October 18, 2011


Funny thing, my Fall Hit List has not been stressing me at all.  Normally I obsess over lists, or goals, or challenges - that's just how I am.  I guess I'm not stressing because:
  • there is no real deadline.  It's a Fall Hit List but I've given myself both the Fall and Winter Seasons to complete it.
  • my list is not at all stringent.  It's not written in stone, so  change is highly probable somewhere down the line.
  • I'm enjoying my sewing quite a bit lately

O.k., moving on I've completed #4 on my Fall Hit List.  It's my Little Black Dress that was going to be double knit, but plans changed.  Instead it's made of a poly rib knit that Ebony donated to the stash long ago.  I initially intended to use the rib knit as a proto-type, but turns out I love it as the real thing.  Black fabric equals not such a clear picture, but I'm-in-love!

Vogue 8764

Vogue 8764:  
  • is a great pattern.  It's super easy.  I think this was the first time I ever used a pattern that had a sleeve dart.
  • the pattern calls for a full lining, but I lined only the bodice.  I lined it to deal with the raw neckline because the pattern does not have facings.
  • I'm getting pretty comfortable with pattern grading although it works my brain sometimes.  Altering this pattern to fit me was easy - I'm strictly a size 16 in the upper chest area, but I graded out slightly in the side seams for comforts sake.
  • Decreasing sleeve cap ease has become part of my repertoire especially in knits.   I installed the sleeve in flat before side seams were sewn trying to always remember to place the sleeve next to the feed-dogs to work in any ease left over from my alteration.  Works great almost every time.
  • Used the invisible zipper tutorial from Coletterie.com.  It has really made the process a lot clearer to me.  I had to use a 14" zipper rather than a 22" one.  Why?  That's all I had, and I didn't want to wait until the next day. 
I'm pretty sure there's another one of these in my sewing future...


  1. Looks like a great new addition to your wardrobe.

  2. I love mine and I'm sure you will love wearing yours too especially since you made it in black. Great job on finishing something from your fall sewing list!

  3. You and Carolyn are really selling this pattern. I hadn't even noticed it before and now it is at the top of my want list! I am working on a black knit dress myself right now. It's taking longer than I bargained for, but I will be very happy if it is as nice as yours!

  4. Congratulations on getting on with your fall hit list! Love the new black dress - a lovely LBD is such a great wardrobe addition!

  5. Nice dress! Good for you! But, I gotta' tell you--and hate to put this distressing news on you-but fall is almost over! It's almost winter!

  6. I just bought that pattern based on Carolyn's post. I have two questions. Why did decrease the sleeve cap? Is there anyway you can take a close up picture of the fabric.


  7. Hooray for crossing something off the list - what a great/versatile dress. Out of curiosity, what do you line your knits with? I don't sew too many knits, but have a few coming up and don't know what is best for lining.

  8. Can a girl ever have too many of these? I hear you about not stressing...would you agree? - that's a sign of growth! Your dress looks nice too!

  9. oooh, I like! I need to start a list...good idea....but, will I stick to it? Thanks for your inspiring blog!!

  10. I'm so proud of you for finding a way to make a list you can work with! This is another great dress, Faye.

    And your zipper issue is why I only buy 22" zippers. It's a lot easier to shorten them than to lengthen them!

  11. I just gave my previous favourite black knit dress the heave ho this week (it was looking a little tired), so I'm in the market for a new one. This looks like it will fill the gap in my wardrobe. I'd love to see it on you.



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