|Pattern Description: Very close-fitting, lined dress has front, back and shoulder straps cut-in-one, no side seam, bias, gathered upper left front, pleated and gathered back, and stitched hem.|
Pattern Sizing:I made a 12 in the bodice and moved out to a size 16 for the bottom half of the dress.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?Yes
Were the instructions easy to follow?They were okay. I really had to study the diagrams for some of the steps, taking note of the wrong side and right side of fabric and lining in the diagrams. The construction of this dress is not intuitive, so I was very reliant on the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?This was a totally different style of dress for me. It was fun to sew and the results ended up better than I expected.
Fabric Used:metallic rayon jersey from EmmaOneSock
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Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Some sewing details
* This dress was fun to make. The construction was different to most projects, and I was totally reliant on the instructions, but it was not difficult.
* Okay, perhaps one little bit was difficult. For step 5, very early on in the construction, I studied the diagram. Then I basted my pieces together. I checked. Convinced myself it was right. Over locked. Decided it was wrong. Cut the overlocking off. Studied the diagram some more. Realised that I was right the first time around. Re-sewed. That was the only problem step though...everything else came together slowly but surely.
* There are a lot of markings. I clipped and pin-basted all the pleats down the centre back. I used tailor tacks for all the other markings, using a different colour thread for the small circles, the large circles and the squares. This could be what everybody else does all the time, but I thought it was an ingenious idea to use the different colours!
* Another moment of ingenuity...The dress is tacked to the lining in several lines along seam allowances. The first couple I tacked by hand. Then for the last long line, I decided to use the blind hem stitch on my machine, zig-zagging in the seal allowance of the dress and swinging over to the lining, which I had folded out of the way.
* The pattern suggests that you hem the dress and lining separately, but I bagged it out as much as I could, because the dress is significantly longer than the lining, and I thought all the gathers in the dress would drop out and the dress would hang low if I didn't attach the 2 hems. Only, I should have measured the dress hem and lining hem before I did this (sewing on the run!) as the lengths did not match that well after all my taking out and letting in. This resulted in a bit of twisted bubble hem effect, but I think that works with the rest of the dress.
* I shortened the bodice at the straps. I always need to shorten the bodice of Vogue dresses. I knew I was going to adjust the strap length, but totally forgot that when I carefully gathered and stabilised the ends of the straps, as instructed. I cut 8 cm off the straps, which was to be expected as I normally shorten through the bodice by 4 cm. This has had the effect of raising the V at the front, but I do not mind, and it was easier than figuring out how to short the bodice equally front and back.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes & Yes
Conclusion: It took me 2 half-days to sew the dress, which is not too bad for a designer dress. All up, it was a fun and engaging sew, and I am rather happy with the result.