Thursday, August 7, 2014

Anytime Dress

Here's another version of Marcy Tilton's latest dress pattern V8975.  This is the second time I've made it.

Boy, do I love making this dress.  It's just so fun to put together.  The pattern works well and the sizing is perfect for me.

Here it is in a two way stretch woven I got from my friend Sharon.  I love those DOL giveaways.  One person is over it and another person is all over it...if you know what I mean.

This is a grey, slightly nubby stretch woven with shots of black and white.  Very versatile, and by that I mean when I spill something on it, which I will do, it won't show.

In my climate I can wear this garment all year.  I will always wear it with a pair of leggings.  Shorter ones in the summer, longer in the fall.

For the winter I'll pull another layer over it, maybe a short fleece vest.  I could also wear it with thicker tights in the winter.

Whatever I do, I'll use this as a canvas to highlight colorful jewelry, scarves, leggings and shoes.  Plus, it doesn't wrinkle...Sharon, what were you thinking?

This dress can look deceptively simple in one color that is dark.  But when you put it on the shape comes to life and really looks good.

Try it!

Oh, one detail.  There are two places, one in front and one in back, that require you to join the pieces in a "v" or angle.  I adhered a bit of tricot fusible interfacing to stabilize the join.  Especially in the front there seems to be so much weight on that join it may pull out in the future.  We'll see how this works.

In the meantime, I think I'll wear it to a meeting tonight!


  1. Thank you for this. I have this pattern in my stash. I like the styling tips too.

  2. I love how the fabric in this version tones down the funky just a little. Thanks for the tip on the V-joint. I have got to pull this pattern out. What are some of your favorite leggings?

  3. I haven't worn a dress in almost 20 years, but this one has me thinking about it. I also haven't jumped on the leggings bandwagon, but I can see how wearing them would make the dress more wearable for me. I'll be putting this on the back burner in my mind.
    I love this version, as you stated, it can be accessorized in so many different ways. Good to know the pattern works in a woven, too. Nice make!

  4. This dress is simply appallingly perfect for northern california coastal wear!! Layerable, no fuss, elegant with a touch of funk....i need to copy this idea for around here and also for travel. !!! (shakes finger at self)

    You know, your description of the fabric reminds me of the dress i admired on the buyer working at BiBa boutique in Pacific Grove a few years ago. You can see it here:

    I noted the fabric at the time, so versatile and chic. And how fun to see great minds working along similar lines in the same eco-geographical area!

    Thank you for sharing Gayle, it's always so fun when you post though as i seem to fall off the posting wagon with shocking regularity i can't scold anyone about it ;) Enjoy the weekend! steph

  5. Great dress!
    Love how you think of it as a canvas...

  6. Love this. I am so inspired by your dress that I bought my pattern and will be making at least one fot this winter.

  7. A great version, Gayle!


  8. Did you find it true to size? i.e., could you go by your measurements and use those on the pattern back to get a good fit?

  9. I came home with a "denim" ponte for leggings the other day... and I remembered reading this post. I went back for me to make a dress like this! It will be my "denim" dress for winter!

    In the highest form of flattery (copying),

  10. I might have to look at this pattern again. Love yours!

  11. Really cute, Gayle. And it looks snuggly!

  12. I love an Anytime dress! Is yours knee-length? It looks great, and very wearable.

  13. just found this lovely place!! where can I get this pattern please? I love it!!


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