Wednesday, June 4, 2014

white linen denim Vogue 2900

May is over. Upon approaching to the end of Me-Made-May'14 challenge, I made a call for a meet-up and asked on twitter if any of participants could come to Tokyo on the last day to get together for celebrating the final day. Eight of us (including me) managed to come up to see each other under the very fine sky on that day. It was a really lovely day.

On the day before, I felt that I had no proper clothes for the meet-up (a very ordinary problem among us anyway). The thing was, by the 30th my options had run out because I had an undeclared rule for not repeating items during the challenge. Almost being forced, I sewed a new dress in the evening.

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I sewed V2900 dress from Vogue Patterns again. In solid white linen denim. Wore it, loved it, and was glad that I sewed. ta-da! Today's report, done.


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By the way, I once sewed a V2900 dress in plain woven white linen four years ago, and I'd say it was one of the most kindly recognized item of my handmade garments by non-sewists as well as by sewists. So I guess some of you may remember that dress too. And if you remember it, you may wonder whether I just replaced it with a new one because it was worn out or what is the difference.

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The answers are yes, and the grain lines. They have different grain lines. The former dress was cut in lengthwise straight grain. The new one was cut in bias. From similar fabrics.

Because the material and pattern are almost (but neither fabric or pattern was completely same, I have to mention this) identical, the dresses seem to look almost same when you look at them separately in the pics. However, you may find it interesting to see them side by side in the picture below. Don't they give different impressions especially on human body and especially side by side? We all know grain lines influence shapes in the garments, nevertheless, it is very interesting for me to find that they give such different impressions. I'm not talking about which one looks better, or which one is better on me. I mean one dress looks more casual and more fresh and the other does more manipulated and more mature on me, to my eyes. Your impressions on them may be different from mine, but it is not very important today, the important thing is to witness that grain lines affect a very significant ingredient of how people look, if I am correct.

please excuse me about the creases in the new dress. I should have taken care of them more.

V2900 innately has both options (straight grain and bias grain) and I know that it is not always the case for most commercial patterns. But still, I hope you have fun with seeing this example. I also hope you see it with your eyes half closed, so that you don't have to see the creases which weren't that bad in the real life...


Happy sewing!

Love,
yoshimi

21 comments:

  1. That's a fabulous dress and it is really interesting to see the difference between to the two grainlines. Thanks for that!

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  2. I love a white dress for summer and this is great. I have had this pattern for so long - since it was first released and I have never sewn it up. Didn't notice that it had versions for straight or bias. now I am more intrigued and have to go dig it out of the file. maybe soon...

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  3. Oh, yes! There is a lot of difference! The new one looks more fitted! Absolute great idea!!

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  4. That is a beautiful dress, and so fresh looking. Very interesting to see the difference between the two.

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  5. That is very interesting! I have made only version A of this pattern, the straight-grain one, but I've made it three times because I like it that much. I had assumed the two versions would look exactly alike except for the different seamlines in the bodice, but now I want to try the bias one, too. Thanks, Yoshimi!

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  6. I've always liked that pattern, and now I'm happy to see it made up. Thanks for the comparison of the two cuts. It's a very pretty dress!

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  7. Gorgeous dress Yoshimi!! Very interesting to see the difference.

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  8. Wow. This is a lovely dress. The design lines and your work make it a wonderful and worthwhile dress to keep.

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  9. Gorgeous dress and loved seeing the differences, thank you.

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  10. What an interesting comparison - both look lovely, but they are quite different. I am not sure which is my favourite, hmm, perhaps both?

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  11. This is lovely! Great comparison as others have said. You just look so lovely in white :)

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  12. Another lovely dress...this was worth repeating! You look fabulous in it!

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  13. Interesting! I kind of assumed that you should never play around with grainlines- that a pattern was drafted to be sewn either on the straight grain or bias. I wonder if I have any patterns in my stash that I could try this with?!

    Also, I absolutely love this pattern on you! All of your versions are perfect :) And you just can't beat classic white!

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  14. Thanks for your post! I am sold on getting this pattern because I love both versions. Gorgeous.

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  15. That looks *fabulous*, Yoshimi! So chic!

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  16. One looks more fitted but but both are beautiful (as usual with you)!

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  17. I doubted that I would look good in this pattern because I am short and not that slim anymore but I bought it anyway -- just to admire! LOL Now that I see version 2, it could be a possibility since the bias cut is slimming. Thank you for sharing your two versions! Kay from Hawaii

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  18. I really love your dress, it's simple yet very elegant. The fit is very beautiful.

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  19. All I can say is, " Work it, Sister! I love your style!"
    Usually, I don't talk that way but sometimes the moment speaks for us. Yes?
    Regards-Jamie

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