For some reason this pattern intimidated me a little, and I don't scare easily when it comes to sewing. However, I let it sit in my stash for awhile. I think it is the gathering on the front that scared me a little and the possibility that it could very easily turn out too large on top.
The fabric suggestion for the dress is either knit or woven. I decided to use a silvery gray polyester knit purchased at fabric.com several months ago. After looking at the finished bust measurement, I made a size smaller than I usually make. I dangerously cut into my fabric without making a muslin. I really never make muslins for knit dresses, unless I am working with expensive fabric--this fabric was not. I was perplexed a little by the instructions for this pattern. The directions indicate that in order to attach the bodice to the midriff (and the midriff to the skirt) you should fold under the seam allowance and topstitch them together. I could not see why I couldn't just place right sides together and sew the seam as usual, so that is what I did. It worked with no problem. The only thing I can figure out about the strange instructions is that it must be some sort of vintage sewing technique since this is a reissue "Vintage" Vogue pattern.
The neckline is bound using a bias strip cut from the fabric I usually battle a little with bias neck bindings, but this one went on easily. I think the knit fabric has just the right stretch for making it easy. Also, I did a baby hem. I just serged the edge and turned it under, stitched it, turned it under again, and stitched it again.
left side of picture: inside hem
right side of picture: outside hem
This dress was truly very easy to make and very quick, particularly in light of my intimidation by it in the beginning. I wore it to work today.
Yellow patent bow belt: Forever 21
Shoes: Victoria's Secret (old as dirt)
Until next time, Happy Sewing!!