Hot! The “NYC Times Square Skyscraper” Dress

Fabric: Dark Steel Blue Lightweight Linen, White Unbleached Cotton Lining

Pattern: Vogue Pamella Roland  V1232

Year: 2011

Notions: Nylon Fusible Knit Interfacing, 14″ Invisible Zipper, Eye & Hook and Thread

Time to Complete: 26 Hours

First worn: For Photos in Times Square!

Wear again? Absolutely.

Total Price: $35.50 – Fabric was $30, Notions were $5.50

This is my favorite piece I have sewn so far for SewWeekly. I took my inspiration from the NYC Skyline and it’s magnificent Skyscrapers. Now for the good stuff, I naively looked at this dress and thought beautiful, this won’t take me long, ha! Turns out it was 23 pattern pieces and then 20 of the pieces had to be cut out in triplicate. The entire body of the dress except for the flounce was interfaced & lined. It took me a long time to cut out and mark all the pieces. Sewing it was very start forward, there was just a lot of steps. I never interfaced an entire dress before but once you have it on you feel the strength of the construction, but my favorite part is the flounce around the bottom. One of my goals with participating in the weekly challenges is to use more sewing feet, in this dress I used my Gathering Foot, the Zipper Foot and the Narrow Hem foot which the more I use, the easier it gets. For anyone wanting to use the Narrow Hem Foot I found that a small stitch length and slow speed is the best combination for getting a smooth curve and I always practice with the actually fabric scraps. We shot our photos in Time Square where your surrounded by Skyscrapers and the High Octane Energy that drives New York CIty. As the photos were being taken I could not help singing in my head…New York, New York a heck of a town, the Bronx are up and the Battery is down…

The “NYC Times Square Skyscraper” Dress 1

The “NYC Times Square Skyscraper” Dress 2

The “NYC Times Square Skyscraper” Dress 2

The “NYC Times Square Skyscraper” Dress 3

The “NYC Times Square Skyscraper” Dress Twirl Front View

The “NYC Times Square Skyscraper” Dress Twirl Back View



Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. Your dress looks amazing, love the twirls:)

  2. Looking good! Fab dress – Love the swish! :)

    • Hi Anna, thank you, yes the swish photos were fun. My best friend Carmen was singing wonder women theme song in the background, I couldn’t stop laughing.

  3. Oh la la! Love it!

  4. I love love LOVE this!

  5. Ahhh I love your twirl photos! And holy crap, this dress sounds like it was a chore and a half! But very well done in the execution!

  6. That was well worth all that time and effort and the swirly photos are so much fun!

  7. Wow that is a dress and a half! It looks fantastic on you and I love the frill at the bottom.

  8. This dress is gorgeous! You did good!

  9. Thank you Helen, it’s become my favorite dress.

  10. Hi Liz, yes – so not what I expected from looking at the front of the pattern sleeve. However the directions were very clear to follow and I would buy a pattern by her (Pamella Roland) again.

  11. Well look at you Krista! Dancing in the streets! You look beautiful. So glad to see NYC in your photos – what a backdrop! I long to visit. Remind me to never make this dress – congratulaition on your tenacity and perseverance. It looks wonderful on you and great that you are honing your skills

  12. You know trish, I did think of you when posting and how you suggested more pics of NYC. You should make the dress, it’s actually easy steps to the construction, I just wouldn’t typically have done it in a week, then again, my goal is to make things I love to wear.

  13. Krista! Wow! This is one of my favorite dresses of yours. Your photos are excellent! I love the perspective with you looking so tall and statuesque just like the buildings. The whole color scheme of the dress and Time Square is so fun and pleasing to the eye! Job well done. Thanks for the tip on the narrow hem foot. I’ve got to try that sometime.

  14. Wow – your dress is beautiful and the photos show it off nicely. It must have been fun taking pictures in Times Square after all the work it took to make the dress.

  15. Thanks SewOm, yes it was fun taking pictures.

  16. good glory wow, on so many levels. the dress. the shoes. the fact that you got great times square shots uncluttered by tourists?!

  17. not sure which shows more–how much you love that dress, or how all of that work in cutting and construction (23 pattern pieces?!?!?!) paid off! you look amazing!

  18. Krista! You are sultry! Love the dress and pictures. You look fantastic!

  19. Darl, you have lost me at 23 pieces, I am just too lazy. Know thyself – I do!

    • Hey Trish, I’ m not sure I would have bought the pattern if I knew how many pieces there were but I would buy another of her patterns, the directions were very clear to follow.

  20. You are MAGNIFICENCE in this dress! Thank you for tackling a helluva pattern so we could enjoy it. I have a HUGE crush on this whole thing!

  21. Fantastic dress, twirls and photos! Seriously, did you have a strobe set up? Awesome.

  22. Ummm YES! Those twirl photos are AMAZING. I’ve never seen this dress sewn up before, and your version is just stunning – I absolutely love it on you!!

    • Thanks Meg. I’ve worn it to work twice and I really love it. I hope in the future I can make another one. I’m think fushia on top and flounce on the bottom in a pattern.