Of course, I want to look fantastic because I know there will be bunches of pictures taken and it's a party and I'm only 5 months behind her in the run up to 40. So there you have it, I'm vain and I love to dress up and make stuff. Isn't that why there's a blog?
Originally I was going to make this dress Vogue V1174, a Cynthia Steffe, out of this fabric.
here, but with everything going on, and after reading this pattern review from Erica and this review from Tasia, this dress sounds very time consuming, so I changed my plan to make the similar but simpler Vogue 7848. AND I had an unfortunate prewashing blunder with this fabric. You might be able to sort of see from this photo the cool texture this fabric has, which made it look rich and fine. I just blazed forward and prewashed it not using my brain that it's COTTON, and the texture washed out. DOY! (you don't get enough doy these days so here's yours). Part of the reason I put it off starting till we were a week away. I really wanted that fancy fine look for the original dress and I even considered going and buying more of the same fabric, but that seemed wasteful and I wasted a week or so kicking my self (now my leg hurts and I was pretty much out of time). Anyway, then it occurred to me I had purchased the other pattern that also is strapless, has boning but is easier to make, as advised on all the pattern reviews, and maybe that would be better. Sigh....whew! Problem solved- charge forward.
Pattern review link will be added in a later edit.
Pattern Description: Princess seam A line dress with close fitting boned bodice.
Pattern Sizing: 6,8,10 : I cut a 10
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? Yes, more so before I took out some flair and hemmed it above the knee.
What changes did you make? I did a full bust adjustment and shortened the total length to the knee.
I didn't make another muslin after the first one that I blogged about before, so when I then cut the fashion fabric and fitted it again, it fit perfectly with using the full 5/8" seam allowances, instead of the 3/8" that I had used on some seams for the muslin. I went back to the pattern and shaved off some of the flare since I shortened it to above the knees, it was too much flair for that short of a dress. Then I finished the princess seams with black 1/2" single fold seam binding so that the inside is as beautiful as the outside. I finished it up to just above the point that the boned facing hits.
For the facing, I had just enough of the face fabric to use for it. The facing is where the boning is installed and also having read the pattern reviews, I finished the bottom edge with petersham, and added a little hook/eye at the center back to cinch it in a little and help hold the whole thing up. I got that from the last pattern review- didn't make it up on my own.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I LOVE the way this fits and looks. Half of design is choosing the right fabric and trims to make a great look. I love this one. Some of it could be the fabric against my skin but I really like the support and shape that the boning gives and it's super comfortable. Of course I have yet to wear this for an extended period of time for full evaluation. We'll find out if it's really comfortable after a long party.
Lots of pictures will be taken this weekend. Will post those later for your scrutiny. I totally recommend making this dress.!
Hoping to get out to see "Eat, Pray, Love" on Sunday. I loved the book. I read it right when I quit everything (job, life, house, pets, garden) and moved back to Portland. I've been to all those countries and I needed a change. I loved it. Crossing fingers the movie does it justice.
post script note- I would not do the alternating boning again. It's a little odd. At least for the two front ones, i'd make them the same. I think overall, I should just cut a 10 and no FbA. I think would have been fine w/a smaller one or none at all. I still suffer from thinking I'm bigger than I am.