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.

  • Sew, Jean Margaret

    Very impressed with your stripe matching. Lovely dress.

  • Sew, Jean Margaret

    Very impressed with your stripe matching. Lovely dress.

  • its absolutely gorgeous! very effective stripe matches

    • Thank so much. Lots of pins helped with the stripe matching and the rest was just sheer luck. 🙂

  • its absolutely gorgeous! very effective stripe matches

  • MaciNic

    Lovely! I adore your chevrons 😉

    • Thanks heaps. The chevrons worked out well, it helped to have a good fabric that didn’t slip around too much.

  • MaciNic

    Lovely! I adore your chevrons 😉

  • Kate

    I think this is my favourite so far. Love the pleated cross front neckline, the chevron stripe matching and how very comfortable this looks. Must go check out Vogue 1027 now, as if I don’t already have too many patterns 🙂

    • Thank you! Its a great pattern. The pattern has a full circle skirt which I haven’t used yet. I do recommend it. And you can never have too many patterns. 🙂

  • Kate

    I think this is my favourite so far. Love the pleated cross front neckline, the chevron stripe matching and how very comfortable this looks. Must go check out Vogue 1027 now, as if I don't already have too many patterns 🙂

  • Sølvi

    Oh my, this is gorgeous. You´ve really made the perfect dress, I think. 🙂

    • Thanks heaps. I wear it constantly so it’s definitely a winner.

  • Sølvi

    Oh my, this is gorgeous. You´ve really made the perfect dress, I think. 🙂

  • Sharon

    Amazing dress, your stripe matching is perfect and it looks fantastic on you.

  • Sharon

    Amazing dress, your stripe matching is perfect and it looks fantastic on you.

  • Thank you very much.

  • Thanks heaps. I wear it constantly so it's definitely a winner.

  • Thanks heaps. The chevrons worked out well, it helped to have a good fabric that didn't slip around too much.

  • Thank so much. Lots of pins helped with the stripe matching and the rest was just sheer luck. 🙂

  • That’s a really lovely dress Janelle – your stripe matching is perfection!

    • Thanks heaps Mel. Aided by 1000 pins!

  • That's a really lovely dress Janelle – your stripe matching is perfection!

  • Thanks heaps Mel. Aided by 1000 pins!

  • Velosewer

    Your dress is a winner.

  • Velosewer

    Your dress is a winner.

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