My original plan was to use Vogue 2978 but on reflection I decided this dress would not be the best choice for me because:
- I think the gathered neckline would make my full-ish bust look lumpy,
- The puffy sleeves could be a little ‘young’,
- Raglan sleeves are not always the best choice for narrow shoulders,
- The low armholes would do nothing for my short torso, and last but not least
- Since my waist is a full inch higher on my left than my right (thanks to my sciatica) putting an elastic band around this part of my body would only highlight my lopsidedness.
My colour choices were chocolate brown, rich purple or navy blue. Navy was the only colour I could find in the shop so that’s what I chose! I knew it would be really cold on the night so I would have to layer up. This was always going to involve a long-sleeved black tee and black opaque tights. That’s why I chose to make the slip in black rather than matching it to the dress, I figured that one consistent colour in the under-layer would look better than having a navy slip.
You've already seen it on me so here it is on the dummy.
Dress with flutter sleeves and elasticated empire waist with bias cut slip.
8-18. I cut a 12 tapering to a 14 on the hip.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes except for the change I made to the elastic placement.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were pretty clear, I'd rate this a fairly straightforward pattern, the difficulty would lie in making it in a temperamental fabric.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I made French seams on the sides. When I tried it on at first it looked like a sack, so I took in the side seams, forgetting in my haste that it would get shorter so it is a smidge shorter than I would like. That will teach me to make things in a hurry I suppose.
If I wear the dress again I’ll definitely make a new slip and probably not from this pattern (or fabric).
The dress was a dream to make in comparison. It went together easily, fit nicely (mind you there isn’t much fitting involved) and looks great (imho). I used very fine French seams throughout (about 3mm) except the armhole seam which I zig zagged and trimmed back, rather than bind and topstitch as in the pattern instructions. I hemmed the bottom with a straight stitched rolled hem.
The fabrics were silk chiffon for the dress and silk satin for the slip.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
The only alterations I made were on the dress:
- I used the selvedge instead of hemming the straight opening at the top of the flutter sleeve,
- I took 3cm out from the back neck, tapering to nothing at the bottom of the bodice seam, and
- I used the elastic guide from the vogue pattern to space out the rows of elastic and bring the lowest row down to the bottom of my rib cage (the lowest point before I go wonky).
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would actually. The style lends itself to a range of fabrics and occasions. In a print it might be okay for work in the summer.
So what do you think? It’s a bit different for me, not really being the floaty type but I like it.
Here is my fella helping with the photo shoot.