It's the middle of February and I'm wearing a white dress. I've never been one to follow those stupid, outdated fashion rules. Plus, it's currently 80 degree. If you have to run your A/C, you can wear a white dress!
This dress is Vogue 8961. It's currently out-of-print, but they still all size ranges available on the website. And you can probably find it for a few bucks on Etsy or eBay.
I'd previously sewn this pattern before in December 2013. I've worn this dress A LOT in the last 4 years. There is a common misconception that bloggers such as myself, spend a ridiculous amount of time making "over-the-top" garments just to play dress up and take photo shoots for the blog. I can't speak on behalf of anyone else, but if I sew it, I wear it!
Here are two past times I took a picture wearing the first version of this dress. Once last year and once in 2015. You can always date me by my hair!
So, I made this version using White Jersey Knit with All-Over Circle Sequins from Mood Fabrics.com.
Just like the first time, this pattern is a breeze to sew. It's a sew it that day, and wear it that night kinda dress. I'd previously altered the pattern by adding an inch to the waist and 3 inches to the hem. I shortened by an inch and a half. The length I needed before was to be able to cut around the fabric design. I went with a straight hem this time.
Like last time, I didn't use the facings. I just folded the edge over and stitched a 5/8" hem.
Sewing Tip: When adding elastic to a casing at the waist, always try the garment on before closing it up. I used less elastic than required. I needed mine tighter because of the weight of the fabric.
I sewed this using a ballpoint needle and I didn't need to remove any sequins from the seam allowance. And I used my serger to finish.
Unlike a lot of sequin fabrics, this one is not scratchy on the inside, so this dress didn't need a lining. However, I still wore slip, because I'm always "Team Slip"! I just can't shake how I was raised!