This dress is Vogue 8828,
a plain Jane dress pattern but with great
|Front of Vogue 8828|
|Back....you can barely make out the vertical and horizontal balances lines drawn on this mock-up|
|Vertical and horizontal balance lines to be marked on the mock-up dress.|
|Yes, double the pattern pieces to mark and adjust|
Now I have a customized, fitted sheath dress but it's time to make some style changes. I am planning on a simple sleeveless sheath for the first "real" version of the dress but I heartily dislike the jewel neckline on the pattern. I've been auditioning some neckline ideas and decided on a simple scoop neckline for this dress. Yesterday I traced the top seven pattern pieces and today I will draw the new neckline and new facings.
Pattern work for a fitted dress like this is tedious to me but I know in the end I'll be happy with the result. I would only spend this amount of time and energy on a fitted garment like a fitted jacket or sheath dress and only do this a few times a year. It's not my favorite way to honor or celebrate "National Sewing Month" but I've learned the payoff for being careful and meticulous here is an easier to sew, fully personalized garment.
A much more engaging past time for the last week has been devouring this book on my Kindle:
The Warmth of Other Suns .....Amazon Reviews
Isabel Wilkerson, already a Pulitzer Award-winning journalist, has been acclaimed for this thoroughly researched and thoroughly readable account of the internal migration of more than 6 million African-Americans from the South to the North, mid-West and West Coast from the turn of the century to 1970. She interviewed well over a thousand of these migrants to personalize the census and historic details of this enormous shift in population. She focuses on the life stories of three of the individuals in particular so there is a wonderful blend of history and personal narrative, a technique that I enjoyed in Laura Hillenbrand's Unbroken a few years back. Highly, highly recommend and I am so glad that my book group decided to read it.