|Vogue Patterns: 8916 (Misses' Jacket, Top, Dress and Skirt) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Pattern OK, but did NOT work for Me |
|See other patterns in this category: Coordinates Dresses Tops Coat/Jacket Skirts |
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|Fabric:||Linen [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Misses' dress, jacket, top and skirt|
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Not really, no
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
The bodice was incredibly hard to fit onto my - what I consider to be a fairly normal - body
Brown linen. Feels so lovely. Bought it for next to nothing from an incredibly encouraging woman in Chelmsford Market
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I thought I was being incredibly adventurous and clever when I made a muslin and decided, as a result, I should add an extra dart at the top of the bodice. I have put pictures of this brave and heroic activity on flickr. Having done that, I not only expected to win the Nobel Prize for sewing but I also assumed it would fit perfectly.
When I made the muslin, I must admit that I didn't finish it off all the way to the shoulder strap phase and I realise now that this made an enormous difference. Far from the upper bodice gaping which I was trying to avoid with the Nobel Prize winning adjustment, I came out at the end as flat as a pancake. My chest isn't huge but it isn't flat either. I'd have thought I'd be an A or a B cup.
Another massive error I made was not to concentrate while cutting out. (Brenda has resigned from Amside - listeners to The Archers will understand my distraction). This led to a gigantic hole in one bit of skirt and I had to cut another piece with only a minute scrap of fabric. There is far more thigh exposed than I would get away with at my age. Couple this with the idiotic looking lumpy bodice and you can see that this dress is unfortunately going straight for the bin - once I have rescued the zip.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't think so. It seems to me that the upper bodice is too short vertically and the shape is very poor and unflattering.
One other comment: The fabric recommendations are linen and tweeds. Tweeds? Really? Can you imagine a strappy dress in tweed? Okay, Linton have run up a fabulous one with bits of pink plastic for Jigsaw this season but can you imagine a strappy dress in it? That means warm enough for virtually half your body being exposed to passers by yet chilly enough for tweed.
I won't be making this particular dress again but the pattern is still worth having for the skirt which I could easily imagine making 50 times. Fits perfectly straight out of the packet. I will try the jacket next. There is also a short sleeved top which is utterly shapeless - no darts, no princess seams - which is useful if you're fat or you're feeling fat or the weather is unbearably hot and you have run out of sacks into which you could have cut a neck and two armholes.
Sorry this has gone on and on but you're the only ones who really understand all this stuff and I don't have a blog.
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