|Vogue Patterns: 8943 (Misses' Dress and Slip) - Type:Dresses|
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|Posted on:||12/21/13 6:16 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers |
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|Fabric:||Lace [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Dress and slip: Dress has bias shoulder and armhole binding, fitted bodice, yokes, and purchased ribbon belt. Fitted slip has shoulder straps and side slits. |
Pattern Sizing:Misses 8-16
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Exactly. I loved the look on the envelope and kept everything the same.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were good instructions for the most part. I haven't done any couture sewing in a long time so some concepts were new to me such as encasing the seams in bias tape.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I found evening out the hem challenging. I didn't sew the lace and the organza skirt together. This was an option on the pattern. I think if I made the dress again, I would sew them together. Evening out the lace and the organza was difficult. I guess I'm not used to doing big full skirts. I finally put a hand on the inside and outside of the skirt and smoothed down and pinned the both layers together at the bottom all around and then flipped the scallop up and cut the organza. I'm sure there are easier ways, but I couldn't think of any at the time. I haven't hemmed the organza yet. I am getting a serger for Christmas and will use it to do a rolled hem.
Oh, I also pulled a real lulu. I was working late one night and put a hot iron on the back of the lace skirt. A big hole melted. I called myself stupid about 10 times, but after I calmed down, I was able to sew a lace patch over the hole by hand and it was invisible for the most part.
I love the finished product. It is everything I imagined. I probably didn't realize how much work I was in for at the outset but I don't regret it at all.
Fabric Used: A black lace from Hancock fabric's underlined with organza. I used a poly silk for the underslip which I lined with itself.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a muslin to fit my daughter. I haven't sewn for anyone else in a long time and am determined to master fitting my daughter, daughter in law and granddaughter. The muslin helped tremendously. I now have a pretty good idea how to fit my daughter in the future. I had to tweak the pattern for my daughter but it wasn't anything too difficult.
I modified the suggested way to finish the lace skirt hem and the neckline and sleeves. The scallop on my lace fabric was very wide so I purchased a narrow black lace trim. The lace was gathered onto a narrow band. I carefully cut the band off and cut close to the scallops on the lace. Then I sewed the lace scallops onto the edges of the lace skirt, neck and sleeves as suggested in the instructions, trimming off the dress lace that protruded past the lace scallop. This made a pretty finish and it was actually very easy to do.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind spending a good bit of time making something you really love. This is definitely not for beginners, although I don't think it is as hard as tailoring a suit. The construction was pretty straightforward. There was just a lot of fabric to work with and fine finishing such as hand sewing the zipper in. Putting the scallop on the hem and neck and sleeve edges turned out to be a really easy way to finish those edges.
Conclusion: My daughter and I don't always have the same taste but we both fell in love at first sight with this pattern. I call it the Audrey Hepburn dress. I wanted to make a dress that made my daughter who is a hardworking mother of two boys feel like a princess when she put it on. I think I succeeded. I'm more in love with sewing than ever and can't wait to learn the next thing. Love the inspiration I get from all you pattern reviewers out there.
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