here’s something a little unusual for me. This is my first Marcy Tilton pattern, Vogue 8904.
I’m not sure if it’s me, maybe, maybe not. At the very least, it sure is comfy (and warm).
The pattern describes the dress as a ‘close-fitting, pullover dress has self neck binding, tiers, and raw edge finish.’ Marcy’s designs for Vogue often have interesting lines, asymmetry and unusual use of fabrics. She describes her designs as pieces that work well together for everyday wear. The Mcalls blog lists Marcy as one of their ‘art-teacher chic’ designers.
It is a fabric hungry dress, because it’s basically 2 layers. That makes it warm.
You tile the top layers on to the base, starting at the bottom. When they are all attached, treat both layers as one, to make up the dress. No darts, no fastenings.
The pieces are cut as single layer and I didn’t follow what I guess is the convention, have the wrong side facing down. As a result my side seams don’t match nicely. It would be a problem in many fabrics but luckily with this one, it’s not a huge issue.
Both fabrics are from the stash, a blue tencel*for the base and sleeves and ponti for the tiers. These need no finishing, so easy and interesting. Here’s a close-up of the inside of the dress and the top of one tier, that is then covered by the bottom of the tier above it.
Does it make it as ‘art-teacher chic’ as described by style.com, ‘fashion-y but not overdone, with modest shoes’? Definitely wearing those in these photos, though I think of them as my ‘walk to work through the grasslands say hello to the kangaroos shoes’.
The neck is finished with a self-binding. Sewn by hand to the inner layer .
Have you tried the art teacher chic look?
* Tencel has a lovely soft feel to it and is made of bleached wood pulp.