|Pattern Description: |
Fitted, lined dress has seam detail, bands, contrast, and back zipper/vent.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It did, though mine is a bit more close-fitting. I made a size 8. The description is "fitted" but the look on the Vogue was a bit too loose for my taste.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very. There are many instructions, because the dress consists of so many different pieces, but I followed them carefully and I (almost) couldn't go wrong. I removed the paper pattern pieces right before I had to sew the particular piece, carefully transferring all the markings to the fabric parts. I only sewed one piece upside down to another, the first one, so no overtime for my seam ripper.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the way it is constructed, the fitting, the overall look. Can't think of a dislike. Maybe that it is really short.
A mix of fabrics, 2-3 had a little stretch, the weight of the fabrics differ (I think I should have chosen a firmer one for the center back piece, but I am not going to change that anymore).
Pictures of the back of the dress.
An extra challenge was that the fabrics didn't have an obvious right and wrong side, so I had to be sure to end up with two mirrored pieces (I put all the markings to the wrong side, that helped me putting all the pieces where they should be).
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
After making a muslin of the upper part of the dress (which was a first for me, but it makes all the difference - no frustration about the fit when I finished the real dress) I decided to add an inch to the upper parts of the dress. I sliced the front side right through the bust point. The main alteration I always have to make is lowering bust darts (and bust points). Empire lines always end up right on my bust instead of underneath, that would have happened here.
Pictures of the front of the dress
- I put interfacing to some parts of the dress. There is no mentioning of interfacing at all, but I think the dress deserves a bit. The center front piece, the center back (where the zipper is, a small strap) and the facings.
- I cut the center front piece and the front and back yokes twice: for the inside and the outside. That was before I ended up leaving out the lining. I didn't intend to do so, but after a fitting session the stretch in the dress was so comfortable, I just didn't want to lose it. (I had a non stretch lining and there wasn't any in my (otherwise huuuuge) stash). I did put in facings to the neck and armholes.
Pictures of the inside of the dress (with wrinkles - I wore the dress the whole day yesterday at work.)
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't think I will sew it again, because it is a pretty distinctive dress, I do recommend it, because I think it is really pretty, it is very well drafted and not that difficult to make, just a lot of work because of all the pieces, but with a little patience it is really doable.
I am really happy with the dress. I love the look and the way it fits.