Friday, June 24, 2011

Vogue's 2011 bestseller


Photos from Style.com




You can now count me among the many who have made Vogue 1224, the Tracy Reese knit pullover dress that has won many hearts.  It seems all seamstresses are pulling out their wild jersey prints for this one, and so did I.




Fabric
I used a lightweight rayon/lycra jersey, originally purchased Summer 2010 at Pacific Fabrics, a local fabric store chain.


Notes on construction/alterations
One feature of this dress is an elastic waist that hits probably at the natural waist or higher on most people. I noticed that many other reviewers of this pattern lengthened the bodice and lengthened the skirt, but I decided to keep both as drafted.  I'm just a bit short-waisted so this worked for me.

When the weather's not exactly warm enough for a dress, I wear it as a tunic with pants.



The pattern calls for the skirt to be lined.  I used the same fashion fabric for the skirt lining and I deviated from the pattern instructions in that I assembled them as you would a bubble skirt - I'd much rather stitch one seam than two hems.  Because the lining is shorter, you can't tell at all when I'm wearing it.



Conclusion
I'm still breastfeeding so I continue to scrutinize garments as to whether they provide easy nursing access.  It turns out that Vogue 1224 is a stylish option for all the nursing mamas out there!

The neckline drawstring is actually a length of elastic with a fashion fabric tie stitched to each end.  The elastic is entirely hidden within the drawstring casing but it means the neckline has tremendous stretch (and recovery!).  So, this pattern is a winner in my book.



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I finished BurdaStyle Magazine's 6-2011-104 button-up shirt but still need to get some pictures.  Coming soon...

23 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

This is so cute on you! I love it alone and with the leggings!

Rebecca said...

Really cute! I like the funky print!

cidell said...

how fun! This is way cute. I also love the pop up video style graphic for nursing accessibility :) Maybe I'll actually sew something with some of my fun knits too.

katherine h said...

Cute dress! Sewing the hem as a bubble was a clever idea!

Lisa said...

That hem trick sounds a winner , I have this one in my stash . You look great in this dress ( as you do in anything lol ) It's so lovely to have you back sewing .

Sharon said...

Great dress/tunic and love the fabric.

mjb said...

Thanks so much for noting that you can nurse in this! Usually I'm like, wa-waah, no nursing/pumping access, too bad. Now I just have to find time to start sewing again.

Debbie Cook said...

Great dress on you! The nursing friendly pic is hilarious (but useful too!).

meredithp said...

Looks great! I've been out of the sewing loop for a while (since your baby was born!), and this pattern looks promising. Love the nursing potential picture. :-)

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

This is a great print for this dress. I have a turquoise knit that has been languishing in my stash: I may need to sew this one up. It'd be a good going out look with wedges.

How is Burda 6-2011-104 coming along? I was strangely attracted to that garment in the June Burda, but I couldn't tell if it be too blousy in real-life. I'm interested to see your version.

Amy said...

You look great in that style! I like it both as a dress and as a tunic. Pretty fabric!

Little Hunting Creek said...

What a cute dress! It looks great on you

Sarah C said...

Super cute! I love it with the leggings and by it self. Great job.

KID, MD said...

I hadn't stitched this one yet because I wasn't sure I'd be able to nurse in it. Problem solved!! It's adorable on you and looks great as both tunic and dress.

Shannon said...

Fabulous dress! I especially love it wih the leggings/skinny pants!

Leah said...

It's so great to see your projects again. Nice to have someone combine knowledge & style with Mommy-useful advice! So many of the (awesome) PR/fashion type sewing bloggers are in such a different stage of life than I am; as much as I love them it's not always relatable for me. There is a real gap in the sewing blogosphere for someone like you. Thank you!

Costume Diva said...

Yes! I, too, made 1224

Anonymous said...

So cute! So you! Having a little one keeps one very busy and I am happy to see you are still finding time to sew. I think you are spot on when predicting this dress will be a Best of 2011!

Fran G

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Adorable and practical! I wear the Tracy Reese sun dress I made a couple years ago ALL the time. Love that she is working with Vogue.

AllisonC said...

Great version of this dress, plus the way you've shown it worn as a tunic makes it wearable into fall too.

June said...

My BFing days are dwindling down, but it's good to see BF-friendly patterns that are not specifically for nursing. You look terrific in the top, and I'm happy to see you posting again. :) Thanks for the inspiration!

narcissaqtpie said...

This is soooo cute! I have to make this. Thanks for the inspiration!

SEWN said...

Great dress. Love it!