|Vogue 8648--The Couture Dress|
My dressed down/casual look.
After many, many hours of muslin making, fitting adjustments, hand sewing, refitting, and many, many hours of hand sewing over 200 inches of fashion fabric and lining; I am finally done.
And I'm am pretty satisfied with it!
Even Mr. Toad, who at one point said it looked like a hay sack, said he liked it.
Not "it's fine."
Or, it's "okay."
But he likes it!
My dressed up/evening look.
This is the dress I made for the first PatternReview.com contest of the year--The Little White Dress (LWD). The goal is to make a classic styled dress that can be dress-up or dressed-down. It is the summery version of the little black dress.
I chose Vogue 8648 because I thought that it met these requirements. It is also the pattern that comes with the Susan Khalje's Craftsy.com, The Couture Dress. I used the techniques in this class.
Yep. I didn't know if I would like the white, but I really do. I really thought it would be dyed another color until I tried it on with accessories.
Because I used the techniques in the class, I never even looked at the instructions included in the pattern envelope. The pattern itself was a pretty good fit. However, because this is supposed to be versatile, I raised the neckline and the back. I really loved the squared neckline and repeated it in back. Mr. Toad didn't get any pictures of the back that were focused so I can't show it.
|The wedge underneath is what needed to come out for|
the sway back adjustment.
One thing about the pattern that I might do differently is to combine the midriff panels and make them on grain. The whole dress is on bias, except the front panel and the two back panels.
I would also warn that if you make this dress, make sure to hang it for as long as you can-some recommend 48 hours, before hemming. I had to trim up to four inches in areas because of the stretch. I had been putting it on the dress form when I wasn't working on it.
|The hem is catch stitched to the organza. This won't show|
on the fashion fabric.
I think this even tops the feeling I had when I finished my first pair of Jalie jeans!
|The hook, of hook and eye.|
|Inside out--the lining is hand stiched|
in place--it is almost as nice as out.
|Bra strap carriers. I think all tops should have them.|
I included, bra strap carriers, hook and eye, hand picked zipper--the coolest, easiest zipper insertion for a dress.
While I don't see myself making another of this dress right away, but I do see a silk brocade version in the future.
- Little White Dress
- The Little White Dress (LWD) Contest Starts Today!
- Finished Muslin of the Little White Dress
- Working on the Little White Dress
- Don't You Hate It When You Think You're Almost Finished?