I've had Vogue 1314, a Tracy Reese pattern, in my stash for quite some time. All that shirring to flatter the figure plus the ease of construction and a lining made it one of the top rated and most reviewed patterns in 2013. Now it's my turn! The design is a blank palette so I had to use this crazy kaleidoscope looking scuba knit, a recent acquisition from Julie's Picks from Fabric Mart. And I can't not enter this one into the Oonpalooza Fest, too... that print is crazy fun!
I cut a size 16 and graded to a 20 at the hip-- a normal choice for me. Oh, my it was quite large! I had to go back in and trim off about 2" (5 cm) to EACH side seam, yeah, a total of probably more then 4" (10cm). I think all that shirring causes it to have sooo much extra room in the bodice. I found I didn't need to go down about 2" (5 cm) total on the lining. I added an extra inch (2.5 cm) to the hem of the sleeves... but didn't add any to the bodice length as I usually do since I'm 2" (5 cm) taller then what Vogue patterns are drafted for.
Now, after getting it on and looking in the mirror, I was a bit nervous about the placement of the print on my derriere. You can see above that purple blob on the butt... are people going to be looking at it trying to do a Rorschach test as I walk around town? It looks much less odd in the photos then when I was in my dark sewing room in my basement. But I love the print on the upper back! I wonder if the clothing manufacturer (Maggy London) who used this material meant this to be the edge of the print and not the center?
The key to sewing this dress is purely getting the fit right... after that you can bust a move and make so many cute dresses. I see this as a LBD in the right fabric, yes?! Maybe leave of the sleeves? And look at that side shirring...
Okay, this next photo made me laugh... it says "I'm serious and I like corn". My son was just picking corn a couple minutes before I took these photos. I didn't even consider they were there... but dang, I look intense about it.
Overall, this dress has some weight to it, it'll be great for fall. I used my serger for the seams and a 80/12 jersey ballpoint needle. But when it came to hemming with my twin needle... ugh.. the scuba was a butt and there were skipped stitches left and right. So I busted out my hand dandy Pellon Easy Knit Tape and ironed it to the wrong side of the skirt hem, folded it up and had zero problems sewing... I just used my ballpoint for a plain, long straight stitch. I can't run or do yoga in the dress since the hem isn't stretchy now.
It's a fun dress! I'm gonna even enter it into the Pattern Stash contest on Pattern Review along with the other 9,403 entries already on there. Why not?!