Now I know this is going against what I said about my seasonal sewing plans where I was only going to add plain colours to my wardrobe but I was working on this dress (I promise - I really was) before I decided on my plan. The beautiful colours, which I might add, are perfect for my 'Cool Summer' colour palette that I talked about in this post, and the light fabric were just irresistible to me, they reminded me of a Summer breeze, so naturally I had to make something with it. No? The occasion - my granddaughter's Christening.
I have very few dresses in my repertoire and needed something special. Dressy but not over the top. Sooo... the search for a pattern started. I eventually decided on Anne Klein for Vogue V1223. When I found the fabric it seemed that they were just made for each other. I carefully laid out the fabric in a single layer making sure I had it right before placing the pattern down all the same way. After all I didn't want to get any back to front pieces now did I. I cut the first piece; turned it over to mark darts etc and OMG! I have cut it out on the wrong side of the fabric - well I think I have, more checking - yep I cut it on the wrong side. You can see which side is which, can't you? Neither could I. I figured if I couldn't tell, nobody else could either so I continued cutting and yes, I made this dress wrong side out.
|Wrong side - Right side (I think)|
|Bodice pleat detail|
|Waist pleat detail|
But then there was a problem. The design of the pattern pieces didn't allow for any length alterations for the short waist that comes with my vertically challenged figure. So, I did a most unconventional alteration for the waist length. I pulled the dress up and took it out from the shoulder. I mean, everyone does this, right? Well, maybe not, but hey - it worked for me.
|Alteration for short waist|
Now everything is sitting where it should be; waist at waist level and neckline not to low. I did have one more problem. Not enough time to let it 'hang' before stitching the hem. It dropped a bit more during the week I was in Melbourne before the Christening.
This photo was taken the next day when I got home as I forgot to get a photo while I was wearing it. Without make-up and hair not as well done. I styled it with this green jacket, a black belt, jewellery and sandals and a blue bag.
Dress: Vogue V1223
Belt: A new little shop in town - can't remember the name
Jewellery: Big W
Shoes: Zenzu from Faulls
Mid-knee lined dress, fitted at bust, has pleated front and back skirt, back zipper and very narrow hems
8-14, I made the 14
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes it did
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Mostly they were but they appeared incorrect for the pleating. The instructions were telling you to sew the pleats down on the front when clearly on the envelope they were not. The were correct for the back. I also found them a little vague or incomplete when stitching the shoulder seams. This is my first time lining a dress and couldn't quite figure out how it worked. I finished by stitching the shoulder seams by hand.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I particularly like the pleat details but found them inclined to stretch out of shape a little while stitching them even though I was careful. This could be because they are on the bias or it could have been the fabric I used.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I always need to shorten the waist in patterns and this design does not lend itself to being shortened here. So, as I usually find that I am short from the shoulder to the bust point not necessarily at the waist I removed an inch from the shoulder seams then reshaped the back neckline and the armhole. This worked very well.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Probably not. I don't really need more that one dress in this style
A very nice dress which is comfortable to wear.