Vogue 1224 – Tracy Reese Dress

Vogue 1224 Tracy Reese Dress

Had to take these pics before a potential rainstorm!

Pattern: Vogue 1224

Fabric: Rayon Jersey from Metro Textile in NYC
Size: 10 graded out to a 12 at the waistline
Shoes: Target (Merona brand)
Bangle: H&M
I knew as soon as I saw Erika B’s Tracy Reese dress posted on her blog, that pattern would be at the top of my sewing queue. So cute, flattering, and simple to sew: three elements that equal “yes” in my book!
I was lucky enough to be sent to NYC last month for a business trip and squeaked in some quick shopping in the garment district. Usually when I go to New York it’s on the weekends, so I don’t get to frequent a whole lot of places since they’re closed; usually I hit up Mood and Paron’s. I did do some damage at Mood this trip (found some turquoise eylet for a knock-off CK top and a pretty orange gauze), but I also had the opportunity to visit Metro Textile. It’s my favorite place to buy jersey – the selection is amazing, the quality is great, and it’s a source that Ann at Gorgeous Fabrics uses for her business (I can always spot fabrics on her site there). Plus, the service is great and prices can’t be beat. I could go on and on about how great Metro Textile is, but let’s get to the review of the dress!
Vogue 1224 Tracy Reese Dress

One of the quickest sewing projects I made…I literally cut this dress out one night after work and stitched it up the next night to wear to a party the following day. I’m glad that I read some reviews on this dress before I made it – seriously, what did we do before the internet? Trial and error I guess!

1) The Length
Boy is this dress short! I’m pretty leggy so dresses and skirts seem shorter on me, so I lengthened the dress two inches and put in a very narrow 5/8″ hem. I think the original length would have hit on me at mid-thigh, totally not my style.
2) The Skirt

The pattern envelope shows the skirt being pretty tight on the model. That’s fine for her, not for me. I probably could have gotten away with the whole dress being a 10 taking into account the stretch properties of the fabric I was working with, but I knew I wouldn’t be comfortable in a tight skirt. I graded it out from the waist to a 12, as I usually do with dresses, and it worked well.
3) The Neckline
The neckline is pretty cool: it’s elasticized, and the elastic is joined to decorative drawstring ties. Me, being always impatient and not wanting to deal with the tediousness of turning the ties inside out (really need a tube-turner), opted to not use the ties. Plus, I didn’t want to make a buttonhole on a knit – I didn’t have any Sulky tear-away stabilizer to reinforce the buttonhole. I think my neckline resulted in being more gathered since I used a shorter piece of elastic, but I like it that way.
4) The Lining and Waistline
I really didn’t think it was necessary to line my skirt, like the pattern suggests, since my fabric had enough body to it. I used the technique I used with my jumpsuit to join the bodice and skirt together: the seam allowances created a casing for the elastic to go through. This created less bulk at the waistline and was a time saver.
Vogue 1224 Tracy Reese Dress - Closeup
Blurry photo, whoops…trying to show the print detail
I’m absolutely planning on making this dress again…I bought another knit at Metro Textile that’s really funky and has a lot of pattern and colors going on in the print. The design of this dress is simple enough that it’s a great pattern to showcase large or busy prints.


  1. July 9, 2011 / 2:00 am

    This settles it. I'm making this dress. I positively love your version. Thanks for your helpful review.

    Doesn't Metro rock? I just posted today about a Milly sailboat print fabric that I got there last month. Milly's offices are on the same floor as Metro, so I think he gets her remnants.

  2. July 14, 2011 / 12:38 am

    Metro is awesome! I wish I lived closer, I would buy my fabric there all the time. I'm going back to NYC in September, going to try to hit him up again…

  3. July 21, 2011 / 9:02 pm

    Cute dress!

  4. July 21, 2011 / 9:03 pm

    Cute dress!

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