23 May There Ain’t No Cure for the Summertime Blues
What can I say? I’m in a blue and white phase…. and I wish I had a suntan.
Greetings from Edisto Beach 🙂
Believe it or not I’ve been on the lookout for a simple shift dress with cut-in shoulders for woven fabrics for a long time. While that seems like an easy find I’ve never seen exactly what I had a mind. When I came across Vogue’s newly released top pattern, 9109 I knew the addition of a few more inches would bring about the dress I envisioned.
As you can tell I added more than a few inches – more like 24!
I had no intention of making a silk charmeuse maxi dress but when I draped the fabric over my dress form, I saw water, waves and oceans. The design is perfect for the beach even if the fabric isn’t.
Here it is at home,
but I think it enjoys blowing around in the ocean breeze.
From the pattern illustration below you can see the top is fitted through the lower bust gradually increasing to a slightly looser fit through the hips.
Since my fabric is lightweight, I chose to continue the a-line cut over a straight drop below the hips. To keep the dress casual, I left the sides split from just above the knee down, and I kept the dress at ankle-length so I could wear flats.
In addition to the custom-fit cup sizes, the selling point on this pattern was the center back seam allowing me more control over fitting my narrow back.
I sewed the fabric with the shiny side on the inside of the dress to give it the appearance of a silk twill vs. charmeuse. Turning the shiny side inside made it no more (or less) slippery to sew, and as you can see, the color is very clear on the matte side of the fabric.
Three factors generally determine whether I reccomend a pattern:
1. Alterations involved. At 5’2″ I’m bound to make alterations.
2. Construction process
3. Final result – was it worth it? Do I like it and will I wear it?
All three get a thumbs up as my only alterations were made in the bodice and overall length. After cutting the fabric which was tricky due to its design, the dress went together quickly and hassle free. This is the third Vogue pattern I’ve sewn in a row with great success – Go Vogue Go!
…and now…. Let the Summer Begin! 🙂
Best wishes for a safe and enjoyable Memorial Day weekend!