Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Ta-da! I had a go on another vogue dress. To be completely honest with you, I feel like dressing very casual recently... So, I don't know how much wear I'd get from the dress (guilty!), even though I think the dress itself turned quite pretty. However, I have a certain occasion to dress neatly and properly (than usual) in December. I may attend the meeting in this dress, so that it can bring the justice... I'll see.
I had few small problems or alterations when sewing this dress, but I copy&paste my review for the pattern as it can be possibly helpful to some of you.
Next time I'll post about the shrug that is in the first photo.
Talk to you soon!
Pullover, mid-knee length dress has loose-fitting, front pleated and gathered bodice, bands (twisted front), raised waist, A-line, front pleated and back gathered skirt, side pockets, stitched hems and long sleeves.
8-22, I made a size 8.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think pretty much so.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
I think so, but I personally don't like "double stitching" on jersey fabric. I used a particular thread for jersey sewing and stitched once. So far I have no problem with its durability of seams on my dress.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the style of the dress. It requires 2 way stretch fabric, and that means the result achieve both nice fit and comfort. I appreciate the long sleeve, although I have shortened them quite a bit for a better proportion. I think the pleats under bust are absolutely pretty too. I am not so fond of using the elastic bands into waist bands, and I have to say it was absolutely no need to insert elastic bands in the waist line for a reasonable fitting, in my case.
2 way stretch polyester jersey, thin and a bit sheer.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I omitted all elastic bands that the pattern instructed to insert in the waist bands. I omitted the pockets too. I raised the neck line about 1". I noticed that I needed a small swayback adjustment on this pattern after all. I'd try to make the back length 1/2" to 1" shorter next time, if any.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I may sew this again. If so, I'd love to sew it with a gorgeous fabric for some special occasion. This can make a quite dressy dress. I'm more than happy to recommend it to you as well!
I'm pretty happy with the result. It is very comfortable to wear and very easy to sew. Great dress.