Thank you so much for all the wonderful people who took the time to comment on my last post about the fabric placement for this dress. The results clearly speak for themselves:
#2 My preference: 25 #1 My husband's preference: 1
Of course, he is now claiming that I misunderstood him and that he meant #2 all along!
This is the third version I have made of Vogue 8552. It was sewn using a gorgeous quality linen purchased from The Fabric Store, Melbourne a week before Christmas. It is quite light and floaty with plenty of drape. I really love both the pattern and the muted colours used on this fabric. I was particularly attracted to the wide purple border. I think it frames the fabric really well.
I'm not usually very good at tuning into the best placement for fabric as I'm generally quite distracted when I sew (you know, with trying to manage the needs of three young children and all) and start chopping into the fabric mindlessly only to regret in later. This time, however, I took the time to think about the ideal placement (with your help). I was also very careful to match the pattern at all the seams. So grown up, don't you think!
The original pattern of this dress has a front and back neck facing. This is sewn on prior to adding the pleats resulting in a fairly bulk neckline. I chose to pleat the neckline first and then to bind it with self-made bias binding instead. Not only did this eliminate the bulk but also meant the facing wasn't visible through the fabric.
The skirt of original pattern has a pegged front and a straight back. I altered both front and back to resemble more of a slight a-line shaped skirt as I wanted it to be much more roomier. The idea for this was blatantly stolen from my sister Katherine's latest version of this dress.
The only other deviation from the pattern was to omit the pockets. I really didn't want anything to upset the beautiful pattern on the fabric.
After wearing this dress to work today, I can say gushingly that I LOVE THIS DRESS!!!! In fact, I think there was quite a bit of dress-envy from my colleagues. It was cool (if doing playground duty at 38 degrees can be described as cool), comfortable, appropriate and the right amount of groovy. Also, I could scoot to work comfortably in it which gives it extra bonus points.
Speaking of which, check out my new wheels....LOVE!