So this week I made this dress for JK. It is Vogue 1159, and the pattern came out last year so I am a little late on the bandwagon but that gave me the chance to see all the other smashing versions.
The dress doesn't really want to hang on the dress form as it does on the body, but it certainly has the wow factor, very curve hugging.
Here is the pattern photo - what an odd fabric for Vogue to choose, you can't really see the drape because of the print. As shown the front makes a bit of a cap sleeve - but in reality that does not happen, it hangs on the shoulder as a sleeveless dress would.
Before I started this dress, I had read many comments about the pattern and the fact that it has more than a few quirks in the construction (not to mention maybe some errors on the pattern markings).
Here is a photo of the pattern piece. I pinned it up to my wall after I did all my tailor's tacks and notches, because I like to see the arrows, etc. on a pattern piece that has a lot of pleats and tucks. This is the entire dress, minus 2 more pieces which extend the skirt. But in essence, just one crazy Mobius strip of a pattern piece (OK, not really for you mathematicians among us) which is pleated, twisted, and attached partly to itself. Yes, finally, for this one I looked at the instructions. And looked. And turned them every which way. Finally the light bulb went on - so to speak - when I realized that the instructions were calling this piece "Dress Front and Back" I kept seeing that phrase and thinking where is the back? since there is another piece that is the bodice back. But they refer to this whole piece as "Dress Front and Back" , when in actuality it is more "Dress upper front and skirt front and back".
Perhaps I was overthinking it a bit, but once I got oriented with this it went together very quickly. Here is a look at the center front which is hidden by the drape. You can see how one side crosses over the other, and attaches, creating a diagonal side seam.
I hope JK loves wearing this dress - great excuse for new shoes! This may have changed my mind about knits. And it certainly was a change from my last project, the Vintage Treasure Dress. Despite my years of sewing - confession time - I almost never make anything with knits. I have drawers filled with sweaters, which I buy, and cute T-shirts are available in every possible color - so knits? Rarely. I really like tailoring so I do a lot of that. But I do have have 3 new Jalie top patterns, inspired by Eugenia and others, so I think this spring I will keep the ball point needles handy and try a few knits.
Something blooming around the Sunnygal garden, right on time to go with the purple knit jersey dress, a purple potato vine that lives on the pool deck, and needs to be trained a little bit better. Like a lot of plants, the bloom is just for a few weeks, but also just what we need in rainy February.