A Final Dress for Summer in Striped Embroidered Cotton

When it comes to picking new projects, I am inspired by both fabric choice and pattern choice pretty equally. This time it was the pattern that drove my decisions. I just adored Vogue 1499 when it was released this past spring. What really makes this design special is the way the stripes are laid out – front and back bodice on the cross grain, sides on and angle, pleated skirt a continuation of the cross grain. Shortly after I bought the pattern Mood posted a black & white striped floral embroidered cotton woven to their website. Perfect! I’ll take 2 yards please!

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I washed and dried my fabric prior to cutting it out and the embroidery crinkled up a bit. It’s kind of like a seersucker fabric now, which I quite like for a casual summer dress. Wrinkles to NOT show, and this white is totally opaque. Consequently I decided to forgo the lining.

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I cut a straight size 12 – my typical size – and ended up taking the side seams in a little over an inch from the armpits tapering to nothing at the waist. Early on I knew I wanted to leave off the little cap sleeves. Something about the angle of how they connect to the bodice just bugged my eye. Instead I wanted to add a sporty cut-in sleeve element, so I raised the front and back neckline and used a RTW shirt to guide my scissors as I trimmed out new armholes.

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I matched the embroidery pattern across the center back and took my time on the zipper to ensure the stripes lined up.

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The neckline and armholes were finished with bias tape. All the inside raw edges were finished with my machine’s overlocking foot. It’s a nice weight of a dress – not too light to wrinkle or see through but not too heavy to be hot during the summer.

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Comments


  • Karen
    August 24, 2016

    Cute dress and well made as usual for you.

  • Peter
    August 24, 2016

    Lovely dress and a great choice of fabric. Cool and summery looking!

  • Sarah Gunn
    August 26, 2016

    Great rendition of this pattern, Amanda! The fabric is adorable and your sewing is impeccable as always 😉

  • Idle Fancy
    August 26, 2016

    Absolutely lovely, Amanda! You always pick the best patterns–the seaming on this one is such a compelling detail. Well done!

  • Debra Hewitt
    August 28, 2016

    Love your dress!

  • Susan
    August 29, 2016

    This is so cute! That matching across the back zipper…

  • Fiona
    September 1, 2016

    What a great choice of fabric for this pattern! I hadn’t spotted this pattern when it was released but it’s a cracker with all those interesting style lines. I like your sporty armholes more than the original pattern, it really suits the design!

    • Amanda S.
      September 3, 2016

      Thanks so much Fiona!