Pattern Description: From the Vogue website – well, there isn’t much. “MISSES’ DRESS: Close-fitting (through bodice), lined.” Thanks.
Here’s my description: Close fitting dress with bodice and skirt variations. View A, B and C have halter necklines. View D, E and F have gathered bodice with full back. Skirt variations on straight and semi-circle. I made view E.
Sizing: 6-20. I started with a 12 at the bodice, tapering out to 14 at the waist.
Fabric Used: Tra La, It’s Spring cotton seersucker (sold out, sorry) from Gorgeous Fabrics. The lining is White Bemberg
Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10 needle, Metrosene thread, clear elastic, Pro-Tricot interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes
How were the instructions? They were good. This pattern goes together very well, and the instructions are quite clear. There is one little mistake that I found. In Step 15, it says, and shows, to press the seam allowances toward the midriff piece.
But, in steps 18 and 19, the illustration shows the seam allowances pressed toward the upper bodice. A minor nit, but one that could cause confusion. Press the seam allowances down, toward the midriff for the best results.
Construction Notes: I made the lining for the skirt first, but as I was constructing the dress, I realized that the seersucker didn’t need lining at the skirt, so I decided to just line the bodice. I fell-stitched the bodice lining to the bottom of the midriff band.
I also did my standard FBA and adjusted the back. You can see those changes in this post.
I hand-basted the zipper to the outer shell, to ensure that the lines met properly:
Likes/Dislikes: I love the fact that this dress is bra friendly. It’s well drafted and goes together easily. Take a look at your fabric and decide if you need or want the skirt lining. I would recommend it for the pencil skirt, but you might be able to forego it in the circle skirt.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I would recommend it. I may not do it again, just because there are lots of other patterns I want to sew.
Conclusion: I really like it! It’s a great pattern for advanced beginners or higher (for lack of a better term) sewists. Here’s a picture of it on Shelley:
ETA on 6/1/11
DH and I went to lunch today and I wore my dress. Here’s a cell phone picture of me in it.
Next up is the StyleArc Kim Dress. I’m working on a vacation wardrobe.
Parting Shot – His Lordship: Hoover, surveying his domain