I was making great progress with Vogue 8718 until I realized that our newly-installed central AC was not functioning as planned, and it is a hot weekend. Erg.
The jacket needed a lot of steam. So I switched gears. Today, I made Vogue 1250 - the DKNY cowl neck dress everyone has been raving about. There are already 17 reviews on PR and it has only been in the book for a month or so. I can see why it's popular. Three pattern pieces, and one of them is a little strip to finish the back neck. This is, as I proved today, a dress that you can make in an afternoon.
However, its design makes it a bit tricky for someone, like The Sewing Lawyer, whose top and bottom are not the same size. (FYI, the top is a pretty straight size 10 and the bottom is just a titch under size 16.)
My fabric is a mystery content, striped slinky-like fabric I picked up at Vogue Fabrics in Chicago (I do love the way that sounds :D). I had purchased a generous amount for a top, which turned out to be the right amount for this dress, 1.2 metres. It only needs one length, at least in my size range.
I sewed the dress using a tiny zig zag on my regular sewing machine (1.5 x 1.5 mm) which is narrow enough to press open, strong and stretchy.
So here's the finished dress. It looks pretty drab, but has some nice blues and cream colours in the stripes.
I was worried that the knit might stretch and the dress grow, but it seems firmer once made than I expected.
The cowl is low, but not indecent.
The back. Kind of plain.
Where's my spanx?
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