Tuesday, April 16, 2013

My $2 Nautical Dress - Vogue 8667

A few weeks ago I was searching the racks at Goodwill and found a gem in the linens section.  This stable knit was hanging there with a $4 price tag, just begging to be taken home.  I took all 3 yards to the register and got it half off for $2. This double knit is soft and stretchy. 

I decided to use Vogue 8667, a wovens pattern, because some people on patternreview.com have had success using it with double knits.

I cut it out and sewed most of it in an evening.  I used clear elastic to reinforce the shoulder and waist seams.  I took it in a bunch at the side seams and center back, and it fits like a glove.  I think I brought the neckline up, but now I can't really remember.

I was going to take pictures outside, but we just got 8" of snow last night.  It's chilly!

Hmm...didn't know that the back bodice bunched a bit in this picture.  I wonder if it's just the way I'm standing or if the fit needs adjusting.

I used my twin needle to finish the sleeve edges and skirt hem edge.  I folded the neckline over 1/2" and also finished it with the twin needle.  I'm glad I took a risk instead of doing a facing.   It would have just added bulk.

Dude!  It's time for spring.  Look at those white legs!  Why do we keep getting snow?!  We're getting another storm tomorrow.  I forgot to take down my snowflake ballerinas.  One of them makes an appearance in these pictures.  In other news, the hem looks flawless.  Oh, how I love stable knits!

 This is probably the first dress I've made that is a basic.  I can dress it up or down.  I can wear it with a brown belt and boots or red heels and a long necklace.  I can wear it with a cardigan in colder weather.  I could probably even wear it with cute white Keds.

I removed 3/8" at center front and back to account for the stretchiness of the knit.  I can fit into this dress without a zipper, so I omitted that. 

I wasn't crazy about the way the back bodice distorts the sleeves, pulling them back.  I sewed this dress in a woven last winter and it was a disaster.  With the woven, it felt like the fit of the sleeve was cutting off my circulation.  Thank goodness for forgiving knits!  This dress is sooo comfy.  If I use this pattern again, I'm going to try to fix the sleeve issue.  Other people on patternreview.com complained of this problem.

Here are some other examples of how to accessorize a navy-striped dress:



Red lips, shoes and purse:


I love the idea of adding a red belt:


  1. What a great score on that fabric! Love your dress--you got a wonderful fit and it looks like it will be so versatile.

  2. Great looking dress. It fits you so well and what a bargain find.

  3. Yahoo what a great find! Very cute dress!

  4. I love it!! What a great fabric find too!

    -Ash P

  5. Cute dress! I love these kind of basic items.


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