Floral Tracy Reese dress

Vogue 1584 is designed by Tracy Reese. This pattern has just 1 dress but it’s worth making if you want a knit dress that has good fit but is a wee bit different.


When I first made this pattern up in 2019 it was to celebrate #bhmpatterndesigners.
Being eco-conscious, this fabric is overstock fabric so I’m glad to have chosen this fabric to test.
There are some very helpful details on Minerva’s website that will help you choose the right knit for your project. For instance, this fabric has width stretch of 150% and length stretch of 50%. Those details indicate this knit is perfect for this dress.

The bodice is asymmetrical so having two-way stretch makes using this fabric perfect for this dress style.
The other great thing about this fabric is the print. There are 2 colourways to choose from. I chose this as the more neutral colourway for an everyday dress. I can still wear this dress for a date night, but I really wanted a day dress that’s comfortable while I’m working from home.
This pattern has lining for both the bodice and the skirt. I lined the bodice but not the skirt using Minerva’s fabulous quality viscose stretch jersey. This is perfect knit lining fabric and it feels so soft against my skin.
There are some lovely pleats at the shoulder that you can just make out with this print. If pleats are not your strength, try using this fabric to practice sewing pleats. You’ll realise how forgiving this print is when you’re first starting to sew with knit fabrics.
I’ve sewn size 14 and cut the hem to size after I wore this dress for a day. I do that so that I can get a better feel for how I’m really going to wear this dress. And no one will even notice the hem when you’re getting feel for it.
I’ve used a normal sewing stitch and pulled the fabric just slightly as I sewed

A handy Summer dress

When I first made this pattern up in 2019 it was to celebrate #bhmpatterndesigners.
Being eco-conscious, this fabric is overstock fabric so I’m glad to have chosen this fabric to test.
There are some very helpful details on Minerva’s website that will help you choose the right knit for your project. For instance, this fabric has width stretch of 150% and length stretch of 50%. Those details indicate this knit is perfect for this dress.

It’s been great to wear regularly!

The bodice is asymmetrical so having two-way stretch makes using this fabric perfect for this dress style
The other great thing about this fabric is the print. There are 2 colourways to choose from. I chose this as the more neutral colourway for an everyday dress. I can still wear this dress for a date night, but I really wanted a day dress that’s comfortable while I’m working from home.
This pattern has lining for both the bodice and the skirt. I lined the bodice but not the skirt using Minerva’s fabulous quality viscose stretch jersey. This is perfect knit lining fabric and it feels so soft against my skin.
There are some lovely pleats at the shoulder that you can just make out with this print. If pleats are not your strength, try using this fabric to practice sewing pleats. You’ll realise how forgiving this print is when you’re first starting to sew with knit fabrics.
I’ve sewn size 14 and cut the hem to size after I wore this dress for a day. I do that so that I can get a better feel for how I’m really going to wear this dress. And no one will even notice the hem when you’re getting feel for it.
I’ve used a normal sewing stitch and pulled the fabric just slightly as I sewed.

You’ll definitely find this post and more on my Minerva Brand Ambassador page. I love sewing for Minerva and sharing my makes with you.

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