I was going to wear my latest Vogue 1179 with a pair of leggings. Then my glance fell on the red tights drying on the radiator and I changed my mind. I love colourful tights and this dress is the perfect blank canvas to platform them.
I bought the black jersey for £6 from Saeed Fabrics in Walthamstow. I can’t believe £6 has given me such a comfortable but sophisticated make. As if that wasn’t enough, this dress can be run up in an evening. It only uses three pattern pieces. I’ve realised that the number three is the holy grail of patterns. If a designer can make something fabulous out of only three pieces, you know the drafting must be superb AND that you’re going to have a hassle-free evening of sewing. Perfect!
I’ve worn my turquoise version to death. Seriously, every weekend or day I work from home I’m in the V1179 and a pair of leggings. This black jersey is slightly heavier and more structural and so does work as a dress, whereas the turquoise version has the drape that makes a better tunic top. It needs something beneath it.
I’m now very excited by how many different versions of this I can make! (Uh-oh, watch out.) Have you seen Leopard Anchor’s version? And let’s not forget the woman who started it all, Eugenia, who has made several versions. (Check out Eugenia’s latest gorgeous Chanel dress. You can’t buy class like that, but you can sew it.)
I think I’ve eulogised enough. Go buy this pattern and see just how effortless looking good can be.