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|Reviewed by:||CissieW|| |
|Posted on:||8/14/14 9:47 AM |
|Last Updated:||8/14/14 3:07 PM|
Vogue Patterns Pattern Info
|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Review Rating:|| Very Helpful by 3 people |
|See other patterns in this category: Dresses |
|Available for sale on PR: $27.50 (See envelope) Click to Buy |
|Fabric:||Silk [See other projects in this fabric]|
|Updated to include picture of skirt!|
Pattern Description: Lined dress has close-fitting, interfaced bodice with princess seams, inset band, skirt variations (horse hair finish on hemline) and back zipper. A: cap sleeves. A, B and C: skirt seam detail. D: collar. D, E and F: gathered skirt with princess seams, and side pockets. F: band and skirt overlays. Separate pattern pieces are included for cup sizes A, B, C, D.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?I made view D, which you hardly notice in the envelope picture.
Were the instructions easy to follow?Very good. Pattern is well-marked and goes together easily.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?I like the custom fit sizing with ABCD cup sizes. I like the princess seams and the collar. I also love the V in the back.
Fabric Used:A beautiful silk from Mendel-Goldberg which was an absolute dream to work with. From the start, this fabric kept saying "Keep it simple, stupid!" But I had something other than a simple sheath dress in mind so I didn't listen to the fabric talking, despite having only a scant 2 yards to work with. I knew there would be no chance of matching anything (especially since the repeat is huge) so I just held my breath and hoped that it wouldn't look like some sort of crazy quilt! The first thing I had to do was place the large collar piece on the bias and everything else would just have to fall where it fit, making sure I left enough fabric for some sort of skirt. There seems to be a phenomenon with beautifully milled and designed fabric -- it always looks good and the design elements flow nicely.
I underlined the dress with silk organza and lined it with silk charmeuse. click here
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:I had to add 1/4" to the side seams of the waistband. Other than that, the fit was great. Initially, I thought I'd just take my remaining piece of fabric. a rectangle, and gather it to the bands. Wouldn't that have been easy?? But I was wrong. The result was so dumpy and dowdy looking. So I tried pleating it. Wrong again. Apparently you cannot just gather up a rectangle and end up with a decent skirt! So I found a pattern with a full skirt and eked that out of my fabric. Much better.
I used the requisite couture techniques throughout -- catch stitching all the seam allowances, hand picked zipper, fell stitching and pin stitching the understitches. I also added a 3 " strip of flannel cut on the bias to the hem so that it would have a nice soft edge.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?I love this basic style so might make it again in a lesser fabric. I do recommend it.
Conclusion: I can't wait to wear this to a garden wedding on Saturday. Despite my misgivings at the start, I'm so happy with this dress!
| Available for sale on PR: $27.50 (See envelope)Click to Buy|
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