Blame it on Stacy. She started it. I saw the photo of her modeling the dress on her blog and I seriously considered sewing one for myself. Then, as I was browsing Patternreview, I came across a review for the dress by Leslie in Austin who altered the bodice to provide more coverage and included a photo of the alteration.
Well, that was it. I rushed to Joann's one hour before the sale ended to purchase Vogue 8386 so I could sew myself one of these lovely dresses. Never mind I have no where to wear it, I'll worry about that later.
Reviewers indicated that this dress was easy to sew and it was. Believe me I needed an instant gratification sewing project after my disappointing experience with McCall's 5316 (more on that in a day or two...I need time to get over my frustration).
I cut the dress out this morning and was able to sew most of it before family arrived mid-afternoon for my birthday cook-out. Well, it also helped that my darling husband took it upon himself to get the house and food ready for our afternoon entertaining. Isn't he a sweetie? After the crowd went home and the kitchen was cleaned up, I sat down at the sewing machine to complete the dress.
I did an FBA on the bodice pattern piece and raised the neckline slightly. My altered pattern piece is underneath the tissue pattern piece.You can see that the neckline was raised very slightly and that the FBA also lowered the bust point. Without this alteration, the under bust seam on this dress would not have fit me where it was supposed to.
Even with my alteration the neckline on the dress was too wide and too revealing. I ended up crossing the front pieces over one another almost two inches, with is more than the pattern instructions call for.
The alteration worked well as the neckline and bodice fits well.
I remember reading on Stacy's review that she thought some of her seams were bulky because of her fabric choice. I didn't understand what she meant until I began constructing the dress myself.
The gathers underneath the bust combined with the gathering of the center front skirt panel could create a bit of bulk if the knit being used is not thin and fluid. In the photo below the red lines and arrow show the amount of gathers required in a small amount of space.
For some reason a zipper is called for on this pattern. With the low front neckline and the stretchiness of this knit a zipper was not needed.
The dress was hemmed on the machine using my typical method of hemming knits. Maybe someday I'll learn how to use the cover hem feature on my serger, but until then I'll continue to hem my knits this way.
I iron Lite Steam-A-Seam on the wrong side of the bottom of the hem, peel off the paper backing, turn the hem up and press in place.
Then, using a stretch stitch on my machine I stitch the hem in place.
For some reason it didn't work as well as usual on this dress. The hem has a very slight wave to it. Hopefully the movement of the lightweight knit will disguise the slightly wavy hem.
All I have left to say is, "Honey? Where are you taking me to dinner?..."
"...and maybe a little dancing after dinner!"
Oh, don't forget to leave a comment if you want a chance to win an autographed copy of the book Low-Sew Boutique! I'll draw a name on Saturday, July 14.