This post is entirely inspired by Liza Jane of liza jane sews. My blogging mojo has been pretty nonexistent for a bit now, even though my sewing mojo has been strong. I do have the desire to document my lovelies, but time and initiative have been in short supply. However, when Liza Jane posted her adorable version of Vogue 9022 the other day, I decided that I should really share mine too, not out of any sense of competition but as a way of adding to the conversation. When I started on this dress back in December, I searched in vain for reviews of the pattern. I really like knowing if a pattern runs true to size or if it works well in a particular type of fabric or if an alternate construction method produces better results. I love the sewing internet world for all of these reasons. So, here's my contribution to the Vogue 9022 pool of reviews.
Liza Jane called this a sack dress, and I agree with that descriptor. I have nothing against a comfy sack dress, and I think this one has a better built in shape than I expected. I used the finished garment measurements to decide on a size; I went with a small (which is a size smaller than my body measurements call for) and I shortened the dress at the waist by half an inch. I like how it fits for what it is.
I used a double layer of lightweight organic cotton jersey that I bought at Organic Cotton Plus. The double layer means that those two center seams are very thick, but adding the fell stitching helps keep them mostly flat. Obviously, I added some Alabama Chanin style embellishment to the center panel. This is the Abbie's Flower stencil, available as a free download on the AC website. This is the third stencil I've cut myself, and it's getting easier each time. Labor intensive and nerve-wracking, yes, but each time I'm more accurate and precise. I used regular fabric paint in a slightly lighter color than my fabric, outlined the shaped with a backstitch, and then cut out the centers for a reverse applique. I love the texture this process creates.
I eliminated the neckline facing in favor of the traditional AC binding. I love the look of the delicate binding, almost like a necklace, but I do worry that it won't be strong enough to hold the weight of this dress over time. I carried the binding out a bit at the back to create a keyhole tie at the top.
Overall, I'm very pleased with how this dress turned out. I love wearing it, although it doesn't feel as sturdy as my other AC garments--I'm afraid to hang it in my closet, so it stays folded with my sweaters. I'm okay with giving this one a little extra TLC though. It's a fair exchange considering its one-of-a-kind nature.