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|Vogue Patterns: 8379 (MISSES' DRESS) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||2/18/13 11:05 AM |
|Last Updated:||2/18/13 11:18 AM|
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
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|Available for sale on PR: $15.00 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Rayon Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Love it! Very easy to follow. Love that it looks as close to the classic DVF wrap as I can find, without spending an exorbitant amount on ebay!
Gorgeous rayon jersey from Emma One Sock.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The biggest deviation from the pattern is that I made the dress sleeveless. This is in part because I pulled this fabric from my stash, and I only had 2 yards. But that is okay, I frequently choose to make sleeveless or short sleeve items to be worn with other layers-- allows me to stretch my wardrobe out to all 4 seasons, and adjust to the wide variation of temperature variations in my environment (freezing office, overly warm classrooms, etc.) In order to make it sleeveless with a clean line, I drafted an armhole facing (this was the first time doing that and it was easy!). I also took 20 inches out of the sweep of the skirt and shortened it considerably. I took the ease out of the back shoulders (I fail to see why one needs ease in a stretch knit... would be happy for someone to explain this to me). To fit the pattern to my body, I cut an 18 waist and skirt and a 16 bust and shoulders, and still took out another inch around the bust (curved it in under the armhole). Right now I'm a size 12 in both tops and bottoms. I also reshaped the front armhole... it had a very extreme curve, which I tamed down a bit. To fit the pattern onto my 2 yards I cut the belt in two parts-- not ideal but it doesn't look too bad.
I interfaced the facings with lightweight tricot from Emma One Sock-- this is the nicest interfacing I have ever worked with. I also put some strips of interfacing in the shoulder seams to control stretch. I hemmed with interfacing... first time I've done that, and it is really a beautiful method. I tacked the facings down with fusible hem tape (I feel like this was cheating, but I tried hand sewing and everything shows on this fabric, and I can't stand spending all day tugging at facings).
Before making this dress I made a wearable muslin (will post pics later) where I skipped the facings and bound the neckline and armholes. This was okay-- a more casual look, I love it too! For this dress I tried the facings and love the clean, crisp look. This is also sort of a trial run before I make it in silk jersey, and my previous attempt at making another dress in silk jersey was sort of sad-- by the third wearing it has completely stretched out. It was also a b---- to sew, it kept wiggling out from under my needle. I think some very lightweight interfacing would help both problems.
The jury is still out on the facings though... the bound version has the benefit that it pulls the bust in a little and gives it a little more shape. So far the facings version has a tendency to gape a little if my posture isn't perfect.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I intend to. Still want my DVF knock off in silk jersey. In fact I think I might like it better than a real DVF (at least that is what I tell myself!) since the current versions are rather low cut for wearing at work. I also think it would be luxurious in soft wool jersey, and I love the wrap top version, I can envision it in a light sweater knit.
Great pattern. There is a reason the DVF wrap dress has sold millions, just so flattering and feminine. An added benefit-- nursing compatible and adjustable for a changing body, for all those moms out there! I've been wanting this dress for soooo long, don't know why I waited so long!
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