Don’t worry, there aren’t 8728 Vogue 8728s. This one dates from October 2011:
I think this may be my most recent alphabet-print dress. I have lots and lots of alphabet-print FABRIC still, but I haven’t felt the need to make any of it up recently. Perhaps because I give fewer dictionary-themed talks these days?
The bodice (the type’s not quite so sharp on this one):
Pretty decent zipper:
And the back:
Today’s Vogue 8728 comes with a bonus helping of Supreme Court Justice:
(You can get the full story here.)
The Hundred Dresses (the book) is now up to eight Amazon reviews … but it’s always nice to have more, if you’ve read the book and want to have your say!
Careful readers of A Dress A Day (are there any other kind? I think not) will have seen this dress twice before; it’s definitely one of my favorites:
The buttons are probably my favorite part — they’re covered with another black&white alphabet fabric at a different scale:
There are a lot of things I’ll do differently when I make this pattern again. For instance, I don’t think the placket edges need to be edgestitched:
And when I first put in the zipper, I started the top too low and the fabric ripped at the stress point — you can see the repair below (I also replaced the zipper):
Here’s the back, it’s off-center on my dress form but not in real life, really.
This is from Butterick 7513:
Honestly, I don’t know why I don’t make this all the time, it’s super-comfortable and not very demanding. It might be because I tend to shy away from center-front skirt seams, but I’m getting over that. Maybe I’ll give this one another shot soon …
And in Hundred-Dresses-The-Book news, did I already link to this nice HuffPo slideshow? Check it out!
The sharper-eyed among you may have noticed that I had a new dress on in that picture with Justice O'Connor. I did! It's this one:
I'm pretty obsessed with Vogue 8728 at this point. For one thing, it's incredibly comfortable to wear. The gathers in the bodice and cap sleeves allow for a lot of range of motion in the shoulders — I never feel as if reaching up to grab something is going to result in a big "rriiiiiiipppp". The skirt's easy to wear, too (especially as I have — as is my wont — added ginormous pockets).
Here's a closer view of the bodice:
I know one of you lovely readers gave me the heads-up on this fabric, probably two years ago now. (I bought it on eBay, cue Weird Al.) Was it you? Thank you! (Take credit in the comments!)
So yeah I've made a few more of these recently. It's my new go-to. Watch for them all this week …
Did everyone know that this week's Spoonflower content is ALPHABET PRINTS? OMG, so many great ones …
Thanks to everyone who sent me the link, especially Mina (check out her gorgeous ginkgo fabric!) and Robin!
Many thanks to Caroline who tipped me off that D&G's Fall 2011 collection was an A-Z of alphabet prints and bright colors. (Also, some dead muppets.)
If I can't get some of this fabric, it won't be for lack of trying. (Also, can I pull off high-heeled orange sneakers?)
Thanks, Domenico and Stefano! Choose Life!