New School Clothes–Vogue 9047
School starts on August 16!!! In 3 short weeks, summer will officially end!! I realize that August is technically a summer month, and that many of you will be vacationing and spending days at the pool well into September, but for teachers, summer ends when school begins. It is a VERY difficult transition.
This year, in an attempt to ease my transition and increase my late-summer wardrobe, I have decided to make myself some new school clothes. First up is Vogue 9047. I learned of this pattern when Goodbye Valentino made a neoprene version out of ONE one yard of fabric. Amazing. It was so lovely!! After I saw Valentino’s blog post, I went out and bought myself a copy of this pattern. It’s been on my “make-this list” for more than a few months.
I used this fabric. I’m really not sure what it’s called–it has four way stretch and the weight of a neoprene, but it is not slippery. It also doesn’t wrinkle, but it kinda feels like a natural fiber, which I know it’s not. Heck, maybe it’s a ponte knit? Could that be it? I bought it at The Fabric Store in Los Angeles last year. I found this store by accident when I was visiting Mood, but if I ever go back to LA, I will definitely be returning to the The Fabric Store. It’s a wonderful store with beautiful merino wool!!
On Vogue 9047, I cut a 12 in the bust and waist and a 14 in the hips. When I make this pattern again, I will cut a 10 in the bust. I ended up taking the bust in about 1 inch on each side. I also shortened both the hem and the sleeves 4 inches each. For reference, I am 5’4″ tall.
This pattern is super easy to make and the directions are super easy to follow. I did deviate from the instructions when attaching the sleeves. I actually attached them flat and then sewed the side seams from the bottom of the dress to the end of the sleeve. This worked well for me.
I will be making this pattern again. It’s such an easy pattern and the fit is good. This is a fun and satisfying dress to sew. I think you could complete the whole thing–from cutting to hemming–in less than 3 hours.