The Hundred Dresses: Day 39

Another Vogue 8460! I bought this very cheerful fabric in Japan back in 2007:

sunflower Vogue 8460

I forgot to point out yesterday the really elegant double darts in the bodice front — they’re one of my favorite features of this pattern, even though they are slightly tricky to sew:

sunflower Vogue 8460 darts

Here’s the zipper — I’m very pleased with this one, as well:

Sunflower Vogue 8460 zipper

And the back:

sunflower Vogue 8460 back

You might have noticed that this dress is longer than yesterday’s, because, well, it is. The first time I wore yesterday’s dress I was biking, and the dress was slightly too long and got caught in the back wheel between the wheel and the fender, and the accumulated city crud on my fender left an ugly black smear. So I washed it and shortened it by about three inches, so that I wouldn’t worry about it getting caught on the bike. I think this one I will leave long, though, since it’s more of a dinner-out dress than a “hop on my bike” dress.

What fabrics would you make this dress in?

13 thoughts on “The Hundred Dresses: Day 39

  1. i´m imagine a plaid on the diagonal……. 🙂

    here in G. we have this plastic or net things for the rear wheel of the bike, called “coat protection”. or you drive – like me – a Dutch bike that have the “mantelschutz” as standard equipement…….


  2. Mums as flower substitutes!! Florists often get the request “no mums or carnations in the bouquet please.”


  3. This is my favorite of all the dresses you’ve shown so far! Love the fabric, neckline, darts – everything. Now you’ve got me on a quest to hunt down this pattern. And I’d give your zipper an A- (because there’s one little wrinkle to the left). 😉


  4. Love! Love! Love!

    I have a pattern similar to this except the bodice has a seam down the center front and back and the skirt very full. Okay, I guess it’s not all that similar but now you’ve got me thinking about playing with it a little more. I’ve made it once and used the skirt from a different pattern because I wanted one with less fullness.


  5. I would make this pattern in an obnoxious novelty print, because I make everything in obnoxious novelty prints. And I’d wear it with a crinoline, assuring that passersby give me a wide berth.


  6. Beate beat me to it (in a pleasingly alliterative way). I was going to say that I’ve never, I think, had a dress/skirt catch that way in the bike – then I realised I’ve only had bikes with what Swedes call skirt guards. However, I do believe the piece of crap I’m cycling on at the moment (because all my bikes got STOLEN ALL THE TIME) doesn’t, so thanks for the reminder to be careful. Trousers however, since I favour the wide kind, often get into trouble. 😦 The left, unprotected, side flaps into the chain or gets caught in that bit where the pedal turns in the …. um… sockety thing. Beautiful dress and MAGNIFICENT zip!


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