Fitted, sleeveless dress with lined bodice, v-neckline front and back, lots of darts - bodice and skirt and front and back, side zip and side splits left and right. Pattern Sizing:
8-14. I cut the 14. Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, fairly close but the pattern envelope has a drawing and they never look like the real thing with those 1950 16" waists. Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, as usual. I really can't fault Vogue for their instructions. What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Like the style and fit. I also like that with this dress I can wear it as a skirt (blouse on top), pinafore (blouse underneath). It's actually quite versatile for a dress. Fabric Used:
Navy boulce / tweed to match a Chanel jacket I recently made.Click Here Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No fitting alterations. I inserted the zip by hand because the fabric was just getting too bulky at the waistline and I was worried I'd lose control with the machine. It doesn't have to be invisible because this is a vintage design and invisible zips weren't invented. I also lined the full dress whereas the pattern only gives instructions for the bodice lining. The 3" hem allowance was reduced to 1.5" to give me a bit more length. Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes I will sew this dress again. Conclusion:
For a fitted dressy-dress I'm surprised at how versatile a garment it actually is. This one is part of SWAP 2013 but I'm already thinking what other fabrics I could use for a more everyday wear. It's comfortable and secure, even the wide shoulder straps.
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