* unfortunately due to technical issues all my photos of the event got corrupted
And despite bucketing rain and my end-of-week decrepitude, my helpful colleague Marylene was able to re-snap The New Dress just before lunch... YAY!
Looks like I've already had lunch in these photos, but that's because I had on a very naughty slip, which sneaked itself all the way up to my waist and hips without lettting on.
I KNEW I should have made the proper lining that came with the pattern!
|Try to remember: no more sewing shortcuts!|
I really like that this is a winter dress with some interesting design elements - interesting twisting, tucks and pleats; no side seams; front and back cut in one with the right sleeve... it's a recent pattern, Vogue 1341 - a Donna Karan pattern, of course (who else?).
I realise that you can't see that interesting stuff too well in all the hot pink, so here're the technical drawings:
Isn't that a lot of good detail for a sewist? And yes, there is a curved zip in the back, but you can probably leave it out as I did since the dress is only supposed to be made from stretch knits.
I made my dress from merino wool that I bought last year from Tessuti Fabrics - so scrummy and cosy for winter - but I think the draping and folding would keep in place a lot better in a ponti. I'm tempted to make the dress all over again in fact to find out what happens to all those folds in a less drapey fabric.
|Hello workmen in the semi-removated building. No, I'm not having millions of photos taken for your amusement.|
The fit of this dress seems consistent with other Vogue Donna Karan patterns, but would depend a lot on fabric choice. In a soft, drapey merino the dress feels roomy and comfortable, but in a firm ponti the bodice and upper arms might be tight. There's more ease around the waist and hips than I expected, so I ended up sewing down one of the waist-level folds to make the dress more fitted.
Thanks for reading and have a great weekend,
- Gabrielle x