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Sunday, October 11, 2009

Dress 1 of 7 - Vogue 8594


Well as you can probably tell by the big gap between my posts this was not as quick a project as I had hoped, despite Vogue's "easy" rating. Technically the sewing is easy, but what is not obvious from the line drawings is that the diagonal seam on the skirt front needs to meet up with the side back seam. This means there is no room for any fitting adjustments on the side seams - if you make this dress a muslin is absolutely essential. When seams meet in a chevron you can get away with fine tuning the fit as you go, but when they are diagonal it's impossible.

Of course I did not do a muslin and discovered too late that the dress was too big on the hips (surely a first!?). I didn't have enough fabric to recut the skirt pieces so I ended up redrafting new front triangle pieces so that the seamlines would meet where I needed them to. Very fiddly and very boring, - I was glad to get this one finished I can tell you. That said I am really happy with the finished dress and it gives me a good excuse to wear these purple shoes - a bit matchy-matchy, but I don't care!

Click to enlarge (or maybe not, please don't look too closely at the seam matching!)

Next I am making Simplicity 2497, the Cynthia Rowley dress. I'm working on view C, in an emerald green silk dupioni which I washed to soften it up a bit. This pattern really is easy (so far...).

I also really want to thank the ever stylish Cennetta over at The Mahogany Stylist for giving me a Kreative Blogger award. I truly appreciate the time and effort that goes into all the sewing blogs I read - thank you for the inspiration and motivation.

23 comments:

Sue said...

Love that drss the colour is great and it looks great on you.

BTW I have selected you for a "Kreativ Blogger" award, also.

toy said...

very interesting about the hip being bigger, hmm, usually the hip is to small for me too. beautiful color though and i love the shoes, I'm also going to make the cynthia rowley dress soon

Karin said...

That dress looks gorgeous on you, cut colour!

Lisa said...

You look so beautiful!

Gail said...

You achieved a great fit. Love the shoes too.

Shannon said...

All the work paid off - you look fab!

j.kaori said...

Great dress! The fit looks wonderful and those shoes are fabulous.

Erica B. said...

That dress is fabulous on you! I plan ot make this pattern also. I'm in the midst of a jacket phase right now. But as soon as that wears off, next up dresses!

Marybeth said...

It looks so pretty - it was totally worth all the work... Can't wait to see the next one!

Birgitte said...

This is just lovely on you- including the shoes. So glad you didn't give up- I know what you mean about fiddly and boring, trying to save something you though already worked!! Congrats!

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I am so happy you were able to work out the fitting challenges because it is a fabulous dress on you! Love, love, love the shoes!

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

This is such a standout dress! The different seams add a lot of interest. Glad that CR dress is going a bit easier.

NGLaLALa said...

The dress looks fabulous on you and I LoVE the shoes!

Cennetta said...

Fabulous dress. Looking good.

Joyce in NC said...

The dress looks great on you.

Kathi said...

I really like that dress - the detailing around the waist is very neat. The shoes are also great!!

Audrey said...

Yeah, you finshed the dress! It looks great, both the fit and the color. And I was happy to see you made the other neckline so I could see what it looks like sewn up. It is not as low as I thought it would be from the pattern pictures.

Perfect shoes for the dress!

ClaireOKC said...

You did a great job matching those seams...they are very hard to match. Having done this more than once, you really did a great job.

Summerset said...

Excellent job - those seams look tricky!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Fabulous save! i never noticed the interesting seaming on that dress in the catalog--though if I had I probably would have looked at it, thought "cool!", and then thought "no way."

Trudy Callan said...

Absolutely beautiful.

Lindsay T said...

You make the most fabulous dresses! I love the whole ensemble.

Vicki said...

Love those shoes!! And the dress is a perfect match..lol. Seriously, it turned out pretty nicely in the end. Looks great on.