Thanks to the BMV pattern sales, I have accumulated quite a nice stash of new patterns.
This Sunday, Hubby and I will be flying out for a 3 day business trip and dress code is suits for the men and dresses for the women. I needed a new dress for the occasion and went with Vogue 1407
I found some great ponte during a sale at Fabric Mart Fabrics. I thought about another solid besides black but that thought was quickly pushed aside. With online shopping it is so much easier to just get black, you know it will match the other fabric.
This dress is suppose to be lined and I ordered some lining but I did not order stretch lining. Remember I need this dress by Sunday, this Sunday the 28th, no time to order lining. With the limited time, I just went with an unlined dress and I will wear a slip. That works for me and works for getting this dress completed.
I usually don't muslin knit dresses and work with the fitting as I go.
Some important things and changes with this dress:
- I made a FBA on the dress and according to my Palmer and Pletsch book with a FBA it lowers the dart so unless you need a 1-1/2" lower dart do not move your dart. I could of moved the dart down 1/2" but really it isn't too bad.
- You assemble this dress in steps, attaching the right front then the left front. I serged the right side, then basted the side seam and the back seam. This let me try on the dress and yea - no need for a zipper.
- The neck binding I made a smaller by about 2-3", this helps pull the knit to the body. I should of made the binding wider as when you stretch the binding it thins out the width. This made it difficult to turn and stitch it down. I find it easier to make the binding wider, and you can trim the extra. Always nice to have the extra, right?
- The pattern has great Center Front lines to match all the plaid.
- Also, the pattern instructions have you fold the binding then stitch in place. I like to fold my binding over the seam allowance, which I serge. If you want wider binding just widen you seam allowance setting on your serger.
A nice look with the cardigan, too
- I did unsew the side seams and pull the lower overlap piece in. It just was away from the body too much I like the fit of it much better.
|Not sure what kind of face I am trying to make here!|