2 in 2 days – Vogue 8181

This was really quick to put together. View A is an empire line V-neck knit dress that is very adaptable. I made 2 of these dresses in 2 days.

The first one is a tame version with trim on the sleeve hems and around the neckline. This is a leftover piece from SIL’s dress. The laces are leftovers too.

The second has trim on the sleeve hems, neckline and waist. Both of these fabrics are well established stash pieces.

If you haven’t sewn a gusset before, Vogue walks you through the process and since this is a knit, you can achieve a great finish in no time at all.

Gussets are a handy feature because while this is a knit fabric, you still need to be able to raise your arms naturally without stretching the fabric out of shape.

Both versions work well with my work jackets so these dresses have been worn to work and for dinners. Thank you TJ for gifting this pattern to me and this is a lovely pattern to use.

She loves them

Here are SIL’s final knit dress collection. The main change I made to this pattern after the first fitting was to bring the front of the sleeve closer to the chest. This made SIL’s bust look smaller. It did make a difference when she had the final fitting with the chevron dress.

Below is the darker all-over print that I picked up at Spotlight recently.

Each dress uses an all-over print knit in dark colours but the fit is spot on as is the length. The hems and necklines are have a cover pro finish. The rest was sewn with a straight stitch. Seams great has been used ot reinforce the shoulder seams.

The beige/black print knit is the fabric I saw, and bought and once I got it home I kept thinking ‘This would really suit SIL’. This was a year before I decided to sew for the family to keep my sewing interest going.

Her adjustments are roll shoulder adjustment, slimming back upper bodice and style needs to have v-neckline and gentle pleats or gathers at the waist. Next year I’ll make her coat, as promised and tested.

The best part was when she said, “It’s so nice to be able to wear a dress that fits the first time you wear it.” If that isn’t motivation to keep sewing, I don’t know what is. I hope to see a couple of holiday snaps of her wearing these.

For now, it’s onto making some itouch bags for the littlest ones.