Scott and I decided to be Doctor Who characters for Halloween. He chose to be the Eleventh Doctor, and I chose to be one of his companions, Clara Oswald. Soufle girl (Clara) wears a red dress in her debut on the show, so I whipped up Vogue 8902 in a lovely red double knit.
I’ve been saving this red double knit for a fall/winter dress and when I saw Vogue 8902 I had to buy it:
It is so comfortable looking! It also looked like it would be easy to construct, and I was right on both accounts. I mean, really, when I put this on I feel almost as comfy as I do in a nighty.
I only had the weekend to make this dress so there wasn’t time to obsess and over-think the pattern alterations. I cut out my size – 8 shoulders to 10 rib area to 14 waist and 12 hips – and made the dress 2″ shorter in the skirt. Well, I have news for you…although a double knit is one of the recommended fabrics for this pattern, it is NOT a knit pattern. I had to take in gobs of fabric on the sides and would have been much better cutting an 8 or 10 out throughout the whole pattern.
The fitting isn’t perfect, but I think it looks great for a quickie dress. I chose not to line it. I used some jersey to finish off the neck edge. Yep, a quick fix, but it looks just fine. I finished the sleeve and skirt edges with a blind hem on the machine. The neckline is a bit higher than I would like, but it is good for fall.
P.S. – I love red lipstick. This is Stila lip tint in ‘Fiery’.