|Phew! Just finished in time. I really struggled to find my fourth piece for the Wardrobe Contest. So I just started sewing things until something clicked. Not the most efficient method, but, at the end of the day - I love the dress, and it's a nice final pice for my set of four. |
I've made this dress one time before, and was surprised at how much I loved it. It's casual, but really feminine. And with no zipper - it's a pretty easy dress to sew.
Lined, pull over dress with loose-fitting bodice (bias front), insets, elastic waist, and side slits.
As before. I normally wear a size 2 in RTW, and in Vogue patterns I'm usually a 10, but based on the final measurements on the pattern I used the 6. I think otherwise it would be too poofy.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Um, they were pretty good, as I mentioned last time - the instructions for the inset are unnecessarily obtuse. You can easily do it all by machine and have a clean finish on the inside.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
So pretty. The little inset on the bodice is precious. I love the full skirt with the 6-slits....it walks very nicely. And there's an elastic waist. So, I can eat dinner and have a cocktail without fear.
A peachskin print from Joann's Simply Silky line.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As I mentioned, I inserted the insets differently. Also I think the pattern suggests two slits in the front. I just did all of them. Mostly because I didn't read the directions, but in retrospect I think my vision is 20/20. I like it with the extra movement in the skirt.
Also, I also feel a little silly posting tips because I'm really quite new to sewing. Often I mostly feel like it be like an art student telling Picasso a nice technique for blending paint. Anyhoo, here is goes just in case this is news to anyone else. I had 6-slits to clean finish, and 6-panels to hem. The peachskin is really easy to sew with, but not so easy to get a hard-press on. I did it in two stages:
Vertical slits: About an inch above the start of the slit I slashed the seam allowance so I could serge it from the waist down to the slash. I used my narrow roll foot (I love that little sucker...it's the middle one with the squiggle in it...I think it's pretty easy to use) all the slit. That took up about 2/3rd of the seam allowance, and it doesn't have to be perfect. Then all I had to do was roll that sucker over once more, hit it with a press and use my edge stitch foot (The one on the right that looks like an ice skate) to finish. It's super clean, pretty quick, and has 3-rolls of fabric and 2-lines of stitches which gives it some weight.
Feet I used to finish the slits/hem
Panel bottom hems. To finish, I overcast the edges. Folded under 5/8" and pressed. I used steam-a-seam to set the hems, to make sewing the hem easier. At this point, all 6-panels are ready for the final stitch....To be able to cleaning backstitch right at the edge I set the needle right at the edge, lifted the foot, and slid in a scrap from my corduroy pants folded over at the back.
This gave the feed dogs something to run on. I could reinforce the beginning of the seam easily, and once the self fabric is far enough under the foot the corduroy scrap just falls off the back edge of the machine. Hope that makes sense.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Oh yes. It's a super little pattern. I think the capelet is a little froof-y/poofy, so I wouldn't likely do that. But I love this version and I'd like to try the longer one.
Okay, now off to snap some photos for the final post.