This is the dress my evil twin in a parallel universe would wear.
This is my second version of Vogue 8319, yet another sleeveless sheath dress.
Version 1 has been one of my all time favourite dresses. I made it in a bright orange and blue doubleknit. Sorry about the murky photo. Hopefully you get the idea.
Version 2 is made out of two black fabrics. They have very different textures to provide a contrast. The sides are a very heavy wool jersey. It’s got a very matt surface and is so thick it all but stands up on its own. The front panel and shoulder yokes are in a very thin neoprene which is fairly smooth and so catches the light a bit more. At least it was sold to me as neoprene, but it seems to lack the central foam layer that provides the padding and insulation in what I think of as neoprene. You certainly wouldn’t want to make a wetsuit or a laptop bag out of it. The upside of this variety is that it’s very easy to sew as you can treat it like a thick doubleknit. I used a size 90 universal needle on this one and sewed regular seams using my machine’s stretch stitch. It doesn’t drape very well, but it also doesn’t crease.
I modified the original pattern slightly. You can see from the envelope picture that the princess seams don’t go all the way down to the hem.
I also took the zip out of the back as it’s not needed.
I made facings out of the doubleknit to finish the neck and arm edges, but left it unhemmed.
However as my evil twin has yet to put in an appearance, I just have to wear the dress myself. It’s a hard life.