I picked up this linen when I was visiting DD1 in Baton Rouge, LA. She swore there weren't any real fabric shops but I found a few after a brief search :). She probably should have said she hadn't really looked yet.
Sewing with natural fibers is always such a pleasure because they sort of mold how you want them to remain...darts remain crisp, pleats as well and topstitching looks sharp. Why don't I use linen more often?
My eye was on this Vogue pattern for a while, mostly because of the lines of the top. I like the overall shape and the front slits are a cute detail. I'm not crazy about function-less flaps so I left those off.
This is one of those custom fit patterns and I made a 14 with a C-cup. I am loving the fit!
The photo is much cuter than the drawings. I couldn't find any reviews of this pattern, so Vogue, maybe use the photo on the cover of the envelope?
What made this much more time consuming for me was I wanted to make a garment that was finished very well, that fit well, and had an amazing invisible zipper. While this isn't exactly perfect, I am certainly proud of my fit, zipper and the slight changes I made to to the design.
The June issue of Threads discussed invisible zips and how to make them well, invisible! I spent a great deal of time lining everything up and carefully sewing so that zipper was nearly impossible to spot. How do you think I did? Perhaps there is a tiny bit of pulling at the center back and I am hoping that with a few more clips in the zipper tape, it will lay flatter than it is now.
According to the pattern directions, you were supposed to use bias tape to finish off the neckline and armholes. While I don't dislike that finish, I wanted something nicer so I made my own bias tape and sewed it to the right side of the dress, folded it to the inside and hand stitched in place. I topstitched the front side skirt pieces, just like the directions indicate along with the waistline seam.
Only a few alterations were necessary. The first was to very slightly let out the waist seam (by a total of 1/2") and also make a deeper bust dart (about an inch) on each side. I found the neckline too high and lowered it by 1.5 inches in the front and a half-inch in the back.
Just because...I staystitched the neckline before attaching the bias tape.
One of the things I checked out before saying this was done was inspecting how the waistline seam lay. Was it horizontal of did it dip slightly front or to the back? I think that if anything it may very slightly, less than 1/4" towards the back. If I make this again, I'll check that more closely. Right now I think I'm being too critical. I also checked the hemline and that seemed very straight and parallel to the floor as well.
This pattern is a winner for me! I can totally see the 3/4 sleeve top and pants in a ponte and you could eliminate the zips.
Look, no gaping armholes either!!!
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