Oh, Vogue 8997, how do I love thee?
Here's the fabulous pattern...note that it comes with a two piece sleeve (wonderful in a dress and unusual), a flutter sleeve and a straight sheath version. I will be making an entire wardrobe of these dresses in all their variation.
When Sarah helped me fit my mock-up, this is what I had to work with:
The pattern has eight pattern pieces for the sleeveless version. I am so asymmetrical that I had to cut the dress in single layers and had to make adjustments on 12 of the 16 pieces. So yes, it is a slow process for someone like me. I am not temperamentally a particularly detailed or precise person. But working with Sarah has shown me the benefits of slowly making these adjustments and working carefully. I would fail as a custom dressmaker but thankfully my style works for my casual life.
|Eight bodice pieces each with its own little adjustment|
I self lined the bodice and then used a rayon lining for the bottom panels.
The stretch woven I used was quite lightweight so I applied light interfacing on the lining edges of the neckline and armholes to keep them stable. I line sleeveless dresses using a sort of "burrito" method. I meant to take good pictures illustrating this technique again but instead will refer you to my original post...lining a sleeveless sheath
Now let me show you how I will be wearing this dress in public...always with a little shrug.
I brought this project to my sewing retreat in August and one evening went shopping at the local Stein Mart store. (We don't have them in Maryland but they are one of my favorites for Florida casual wear.) I found this lacey little tie shrug for $8 on clearance and it looks like I coordinated it perfectly.
I may end up tracing the shrug because it's perfect for this dress. And this is how I feel wearing this fun, girly,swirly, twirly dress...let's get this party started.
Here's hoping that your sewing projects make you feel like dancing.