My third dress is now completed and it makes me realise how much I enjoy making clothes for others. The Vogue dress V8766 is quite simple and I explained last time how I graded the pattern for both the skirt and bodice. The only thing I dreaded was going through the fitting stage by myself but it went surprisingly well overall. Once I sewed the main parts on temporary seams I went to see Nadia and made a few adjustments in the following order:
-Pinning the dress at the back without creating imbalance between the front and back bodice
-Marking and removing any excess fabric off the side seams (Nadia likes her dresses fitted)
-Checking it all sits nicely on the shoulders and cutting excess fabric at shoulder level
-Modifying the position of the bust darts and the length of the waist darts
-Redrafting the neck opening
-Lowering the armhole opening
-Adjusting the length of the skirt.
My only issue was deciding where the hem of the skirt should sit. It’s a much easier task on a pencil skirt but clearly a waste of time trying to mark it with a piece of chalk on a flared skirt so I just relied on her waist to knee measurements and it worked well.
The dress construction was straightforward. There was nothing tricky with the dress and the fabric was easy to work with. While I’m happy with the results of my binding, I could have probably stretched it a bit more over the fabric so that it sits better around the neckline area. I also forgot to staystich so there is definitely room for improvement next time.
Nadia specifically wanted that dress to go the park with her children so we “treated” ourselves to an outdoors photoshoot on a day of non-stop freezing rain. We ventured into the back garden, braving the dreadful weather and armed with a pair of summer sandals and a Hello Kitty umbrella, Nadia showed remarkable courage in the face of adversity as long as –I was kindly reminded – it didn’t last more than 5 minutes. Luckily it didn’t and I’m glad to show you the dress in its rightful environment 🙂