Fabulous, knit and easy. My kind of dress.
Of course I have no appropriate place to where this dress. But I don't care.
Because it's fabulous. And it was oh so easy to sew.
Just in case you don't recognize it, it's Vogue 1151, a Cynthia Steffe design. You might not recognize it because I added five inches to the length so it wouldn't be a mini.
In my opinion, one of the best parts of this dress is the back with the exposed zipper. I didn't have a lot of choices for metal zippers at my local Joann store so it's simply a black metal zipper.
Here's a close up of the zipper:
Total time to construct this dress was just under six hours. And that included my pattern alterations. I did a forward shoulder adjustment, a sway back adjustment and an FBA.
The fabric is a Ponteroma Knit in a soft gray purchased at Hancock Fabrics back when I still shopped there. You know, before that horrible little yellow tag system was implemented. (I really should give them another try shouldn't I?) The fabric was a dream to sew.
I sewed a size 12 tapering to a 14 at the waist and hips. I know I've said this many times before but I do not like tight fitting clothes. To the point that at times I probably add more ease than the designer intended. That might be the case with this dress as I found there was plenty of ease in the areas I increased.
If I can figure out a way to wear this dress to the office I will as I'm really pleased with the end result. The bias collar, the exposed zipper, the princess seams, the darted skirt, the topstitched armholes...I like it all.
Added bonus? The neutral gray means any shoe color will look great!