Wednesday, April 2, 2014

Sausage Dress


 See what I mean?



On the morning of the Brisbane meet up I decided I wanted to make a dress. I pulled out Vogue 1250, the Donna Karan knit dress that everybody but me had made. I pulled out some knit fabric I bought at Spotlight a couple of years ago and cut it out. I read a review that morning that said the shorter, squared off cowl kept popping out so I took the Kwik Sew cowl pattern that was conveniently still on the couch and cut a more traditional shaped and longer cowl. I think this was squared off because
the cowl is quite deep and making this change put a lot of fabric in the middle there but it does sit well (at least for the 5 minutes I wore it for the photos). Oh and that is the dirty mirror not stains on the dress.

I love the fabric although when I was sewing up the back skirt it was obvious that it wasn't printed on grain - I could have matched it up but it would have made the skirt about 2cm short and I didn't think I could sacrifice the length.  As many review have noted, this is a simple and really well drafted pattern and although I don't like how the extended shoulders look good on the envelope, I think it feels really good on. I made the 8 at the top, 12 at the bust and 14 from the bust down. Obviously I won't be wearing this out until I loose 10 kg! I do love it though so there is incentive. It was quite cheap fabric but feels lovely on and sewed up really well. I just used a zig zag stitch on the sewing machine (too lazy to change the black thread in the overlocker!) and left the hem unfinished.

I should have taken a photo on the hanger as it looks really good. Maybe it'll show up in a few months looking more Vogue 1250 and less sausage! 

5 comments:

  1. The print is so cool, and looks perfect for the style of the dress, how annoying that the stretch factor messed up the ease.

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  2. Alternatively if you don't feel like losing weight you could make it into a top, because the top half looks a lot less sausagy (new word of the day) than the bottom half, especially if you wear a cardi with it. Good luck :-)

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    1. Thanks I have a wrap cardi I made (wearable muslin) from Ottobre and it looks great on the hanger. Maybe it could be my incentive... menopause is not your weight friend!

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  3. I made a V1250 as well for the day but ended up making the stylearc dress as I had just enough time. We could have had a few of us there in that pattern! :D Your fabric is lovely and the dress is worth hanging on to until you feel more comfortable in it.

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    1. Thanks Sue. I did see a few V1250 on Sunday. I will keep it and get on the treadmill! Which StyleArc pattern did you make?

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