The Hundred Dresses: Day 61

I *think* this is the last Vogue 8728 — I went and dug it out of the “winter dresses” storage container in the garage, although really, in San Francisco you can pretty much wear your winter clothes on any random day in July. My east coast habits will die hard, though, and I’ll pull out that bin of corduroy and wool just when we hit that string of lovely 70+F days in late September and early October. (Someday I’ll learn …)

Speaking of wool, this is Liberty Jubilee, which is one of my favorite fabrics in the world. Jubilee is not the pattern name; it’s the name of their wool/cotton mix. It’s lightweight, warm, and wrinkle-free. (This was not-so-gently placed in the aforementioned storage bin and I was able to photograph it without pressing it.) I don’t think they make it anymore, which is a shame. (There’s also the Burwood Liberty fabric, which is wool/silk … I have a piece but I haven’t made anything with it yet.)

Liberty Jubilee Vogue 8728 front

Here’s the bodice:
Liberty Jubilee Vogue 8728 bodice

And the side zip & pocket:
Liberty Jubilee Vogue 8728 side zip and pocket

And the back:
Liberty Jubilee Vogue 8728 back 2


Wow, the days are going by really quickly. I can’t believe that we’ll be done in a little over a month!

The Hundred Dresses: Day 60

Another Vogue 8728 — you’ve seen this one before, too. I do so love a broken plaid:

broken plaid Vogue 8728

I only wish I had this fabric with the dark/light sections reversed. That would be even better.

broken plaid Vogue 8728 bodice

I’m particularly fond of this stony gray.

broken plaid Vogue 8728 side zip

The placement of the blank bits on the back was accidental but I like how they balance each other out …

broken plaid Vogue 8728 back

I vaguely remember that I made this dress for a traveling occasion (not sure which one) and ended up hemming it in a hotel room (maybe?). In any case, I’m going to use that dim recollection as an excuse to post my traveling sewing kit:

Sewing Kit #5 (complete kit)

This is the one I toss in my suitcase when I’m traveling. I was going to tell you how big it is but you can see the seam gauge ruler right there. Here it is outside the bag:

Sewing Kit #1

The Sharpie is for, well, Sharpie-ing, and the dental floss is really handy for sewing on coat buttons that inconveniently pop off. I used to carry buttonhole twist but I hated carrying a whole spool and I usually had the wrong color, anyway. (The Sharpie comes in handy for coloring the dental floss that’s visible once you’ve sewn on the button.) Here are the little Altoid tins opened: safety pins, random button assortment for close-enough matches, and a little bit of fusible tape … just in case.

Sewing Kit #3 (the tins)

And of course the pins and needles:

Sewing Kit #4 (the pins)

Do you have a portable sewing kit? What’s in it?

The Hundred Dresses: Day 59

Another Vogue 8728, this time in bright pink dotted swiss:

pink dotted swiss Vogue 8728

I posted this dress a couple of years ago — I wore it on my 40th birthday. It really is THAT PINK:
pink dotted swiss Vogue 8728 bodice
Here’s the side zip:
pink dotted swiss Vogue 8728 side zip
And the back:
pink dotted swiss Vogue 8728 back 2

I really do love dotted swiss, but I haven’t made up any other dresses in it since this one. (And I have at *least* three other pieces, and maybe five …) I’m thinking maybe that Simplicity pattern from the other day might be a good candidate …

And in The-Hundred-Dresses-the-book news, thanks very much to Jessica at Bed Knobs and Baubles for her very nice review!

The Hundred Dresses: Day 58

Don’t worry, there aren’t 8728 Vogue 8728s. This one dates from October 2011:

alphabet Vogue 8728 front


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):
alphabet Vogue 8728 bodice

Pretty decent zipper:
alphabet Vogue 8728 side zip

And the back:
alphabet Vogue 8728 back

Today’s Vogue 8728 comes with a bonus helping of Supreme Court Justice:

We meet again

(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!

The Hundred Dresses: Day 56

I hope you’re aren’t tired of Vogue 8728 just yet … this one is my absolute favorite one:

Liberty Mark Vogue 8728


I’ve posted about this one before … it’s Liberty Mark.

Liberty Mark Vogue 8728 bodice


I even have a pair of shoes in Liberty Mark that match this dress.

Liberty Mark Vogue 8728 side zip


Looking at this dress makes me so happy. I think I might wear it again this week.

Liberty Mark Vogue 8728 back

I have a skirt made from this fabric as well, if by “have” you mean “it’s waiting at the bottom of the fix-it pile and will probably turn into crude oil before I get to it.” I also have a tiny bit of this fabric left over (might have to hit up that Shaukat link up above) in this colorway, and some in a bright pink poplin (that was part of the Liberty/Target collaboration, and that I found completely by accident in a NYC fabric store).


The Hundred Dresses: Day 54

Well, well, well, what do we have here? Another Vogue 8728:
Liberty First Prize Vogue 8728

This is Liberty First Prize, which is one of my favorite prints.
Liberty First Prize Vogue 8728 bodice

I love the navy/khaki/camel colorway here, although I find it difficult to find things to match it in my black/gray/red-heavy wardrobe. (I’ve also made a dress in this same design, but in the maroon colorway.)
Liberty First Prize Vogue 8728 side zip

This back photo turned out a bit fuzzy, sorry about that. (There’s a better picture of it here.)
Liberty First Prize Vogue 8728 back

And in The Hundred Dresses (the book) news — I’ve just seen its first library recommendation! Thank you, Brittany Adams, of the Calloway County Public Library!

The Hundred Dresses: Day 53

Another Vogue 8728:

Liberty Vogue 8728

This isn’t my favorite of the 8728s, but it’s the one I wear the most. It’s really versatile.
Liberty Vogue 8728 bodice

I usually wear this (wait for it) with a cardigan, but it also looks nice over a thin long-sleeved scoopneck t-shirt and leggings (and ballet flats), or by itself with bare legs and black sandals. If I wear it with leggings it looks better with a longer, more vest-like sweater.
Liberty Vogue 8728 side zip

I end up wearing this with a black or a red cardigan although I’m always on the lookout for a cardigan in *exactly* this shade of grayish teal. If you know of one, shout out, okay?
Liberty Vogue 8728 back

This fabric is Liberty, but I can’t find/remember the style name …


The Hundred Dresses: Day 52

And now for a little flashback … remember the Vogue 8728?

Liberty Mike Vogue 8728

This is in a Liberty print called “Mike” (and I just bought some more in the gray colorway, because I really love this print). Don’t you? (It also comes in a bright green …)
Liberty Mike Vogue 8728 bodice

Here’s the side zip:
Liberty Mike Vogue 8728 side zip

And the back:
Liberty Mike Vogue 8728 back

I haven’t been wearing these 8728s that much lately — I’m not sure why. I might have OD’d a little on them last year, I made a LOT of them (<–foreshadowing) and wore them constantly. They are really easy to wear — throw on a cardigan and flats, or a cardigan and boots, or a cardigan and [insert footwear here] and you are good to go.

I’m always on the lookout for a good simple dress pattern that makes up well in lightweight cottons, is amenable to being worn with round-neck cardigans, and allows for capacious pockets. (Someday I will take a photo of everything I’ve carried in my pockets all day …) (Please feel free to send your candidates c/o this address.)