is, by far, my favorite version of 8728 – those polka dots were such a great choice. Also, can we discuss how Rob’s tie matches perfectly? Y’all are just too awesome/adorable.

  5. Very cute! I’ve made up this pattern twice now. It sews together fabulously! Loving the polka dots.

  6. Gorgeous dress! I’ve been eyeing up that pattern for a while – your dress has just pushed me a step closer to getting it. :-)

  7. ooh that’s cute – ! love a dress that doesn’t need ironing

  8. You remind me of Amy Adams in this dress, I think its the pose and your lovely hair. Looks fab on you!

  9. Dress (and boyfriend) are super cute. You look very happy!!!!

  10. So gosh darn cute! What a fun way to do Valentine’s as well!

  11. Can’t beat comfort and cuteness. Lovely dress, handsome man.

  12. Yay for food-friendly, non-straining seams on dresses! Glad you were able to finish it before your friends arrived, it looks great.

  13. You look so cute and happy! Your dress makes me want to buy this pattern.

  14. I LOVE IT! I’ve been eyeing this pattern for a while, but I’ve never sewn with knits before. You may have just pushed me over the edge to buying this pattern and some knit fabric!

  15. awwwwwww…how freakin’ awesome is this dress and the photos of you guys! So wish I could have been there!!! xoxoxoxo

  16. This dress is awesome!!! I just love the polka dot! I was wondering if you happen to have the item number from your fabric because I can’t find it anywhere!

  17. You are amazing and this dress is amazing, that bodice is to die for. You look hot in red Meg. Red hot Meg.

  18. This dress is my idea of perfection – yay!

  19. Ack! You bombshell! I love the pictures especially you and your man!

  20. So pretty.. I love red and I love polka dots.. Great job.Happy sewing.

  21. Meg the Grand for real! I’m so glad to see this dress, as it’s inching up in my queue. I completely love your version.