Vogue 2899 - Little Black {40th Birthday} Dress

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Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 2899 - Guy Laroche

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 20, I cut the 16.

Description: Close-fitting, tapered, self-lined dress, below mid-knee has front drape and concealed front neck band which extends into back shoulder straps (one gathered and one concealed), princess seams with ruched detail (no pocket), and back zipper.

Did it look like the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Exactly!

Fabric: Black Matte Jersey from my stash.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, they were pretty easy. But let's not confuse EASY with QUICK. There is a lot of hand stitching for a jersey dress. It took a little longer than I thought it would, but it wasn't difficult.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I was looking for something really unique, that would be a standout look. I didn't want anything too basic or something every other woman has in her closet. I had forgotten about this pattern and (re)discovered it a couple of months ago while I was sorting my pattern stash.

I love that this is a Guy Laroche runway look for the Spring/Summer 2005 collection.

I love the gathered neckline...

The drape...
The concealed shoulder straps...

The side ruching that looks like pockets, but they aren't...

And how the seams lined up perfectly!

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I only had to add 2" to the length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? If this is your style, I highly recommend it. I would love to sew this again. This is such a fabulous dress. I would love to make it in ivory, like the runway version.Conclusion: I made this for my 40th birthday dress and it didn't fail. My husband absolutely LOVES this dress on me! It was the perfect look for what I was going for!

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  1. I just made this dress... all but the hem. I'm having a terrible problem with all my seams puckering. Am I missing something about sewing with Matte Jersey? Your seams all look smooth.
    Here's a pic on Flickr: http://www.flickr.com/photos/50332627@N03/7281447416/in/photostream

  2. I would like to get this dress - but how do you wear a bra? Is there one built in?


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