A Jaywalk Maxi Dress – Vogue 1027

Remember the Jaywalk sewing competition from Tessuti last year? I purchased some the fabric mainly because it was so well priced for a good quality jersey and then sat on it for the entire competition.  I am not very competitive by nature, so wasn’t really interested in entering, although seeing all the entries was very handy to help me decide what I wanted to make with my share of fabric.  The Pinterest board is great!

For casual daywear in summer, I live in maxi dresses.  So I made up the Vogue 1027 bodice with a self-drafted quarter circle maxi skirt.

Vogue 1027 with quarter circle skirt maxi skirt

Like alot of other people with this fabric, I had fun matching stripes for some cool chevron effects.

Vogue 1027 with quarter circle maxi skirt

I ended up with matched chevrons at both the side and front and back seams, which I was really happy about.

Vogue 1027 quarter circle maxi skirt back view showing chevrons
Bit of a sway back adjustment needed

For the next time I make this pattern I can see I need a swayback adjustment. This pattern does run large.  I sized down one size from my measurements when I made it.  It is looser now as I have lost a bit of weight but the one size down worked ok when I first made it.   I wear this with a belt to break up the stripes.

Vogue 1027 quarter circle skirt modification back view
Vogue 1027 close up from view

The front waistline is a bit uneven, but as I always wear a belt, I can live with it.  I finished the neckline and sleeves with a band rather than the suggested fold over and stitch method.  The bands help prevent gaping – I stretched them quite a bit as I was sewing them on.  I probably pulled the neckband a bit too tight as you can see it is pulling up at the waistline a bit, but it makes it feel nice and secure when I am wearing it.  I reinforced the shoulder seams of this dress with some rayon seam binding tape.

I’ve made this dress before in a solid black crepe jersey which is impossible to photograph, but like everyone who has made this pattern, I really love it and highly recommend it.

I also really love the drape of a 1/4 circle skirt.  It works so well for a maxi skirt and is not as much of a fabric hog as other styles.

I have the other colourway of Jaywalk and have made that up into a maxi dress too, but with the stripes doing something totally different.  It’s a great fabric and has held up really well to repeated machine washings.