Pattern Description: Dresses A, B have fitted, pleated bodice, front neckline finished with bias tape, back zipper, flared skirt and stitched hems. A: armholes finished with bias tape. B: three-quarter length sleeves and purchased belt.
Sizing: 6-22. I made a 14, then sized down (see below).
Fabric Used: Wool Jersey from Catherine Malandrino in Ink Blue (sold out, sorry) from Gorgeous Fabrics.
Needle/Notions Used: Stretch 70/10 Needle, Pro-Weft Interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply, Thread.
Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes.
How were the instructions? Passable. See the Construction Notes section for details.
Construction Notes: I made a FBA, which I do standard in Vogue patterns. I did a lot of things differently than the instructions. Let me be blunt. Vogue’s instructions are stuck in the 1980s, in the days before sergers became commonplace and knits were easily available. They need to revamp their entire set of instructions to bring them into the 21st century. I mean, really Vogue? Stitch in a double seam? Set a sleeve into an armscye after stitching the side seams closed? Use bias tape to finish edges? Put a zipper in a jersey dress? Really??? Yeah, no. I ignored them. I didn’t bother to sew the pleats down the way they suggest – I let them open softly. I stabilized the shoulder seams with Pam’s fusible interfacing, then I sewed the shoulder seams. After that, I set the sleeve in flat. I attached the skirt pieces to the bodice, sewed the side seams all at once and sewed up the back seam. I used a self-fabric facing at the neckline. No zipper is necessary in this dress, at least not with any wool jersey (like I used here), ITY, or any jersey with 25% or more stretch, so I left that off. I hemmed the dress and tried it on and….
It was too big.
I have been on a bit of a diet recently, and I am down 5 lbs since September. So I need to drop down a size these days. But this dress runs big. Another gripe I have is that Vogue doesn’t print the finished bust/waist/hip measurements on this pattern. Now, shame on me for not flat pattern measuring, but would it kill them (they ARE a publishing company, after all) to put those measurements back?
On the plus side – This pattern is well drafted and goes together quite easily. If you have any experience, you can sew this up in an afternoon, from start to finish.
Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? I would recommend it with caveats. Make sure you check the size against your size. I probably won’t make it again, but I do like it, now that I have taken it in a size.
Conclusion: A pretty, feminine dress. I love this fabric, which is why I chose this pattern – it shows it off. Here’s a picture styled on Shelley:
Oh yes, and I put one of these fabulous new labels in!
I just got a big shipment in of these, and we’ll start shipping some with every order in the next few weeks! If you want more, I’ll be putting 5-packs up for sale on Gorgeous Fabrics, so keep an eye out!