This incredibly beautiful fabric has an amazing print don't you agree? The fabric is an abstract print Ponte Roma. It is beautifully soft and cuddly but at the same time it holds its shape well.

The pattern is Vogue V9329 Designer pattern by Marcy Tilton.  It is marked as being Easy to sew, but usually with vogue patterns this just means that there are fewer pattern pieces to work with not necessarily the difficulty in sewing it. I found that this pattern has a lot of design features which are at first not noticeable, and that it took me longer than expected to make it.

There are design options for the sleeves and a contrast panel can be added at the back as shown.

Use the measurements printed on the pattern instructions compared to your own actual measurements to determine your size. Please do not automatically choose your commercial dress size as the two are likely to differ.

To start making the dress, stitch the back panels together and press the seam. Then stitch the shoulder seams.

The dress has pockets which are formed by attaching a pocket bag to the front of the dress.

First though press some iron on seam tape between the two circles on the front dress. This will support the pocket and prevent the fabric from stretching out of shape.

Then make a double hem and topstitch, clipping to the dots as shown.

Pin the pocket bag to the front right sides up. Tack all the way around the pocket and top stitch on the right side.

The neckline facing requires interfacing. I used a light to medium weight stretch interfacing . When pressing interfacing onto fabric I find that if I use a piece of oven liner on top of my ironing board the cover lasts much longer and does not get covered with sticky interfacing.

To make the neckband first stay-stitch the neckline to stop it from stretching. 

Stitch the interfaced facings together and stitch them to the neck line right sides together press and understitch the facing to the seam. Press again and top stitch 1" from the edge of the facing.

Then using duck-billed scissors to avoid accidentally cutting the dress fabric trim the interfacing to the stitch line. Press again.

The hem line is very interesting and it has four mitred corners for which you need to mark the fold line as shown on the photograph. I used a chalk pen and a ruler to mark the fold line.

To make the mitre fold along this line right sides together and stitch across the bottom corner. Trim and turn right sides out. This will create the mitred corner.  Press  up the entire hem by 1", Tack and then top stitch pivoting at the corners.

The corners will be seen as you move so try to make them as neat as possible. When stitching the side seams and sleeves do ensure that you do not catch the pocket opening.

The unusual dress hem, the top stitched pockets and neckband all make for a very wearable designer dress which is suitable for every occasion.

This is not my normal style I admit but I do like it very much indeed, it's one of those dresses you will want to wear to a long lingering lunch or a theatre visit and is a valuable addition to any wardrobe.

I decided to take it in quite a lot, still same shape, but it looks better now for me.