Though I made this Vogue dress, I can't say I've been doing a lot of sewing, because it was a fairly quick dress to make. It would have been much quicker if I had thought to look on the Pattern Review site first as a few people sewed the neck differently, and changed how they finished the armholes.
I bought the pattern on Sewing Patterns .com, which often has amazing offers on patterns. The pattern is described as Easy Vogue, but a beginner would have a lot of trouble with it, especially the neckline.
The recommended fabric is knit and I used a viscose jersey fabric that my husband bought locally for me for Christmas. The pattern recommends interfacing the neck pieces. So to get them to lie flat involved copious use of a seam ripper, (much swearing!) and clipping and trimming seam allowances, and cutting notches in the seam allowances which eventually worked.
The armholes also caused some difficulty, as the pattern suggested folding the fabric and stitching. This wouldn't have worked firstly because the fabric was too light for it, secondly because I didn't think there was enough fabric for it and to also cover the 'fleshy bits'! What I did was cut some fabric strips on the bias and sewed them around the armhole, and I'm really happy with how they look.
I'll need to line the skirt of it to wear with tights, otherwise it will stick too much to them. A side view would show how flattering the style of the dress is, but I didn't think of it at the time.
My 5 year old happily took the photos, and more were blurred than not, as he wanted to be jumping on the bed with his sister.
My 'break' from homework ended during the week when he wanted to start reading and picked up a book called The Munster Republic, so a search for a more appropriate starting book led to the 11 year old finding a Dr Seuss book, Green Eggs and Ham which the 5 year old is about half-way through, and taking it everywhere with him.
That just might be reason enough to 'have' to buy some of that new Dr.Seuss fabric!
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