Autumn 9929

by Erin on November 1, 2012

Autumn 9929

So the Vogue 9929s are continuing into the autumn, despite their sleeveless nature. I used to think sleeveless dresses in wintertime were really weird … and then I moved to California, where I am sitting sans this cardigan at my desk right now, after a warmish 30-minute bike ride into the office.

I figured I’d try a Vogue 9929 in a less-summery fabric when I saw a piece of this Liberty babycord on sale on eBay. I love Liberty babycord, and I love this pattern (which I believe is called Robin). But since there was just a little less than 2 yards of it, the 9929 was the only pattern I knew would work …

Liberty babycord is super, super soft but still hangs nicely. And the pile/wales of this corduroy are not so deep that you have to use a needleboard when pressing (which is good since I have no idea where mine is). I didn’t want to do self-fabric binding at the neck, because I thought the corduroy, as fine as it is, would still be too bulky, so it’s plain old Wrights bias tape, in olive green. The flags in this pattern are a purple-y mauve, marron, tan, pumpkin, and mustard, and a kind of smokey teal green (or greenish gray).

In keeping with the autumnal theme, I’m wearing this with mustard knee socks, oxblood Justin roper boots (a new purchase from Etsy!) and a kind of reddish-maroon-y J. Crew sweater. The socks are a bit weird in this picture — it looks like I’m wearing tights labeled “jaundice suntan” but in Real Life they are more mustard-y, I swear. Tights in a brighter yellow-mustard probably would have been a better choice, but I really don’t like wearing tights while biking. (My skirt gets all hung up on the tights and I spend the whole ride pulling it down, instead of watching out for oblivious minivans pulling out of driveways.)

I’m also wearing an olive-drab Swatch, which you can’t see because my hands are shoved deep into my pockets, as always.

This dress is so comfortable it looks like I’ll be wearing it (and making it) year-round! Hmmm, maybe a wool gabardine version …

{ 11 comments… read them below or add one }

Ann V. November 1, 2012 at 6:30 pm

I nearly wore gold tights today (with my new Lauren Conrad for Kohl’s dress) – but I decided on no hose. I’m in Ohio and I’m a little cold.


Joni November 1, 2012 at 6:37 pm

I am so impressed by your dedication to the 9929! And I can’t wait to see what Erin’s Go-To Pattern of 2013 will be.


beate November 2, 2012 at 8:05 am

lovely dress! i like light colors in the darker time of the year.
and in dresses for this time i sew a taffeta lining in the skirts. here it´s since oktober to cold for only knee socks.
yesterday i wore my “quiltet” petticoat under my wool skirt the first time this season – to bike to the supermarket in cold rain……. cosy :-)
greatings from the saxon switzerland


Jen November 2, 2012 at 2:14 pm

Gaw… I really really really want to find My Own Pattern . I love the concept you’ve got rolling here. Love it. Oh, hey, the Justin Ropers…. got ‘em ! ;) I love that you bicycle commute too. You are 2cool ! Jen-from-Napa


Alverdine November 4, 2012 at 9:10 am

You look wonderful – very autumnal! (And I think the tights are perfect.)


Emily G. November 4, 2012 at 9:33 pm

What a fantastic print! Love how you’ve found A Dress for All Seasons–looking forward to the wool version.


Amere November 5, 2012 at 3:18 pm

I love sleeveless dresses in the winter, not sure why because we just got hit with the perfect storm sandy. Not as bad as NY and NJ but the temp did drop.

I love your look! enjoy your bike rides!


WendyBee November 5, 2012 at 4:57 pm

Perfect. A good pattern in a suitable style for the wearer and her lifestyle is the greatest sewing find! It should be adaptable for many occasions and through all the seasons. I think you have found yours. You look terrific in it!


fabdeb November 6, 2012 at 11:39 pm

Wool gabardine. Frabjous!


Skiffyknitter November 10, 2012 at 3:56 am

Delurking to recommend honest-to-God silk slips to stop your tights hanging up on your skirt.


Scrapiana November 12, 2012 at 10:29 pm

Ah, I was pawing the babycord in Liberty (yes, in Regent Street, London) but two days ago. I didn’t buy any, though it was so extraordinarily soft that it created a kind of textile illusion for me that I wasn’t touching anything at all. Does that make sense…? Enjoy your untouchable and very cute dress!


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