Vogue 8571 – the Navy Floral Dress

Hello, hello, everyone!

Today, here is Vogue 8571, a cute and casual little knit dress.

I was into making an easy, lightweight dress to wear during the dog days of summer (temperatures here in Montpellier reach easily 35°C (95°F) and above during the July and August).
The pattern was quite new, but the fabric had been sleeping in my stash for a few years.
As expected from the pattern lines, the dress came together easily and quickly. The only trouble that needed fixing was that the dress wasn’t fitted enough for my taste, so I took in 1.5 cm (5/8″) at each side seams.

I purchased this pattern for its shirred bodice – and I found it interesting that the shirring was both at the front and at the back. I like the look of the slightly pouffy back contrasted with a close-fitting waist.

I don’t think the dress was intended to be this close-fitting at the waist, but at 5′ (154 cm) I’m too small to pull anything threatening to look even remotely tent-like.

As you can see, I used a contrasting fabric for the neck band, and I don’t regret this choice. It gives the dress a crisper look in my opinion – a bit of an edge.

The only other change was the hem – I did a rolled hem on my serger.

Let me tell you, this has been worn and washed a whole lot over the past two months.

Have a good week, everyone!

26 thoughts on “Vogue 8571 – the Navy Floral Dress

  1. karenv says:

    What a pretty, crisp little dress Isabelle 🙂 I'm not surprised you're wearing it so much, it's lovely.

    Glad that you're settling in to your new job OK and that you now have Internet access. I'd love it if you could drop me an email with your new address when you get a minute 🙂


  2. Yulwen says:

    Désolée je suis trop fatiguée pour écrire en anglais 😉
    Cette robe est très jolie et je pense que tu as eu raison de faire l'encolure contrastante 🙂
    J'ai hâte de la voir “en vrai”.
    Gros bisous.
    A tout bientôt.


  3. Kathryn says:

    The most important thing about hot weather clothing is that is needs to be comfortable. But of course, if you are making it, it will also be stylish. The tapered waist and the crisp white band make this a super summer dress. I'm glad you are enjoying your new abode.


  4. equatorcollection says:

    Chic summer dress! Like your trim version. The contrast band is an inspired choice. I seem to be liking the pouffy top plus cinched waist look myself these days. But my pouffy tops are a result of untidily wearing my blouses tucked in, lol! – Jali


  5. Ingrid says:

    Hi Isabelle,
    Hi, I've been lurking for a while. Just thought I'd let you know how much I love your blog and your lovely creations, reading about other people's sewing is really inspiring for me. I also love your cat, I have two at home, one of whom loves to “help” me with my sewing by lying on all my stuff.
    Ciao, Ingrid from Australia


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