This is Vogue 8944 and the fabric is a great ponte that Kashi of Metro Textiles talked me into. If you've been following this blog for long - then you know I don't wear a lot of solids. For whatever reason - I feel big as a barn in solids. Anyway - I was going to pass on this fabric, but Kashi and JB talked me into it.
This dress had it's problems. I cut it out according to my measurements. A straight size 22. I did not trace all the pieces - what was I thinking? I traced the skirt pieces - front and back because I was making it in a knit and didn't need a center back seam in the skirt and I did need to lengthen the skirt - I added 3" and put in a 1.5" hem. The pattern calls for a 5/8" narrow hem, so I took a bigger hem than called for - but I think it suits this fabric. I also made a sway back adjustment to the back bodice and made up a sleeve length (I cut at the lengthen/shorten line). The sleeves are even - I'm not standing straight.
Anyway - I put this together with my serger and topstitched the seams per the instructions. Got it all done and it was too big. Enough that when I went to show JB even he noticed. That was Sunday night - after spending my weekend sewing time going to Costco, doing laundry, starting the flannel pants factory, and working on the circle skirt project - I wanted to make something for me! Something new, quick and easy. This dress felt like it should fit the bill. So - I hung it up and went to knit.
On Monday - I decided to finish it so I could wear it to work today. First - I took it in, 2" at the bust on both sides (yep - that's 4" smaller!) tapering to nothing at the hip and out to the bottom of the sleeve. The fit is much, much better.
Notes for next version:
- Cut the shoulders at a size 14 width
- Cut the sides at a size 18: width
- Cut the center front bodice just slightly off the fold
- Add just a bit more length to the skirt
And this is how I wore it to work - with a skinny taupe belt, a cardigan purchased at Target, and a pair of boots. I also wore the locket that Beau bought me for Christmas last year - I love this locket! I have to say - all in all - even with it's flaws - I really like this dress. The skirt is flirty and feminine without being too full. Even in the solid - I didn't feel huge. There will be more dresses from this pattern.
In fact - the next version will be color blocked with 2 solids and a print. Oh - and with the leftovers of this fabric? (Yes, I bought 5 yards of the fabric I wasn't sure I wanted. I have recently figured out that I can get a dress and a magic pencil skirt for one [or both] of my girls from 4 yards.) I bought the paprika patterns Jade Skirt - because of this post on the CSC.
I have big plans for the long weekend that's coming up - big plans I tell you! Flannel pants, color blocked dress, pencil skirt, another Violet and another Odette (which is cut out). I also have a Myrtle cut out - but I'm not loving the fabric, so who knows.
And for Nessa - here's a posterior for posterity.