Vogue 1224

Materials: 2 yards of a jersey print fabric (listed as cotton, but definitely synthetic) from Fabric.com; Vogue 1224 pattern.

Time: A couple of afternoons.

Cost: $10 fabric + $4 pattern = $14. (In parentheses: $30 list price for this pattern? I know that it’s part of your designer collection and all, but seriously, Vogue?)

Lady mags are always going on about how easy jersey dresses are.  Easy, comfy, wrinkle-resistant, and on and on. So I decided to whip one up from this length of jersey that’s been hanging around my fabric stash for the past year.  It would, I figured, certainly be a fast and almost slapdash project after the Lady Grey.

Here, as always, some quick internet research on the pattern saved me a ton of potential sewing headaches.  This is a very simple pattern, meant to have a tight-ish skirt and a loose-ish top, but most of the bloggers who’ve made it up noted that the top was very loose and the skirt very short and tight.  Duly noted; when I cut out my fabric, I:

  • Cut the bodice pieces one size smaller, and the skirt two sizes larger, than my usual size
  • Added 1″ to the bodice length
  • Added as much length as I could squeeze from my fabric to the skirt (which ended up being a little over 2″)

While making it, I also shortened the neck elastic a lot, and sewed the skirt and lining hems together on the inside, because I am lazy and dislike hemming.

After all of the pre-research, this was a really quick project; it took me as long to thread the neck elastic through the neckline as it did to do the rest of the construction.

I also ventured for the first time into the land of using a twin needle for the neck and arm edges, and it wasn’t nearly as fearsome as I’d imagined.  The tips on this page were very helpful; I ended up using a bobbin of hand-wound woolly nylon, as recommended, and strips of Steam-A-Seam as a stabilizer to prevent skipped stitches.

The verdict: this dress is, as advertised, extremely, almost absurdly, comfy and easy.  Jersey dresses!  Who knew?  Besides women’s magazines, that is?

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