Vogue 8448

 Vogue8449 001
I had a formal fundraising function to attend this past weekend and I literally whipped this up in a few hours with some overlock material that I found on the bargain table at Hancocks.  I think the whole dress cost me $12.  The pattern is Vogue 8448.  From the envelope, it is an "unlined, flared, halter dress in three lengths:  above mid-knee, below mid-calf, or evening length with train."  I think it would have been fun to see what the dress looked like with the train, but I only had 3 1/4 yards fabric.  The full-length view calls for 5-6 yards of fabric.  Also, the pattern calls for fabrics with 2-way stretch.
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This was sooooo easy to make, can I tell you?  The dress was only 2 pattern pieces, 2 fronts and 2 backs.  The line drawing on the envelope is pretty accurate, so if you don’t like backless dresses, this one may not be for you.
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It’s also pretty low cut in the front for my taste, so I did some serious tacking in the front and back (see above and below picture).  I tacked the back about 2 inches above the knot:
Vogue8449 007
Finish the neckline and back by simply turning under the seam allowance and stitching.  Or, try some other pretty finishing embelishments.  I attached a fold-over elastic.  Just stitch right sides together, stretching the elastic slightly and turn under.
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I really like the front and back views of this dress.  The side view?  well…
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There’s a knot at the lower front and back and no "supportive help" at the bust to offset the look.  Plus, the weight of the long dress pulls everything down further.  I ended up taking in 2 inches at the neck to bring the waist seams up to where they should be.  If you made a shorter dress, you wouldn’t have this problem.  If the bare shoulders and back bother you, wear it like this:
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I love the drape of the skirt.  I think it’s an overall great looking dress.  The bonus? This shawl cost more than the dress.  I think my overall look cost about $35.00.Open-mouthed
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    • margaret
    • May 19th, 2008

    So glad you finally put up a picture of the dress. It looks beautiful on you and I’m glad you had a chance to wear it. The shawl is pretty too but I think the dress alone would have been perfect. M

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