Vogue 1194 the perfect Winter dress

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Vogue 1194

This is a pullover dress (no zippers!)  with just enough great detailing to make it  more than just a pullover knit dress.


DKNY Fall 2009

I cut my usual size 12 and made only a few adjustments.  The pattern instructions were easy to follow with the exception of the pocket insertion.  Usually for inseam side pockets, I follow Sandra Betzina’s method of pocket insertion.  It’s basically sew one pocket to the front, and sew one pocket to the back and then sew it all together when you sew up the side seam.  This time I followed the directions and it did come out okay.  I used a lining fabric for the pocket to cut down on bulk:

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It turned out okay, I think.  I like the twisted strip detailing in the front.  I left the elastic out of the waist pieces. 

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Take care with this middle back area, there’s a lot of fabric which can make things bulky, especially with heavy knit fabrics like this ponteroma knit (from Hancocks).  The directions for the neck area were really nice, I like the finishing on this:

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See how the front neck facing finishes over the back neck with no bulk?  Very nice.

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I stitched further up the center front about one inch to make it not so low cut.

I’ll sew this again for sure.  Next time I would come up with a better way to finish that front neck edge, possibly a stretch fusible interfacing?  I’ll have to think about that.  Also, I’d like to come up with a  way to add elastic back to the waist area without creating so much bulk.    Right now, the back sort of hangs away from the body.  Perhaps I should try using elastic thread?  Another thing to ponder.

This is a wonderful dress.  The Ponte knit is quite bulky, but it drapes well, and it’s really warm.  It makes a great packable garment for traveling.

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  1. What a fab dress – you look smashing!

  2. Love this. Your fabric is beautiful. Did you buy the fabric online? I love all things animal print!

  3. This is a really nice dress. I passed over this pattern because it seemed kind of “meh” to me, but seeing yours on you makes me think twice about it. Love the print on your knit! You’re sure to get a lot of wear out of it, too.

  4. You dress came out great! A truly fabulous winter dress indeed.

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