Another repeat pattern! November is 'Nother month I guess ;) I first made this Very Easy Vogue 9022 in 2014, and really loved it. But my mom came to visit and tried it on, and looked so great in it that I gave it to her. But I started to miss the dress so have remade it -- exactly the same dress, in the same colour & material -- a red ponte that is similar to the original, but a little heavier weight.
And the biggest change was that I had to adjust the sizing just a little more to fit right! My pattern only goes up to Medium, so I had to grade out to about a large in the hips; I added just a smidge more this time around. I also added a touch of shaping to the back seam to add a 1/4" more width across the posterior. I think it worked out. I also shortened the sleeve as usual, since I prefer a 3/4 length -- that also helps to fit it on to your fabric since a long cut on sleeve like this can eat up the width of a fabric.
I liked it so much the first time that I've also repeated the styling this time around: I am wearing the same necklace (bought when I was in Kyiv in 2008) and the same pair of shoes.
One of the best features of this dress are the pockets. They're made by folding over the lower part of the side panel (cut in two pieces) and attaching it to the upper half to form a pocket with only a fold at the top. It gives a nice soft rounded edge to the pocket which I think works especially well in a ponte.
This pattern really is as easy as advertised, at least in a knit. Because it's a stretchy fabric, I left out the neckline back opening that is part of the pattern when using a woven (yes, it's one of those patterns that tells you that you can use a woven or a stable knit). I also removed the walking slit since the fabric is stretchy and ends just above the knee.
When you do it this way it is pretty quick! Just make sure your pockets are basted down perfectly even before sewing in the centre panel. This dress is honestly like wearing secret pyjamas. It's like a work appropriate Slanket. I really love it, and can't wait another 5 years to make another version. I think a different colour and maybe even fabric would be great ;)