Classically Yours – Vogue 9017

Greetings from Talbots ūüėČ


Contrary to most of the clothes I’ve sewn during the last year, my life is not an endless parade of beach vacations and parties. Such a pity!

I am now trying to remedy my lack of everyday clothes with a few practical choices, and is there anything more useful and practical than gray ponte knit?

Mood Fabrics compares this particular ponte to gray wool suiting, and the weave of varying shades of gray give the fabric an appealing depth of color.


I could not pass up the interesting lines found in the sketch of Vogue 9017. The pattern is designed for wovens and stable knits.

                   V9017 sketch

  I particularly like the raised and curved waistline,


and slim silhouette!

Mood Fabrics ponte knit

 Since all knits behave differently, I rarely make a muslin for knit clothing and did not make one for this dress. I adjusted the bodice length on all of the pattern pieces and fit myself as I went along. Rarely do I experience an issue free sewing project, but the pattern is well-drafted, and the ponte sewed like a dream.

To give the dress a sportier appearance I shortened the sleeves and used a contemporary zipper.

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 Once again I turned to the free Craftsy Mastering Zipper Techniques Class for zipper guidance, and am thrilled with the fantastic result!


So here’s to wardrobe staples РMay they always be there for us when we need them !




  • Mary Beth
    October 8, 2014

    Love how the scarf looks with the dress. Such a great contrast.

  • Mary Beth
    October 8, 2014

    FWIW, could the dress be sewn without a zipper since it’s made in a stretchy fabric?

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 8, 2014

      Hi Mary Beth,
      The dress is close fitting and needs a zipper IMHO

  • Lovely shape and versatile color. I’m sure you’ll get lots of wear out of it this fall/winter. It also looks like an easy piece to switch up the look of depending on the accessories you pair with it.

  • Peter
    October 8, 2014

    Lovely. I love that gray on you — so flattering.

  • Mary
    October 8, 2014

    Kinda frumpy looking.

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 8, 2014

      LOL!! Just a little but I’ll make it work

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    October 9, 2014

    This is stunning on you – beautifully finished!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 10, 2014

      Thanks so much, Lizzy!

  • Nora
    October 9, 2014

    Love your dress. Do you think this fabric is suitable for slim leg pants. Does it have enough weight?

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 10, 2014

      Thank you, Nora. I don’t make a lot of pants and would order a sample first. Something tells me its not heavy enough.

  • Sallie
    October 9, 2014

    You always are the picture of elegance! Great everyday dress – those style lines are superb, and the slim fit is very flattering! Love it paired with your boots and scarve!

    • Sarah Gunn
      October 10, 2014

      Thanks so much, Sallie!

  • Lori
    October 9, 2014

    Very pretty dress. I agree with Sallie you always are dressed so beautifully and elegantly. Wonderful fitted dress and so flattering.

  • Sarah Gunn
    October 10, 2014

    Thank you, Lori!

  • Fiona
    October 12, 2014

    I love the style lines of this, it’s a fantastic shape on you! What a great classic piece that I’m sure you’ll get plenty of wear out of

  • Cennetta
    October 14, 2014

    Oh Sarah, this is a lovely dress. It’s very flattering and definitely high end quality.

  • toocutedobs
    October 16, 2014

    In my best Billy crystal voice I say “you look fabulous darling”.