Sunday, October 24, 2010
Serious catching up to do with this review! I finished this dress a month ago, but found it needed Spanx to wear. Now that I have Spanx, a review can happen.
Fabric: Some kind of wool blend that I bought ages ago at Fabricland. It was a remnant, dumped in a bin, with some holes here and there. I think I paid $3? $5? for it? My lining is cotton voile that I bought in India - it is very thin and sheer, wrinkles like the devil, but I like how cotton feels against my skin.
Pattern: Vogue 1183.
Pattern adjustments: I cut a size 10, graduating to a 12 at the waist and hip. A bit of petite sizing in the torso, and I also made the waist band an inch narrower.
One issue I have, the bodice gapes. I have it pinned in this picture, but I'm going to tack it down.
Time taken: I think I sewed this over 3-4 evenings. While things like top-stitching are time-consuming, this is a straight-forward dress to sew.
Favorite bits: While I don't look particularly slim in this picture, my family saw me wear this dress and told me it really made me look thin. Yay. (Spanx helps, of course.)
I also like the top-stitching - though it is a bit of a pain to do, it really makes this dress pretty special.
In conclusion: Gaping aside, I've already worn this dress twice to work, so I think I love it!