I made these videos while prepping to sew my sheath dress for an event last week. This dress had a few interesting areas that called for a little extra work, but was easy once I review the pattern on my dress form by tissue fitting. Full details are included in the video.
All the back and armhole adjustments are to be found in this video.
What is it about this dress that makes me feel so “En-Vogue?” I know this is an old pattern, and that so many have made it before. When I first saw this pattern I just could not bring myself to make it in the same black and white as the pattern envelope. I liked the style for sure…that color blocking is really a very nice touch. But for me, I had to wait to allow my creative innards to tell me what to make…that fabric jeanie in my heart had to rise up and give me a vision. Color makes all the difference!!
I made so many alterations to this pattern, I feel bad trying to explain it all in written form….
Here goes, I’ll at least list the changes for you reading folk and leave a link to my video for you folks who love to see the work in action.
Construction and Pattern Details: Vogue 1329 made in an Eileen Fisher ponte knit similar to this one here.
Created a v-neck
Omitted the back zipper since the knit is so stretchy
created facings for the lower armholes where there is no yoke
topstitched the yoke front and back and hem
Alterations: Tissue fitting and evaluation on video explaining the alterations needed.
gaping armholes front and back by darting the seam line on the yokes
Sway back adjustment across center back and side back
Created a v-neck
1/2 of a FBA on left front using slash and spread
1/2 of a FBA on right side using slash (see video demonstration) along with absorbing the resulting side dart.
added an extra inch at the back hips only (video shows how to measure the pattern and determine hip level.)
I was so comfortable wearing this dress, that I’m already geared and ready to make this again in a blue. However, next time, I think I’ll add a tad bit more to the hem. Although, it felt good, I just like a little more coverage on my thighs for this style of dress for when I sit down. Otherwise…as long as I have the v-neck, it is a win-win wardrobe piece. The video of my changes are here…..
I wasn’t going to put this up on the blog, but, I just couldn’t rob you all of this beautiful dress. You see, I don’t like to make muslins unless I really need to. So most of my “first” are really wearable muslins. You see, I can make wearable muslins anytime, because I have someone that will fit whatever I don’t like and love it. You know that kid? “Mikey” Well, that is my Mom and Sister… Although, they have their own peculiarities about fit, they are taller and shorter than me in the torso. Both, wear the same size 14 as me. However, one has a long torso and the other has a shorter torso. One has a “B-butt” and a foxy figure and thin thighs, and the other has a “B-butt” and thick thighs. I am a “DD-Butt” with thin thighs. Thus, we can interchange outfits made from knit and they will look different, fit different, yet still “fit” each of us pretty well.
I previously made this dress, and I loved it! However, the torso was a little long since I added the FBA using the pivot and slide method along with shortening the cross over and lengthening the skirt back. However, for this one, along with using the straight skirt…I left the length in the bodice for mom. She doesn’t like taking OOTD pics for the web…so I’m modeling the dress. And it fits me much tighter than it fits Mom, since my “DD-Butt” takes up some of the circumference.
Now, one thing about the skirt I need to warn you of….it had pleats and darts!!! WHAT??? Why? That really didn’t make since. I took all that out and made the skirt as simple as possible with their rayon jersey from SMFabric.com. Mom loved it, needless to say.
Construction details are on the original post….here.
Just so you know…she was extremely happy with the dress.
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