AND NOW INTRODUCING...THE TEST GARMENT?
Overall I am satisfied with the fit. I should have added about an additional 1 inch in the waist and high hip area. Because this fabric is a print versus a solid, you can't tell but the skirt cups my belly a little too snuggly for my taste. BUT I'M IN LOVE with this fabric...AGAIN!
So here it is Finished and modeled with a basic black cardigan.
I wore this to work today. It is oh so comfortable. And to think I almost gave this fabric away instead of deciding to use it to make test garments. So glad I did not get rid of it-- I absolutely love this dress!
VOGUE 1250 - EVEN BETTER THE SECOND TIME AROUND
With the second version of this dress I added a quarter inch to each side seam from the hem tapering back to the original seam line at the underarm. I will post pics of the second finished dress as soon as my photographer (daughter) finds time in her busy schedule to take them.
WHAT I LEARNED ALONG THE WAY
- I learned that even after getting a great fit in a pattern, it is wise to allow room for additional adjustments by increasing the width of the side seams. Knit fabrics are not created equal. I felt safe in using the pencil skirt pattern to alter Vogue 1250 but I did not take into account that the pencil skirt had been made up in a ponte knit which falls away from the body more than the ITY knit I used. ITY knits drape beautifully and fall closer to the body. I believe this is why there was a tendency for this fabric to "find" my extra "curves" I should have allowed additional room to compensate for this.
- I now understand why Vogue 1250 has been so popular. It is flattering on many different figure types, a really classy dress, very versatile and can be whipped up in no time-- all a major plus in my book. This pattern is definitely a keeper!
- What?!? I actually enjoy pattern work?!? This is definitely a surprise to me, but the process of slashing, spreading, and rotating darts to get this pattern to fit my individual curves was more fun than I would have ever imagined. So to all the untouched patterns that now reside in my pattern stash I say: MWAHAHAHAHA! Watch out!!!
Until next time...sew something you love!