It feels like it has been forever since I’ve posted. Vogue 8997 deserves some space on my blog though. Then again, since I started working I am not sewing nearly as much as before. Lately I have been thinking that is a good thing because I was cranking out “stuff” when what I really need and want is quality garments that are timeless. I have a plan to address that going forth.
Meanwhile, I finally completed Vogue 8997. The fabric was a thrift store find. Something like six yards of fabric for a steal (that means less than $5.00). It sat for a while until I was extended an invitation to a surprise retirement event last summer. Get this, I was in Jo-Ann Fabrics purchasing lining fabric when I got a call. The young lady giving the event for her dad (the husband of the woman that studied the Bible with me when I was young) had expired!!! I was stunned. Needless to say, that project lie unfinished for some time . . . months.
The dress is fully lined. I opted for a solid purple cotton. The dress is kinda heavy, LOL. I absolutely love the pockets. In keeping with upping my sewing skills I did a toile of the bodice. For one thing I noticed the midriff of this frock fits the model sweetly! I had to achieve the same thing. Second, I needed to make sure the girls were well covered. Now see, this is how I know I need to do way better with my sewing. The toile showed the bust area to lie in a decent spot. Lo and behold when I put on the dress to wear it the other day . . . NOT!
Now get this, I had made up a modesty panel. But forgot I had it and wound up wearing one of those things that wraps around your brassiere strap to cover up my cleavage area.
It seemed too that I was constantly pulling at the shoulder straps. The straps are designed to fit closer to the shoulder than the neck. Not sure if I did it wrong or am simply not used to such distance between shoulder straps. I love that style.
Check out the midriff. Doesn’t it seem a bit “bunchy”? I don’t recall it staying that way for what it’s worth. I do think the next time I don this frock I might wear a waist cincher. Oh, and better supporting bras are definitely in order. That’s another blog post another time.
Overall, the dress was comfy, I like it and will undoubtedly wear again in the spring. It did get comps which is kind of cool. Still, it is always good to blog about a project for pros like you to see and get constructive feedback. One can’t grow with only accolades, right?