I’ve had Vogue 8896 in my stash for some time. I always like the look of wrap dresses on others – plus, the idea of easy knits appeals to me. As the pattern says, “Very Easy, Very Vogue.” It does not disappoint. I went to the fabric store on January 2 – picking up needles. I saw the fabric in the clearance bin for $5.00 yard. I knew immediately it had to be this dress! So – I looked up the pattern, bought 2 1/2 yards of fabric and went along my merry way!
The sewing was very easy. I used my serger for most of the edges and a twin needle for the hem at the bottom and at the sleeve edges. The pattern calls for gathers at the shoulders and waist. I’m not sure that I am crazy about the gathers at the waist…but I wore the dress to work yesterday with a jacket and it did not bother me much. Between cutting the pattern, the fabric and actual sewing, it probably took about 2 hours. I eliminated the back seam. The fabric has a lot of stretch – I cut a size 10 and it worked perfectly.
Annnnnddddd…..here’s a picture. I am not very photogenic…but, it will do. I need to work on my model poses.
What I learned:
- I need to work on finding a way to pose that makes me not look like an idiot.
- Twin needles with knits should be set on a longer stitch length! It makes all the difference!
- Read your serger manual – it really does make a difference what settings you use to avoid puckering fabric. I finally figured this out after owning the damn thing for over two years.
- My effort to learn my camera is going slowly. I suppose I should read the manual (ha!).
A little sneak peak at what’s on my sewing table now.