(can we just not discuss how awful it is to take pictures of yourself, especially at the end of the day when you’ve had your hair in a ponytail all day? And how my legs are a COMPLETELY different color than the rest of my body? I think I have a condition where my legs lost the ability to tan at some point. something like that…)
I haven’t had much to update on the sewing front since I went several weeks of not wanting to start anything. I bought fabrics and patterns but was a little discouraged from my last few projects. My skirts were ho-hum, the Amy Butler tunic was cute in theory but didn’t look that great on me. I tried a popular tank pattern that I was hopeful I could make in a bunch of fabrics and it was too big and looked like a shapeless sack. Boo!
This week I decided I needed a casual dress that was easy to make. I tried Vogue 1236.
It isn’t ultra fitted so a lot of skill wasn’t needed. And, because it’s loose it will be super comfortable in this hot weather.
I based my size off the finished garment measurements, not the sizing table or my ready-to-wear size. Thank goodness! I know pattern sizing has no relationship to ready-to-wear and I don’t really care about the number anyway. But, it almost makes it harder because you “know” you’ll go up a few sizes in a pattern (vs. your normal RTW size) but the patterns also have so much ease that you can’t go by the sizing tables unless you want to wear a tent. For reference, in a store I wear anything from a 6 to a 10. I don’t mind sharing because – who cares!? According to the pattern table, I should make anything from a 12 to a 16. BUT, based on finished garment measurements and calculating how much ease I wanted, I made a 10 on top and graded to a 12 on bottom and it was perfect. It’s enough to make your head spin! But, it’s also part of the beauty of learning to sew – you make it just for your measurements!
I did make a couple adjustments. I shortened the waist 1.5” and added 2” to the length at the bottom. This pattern is cut short! I’m only 5’6” and even with the extra 2 inches, I only got a 3/4” hem of out it.
I really like the pockets because they’re a cute feature and it’s comfortable to have a place for your hands. However, in this dress, on me at least, it adds poofiness and bumps I don’t want. I think the dress would look best with the top bloused over the belt a little more but the pockets get in the way of the belt. I think I’ll leave them off next time.
All and all, I’m happy with the project and it was just what I needed to get back on the sewing train again!