A dress that was previously mentioned about the pattern.
I sewed the Vogue dress, 2900 in a very stiff fabric.
I fell in love with this print instantly when I saw it for the first time on the dark corner of a small shop which was filled with many mysterious and miscellaneous goods and clutters from all over the world. I didn't know what to do with this African wax printed fabric, but I had to bring it home with me.
I wore it on the last Saturday when I went to Tokyo to meet my friends, and I got quite a lot of compliments from them. I had a few unexpected compliments from strangers(!) while shopping on the day too. I think I have to be very thankful to Vogue Patterns!
Have a good week!
Dresses A, B have bodice with angled seams, yoke and side front pockets, invisible zipper closing. A: edgestitch finishing. B: ribbon trim finishing. A, B: flared skirt with narrow hem. I chose style B, but sewed without ribbon trim finishing.
A(6-8-10), D(12-14-16), FW(18-20-22)
I used size8. According to the size chart I should have made size12, however, thanks to the previous reviews I was brave to cut in two sizes smaller, and it was absolutely successful. Considering that I tend to like narrower ease on most dresses, I think its size12 was too big to my measurements generally.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think very much so, if it was without some adjustments I did to this dress.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I sewed it in my way though. I like installing invisible zippers in the earlier step than the last step that was suggested in the instructions.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the bias cut of the big skirt as well as the sharp image of the bodice. I don't have particular dislikes in the style, however, I think I can say that I am not fond of having a zipper on the back of my dress. It's just a very personal preference and I placed it on the side of this dress, and it was no problem at all.
Plain cotton, African wax printed. It was a very stiff fabric, that was one of the reasons I wanted to cut it in bias.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I have put the invisible zipper on the left side, instead of putting it in the back. I cut Bodice Back(4), Back Neck Facing(10), Skirt Front(12), Skirt Back(17), Yoke Back(19) and Yoke Front B(20) "on fold". I also shortened the bodice an inch and took 1.5 inches from the waistline. The reason I shortened the bodice was not that it was too long to my torso, but that I liked to raise the waist slightly higher than it was originally supposed to be.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I am already planning the next one!
I love the dress! I got this African wax printed fabric, and it has grown in my mind that the fabric would make a pretty dress since then. Although it was a bit difficult and time-taking for me to match this print pattern on the bodice parts, especially in biased grain, the bias cut of the dress pattern helped a lot to get a nice fit from the stiff fabric, and I am very pleased with the result. I can recommend the pattern if you'd love a summery pretty sporty dress!