This was supposed to be the dress I completed for the UFO challenge on the Sew Weekly the week of Fabruary 6th. But, my unfinished object remained unfinished until a couple weeks ago, and then it remained unphotographed and unworn until today.
This is fabric from my precious stash that I got in DC when we lived there for a month while my husband was in a training conference. There's this great store called G Street Fabrics that refreshes their $3.50/yd table with all sorts of goodies weekly. I bought about $60 worth of fabric over three visits to the shop and have been slowly working through it.
I am drawn to these soft, drapey fabrics and then I get so frustrated cutting and sewing them because they don't hold still and making a straight line seems to be impossible. When I get all frustrated like that, The imperfections of the completed project seem to outweigh any enjoyment I might have gotten from wearing it.
I'm glad I finally got around to finishing this and then finally got around to taking pictures. If I don't style and take pictures of something I'm not very fond of, it may continue live in the closet and never see the light of day.
I like the pattern itself (Vogue 8728) and am certainly not opposed to making it again. I think I would raise the waistline by just a half-inch or so and that's about it. I enjoyed seeing some of the different ways things are explained for this vintage reproduction pattern that are different from modern patterns.
I think it would be fun to get a belt kit for my next one and make one to match.
I do LOVE the curve under the gathered bust, but those gathers at the neckline are tricky. That lace detail is to cover a bit of a mess and was not an embellishment I planned on. Hopefully it works.
This is my vintage housewife moment.
"Oh, hi honey! You're home early! I was just fluffing the pillows."
Thank goodness I was able to get this fabric cut relatively straight. The lines on the fabric helped me some, but I was afraid they would indicate later if it wasn't perfect. I'm not going to inspect it any more closely than these pictures because I bet no one else will check either.
Yup. looks ok to me.
Maybe Me-Made-May will be the excuse I need to wear it.
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