Remember this winsome debutante?
Its a dress I just love. It’s broilingly hot tho. Seriously. I think I lined it in pot holders while I was distracted by tv. I’ve been on the prowl for another style that I enjoy as well. I don’t know why this appeals to me so. The ease of styling it? The basicness? No idea. Just love it. But it’s South Carolina and 2 days a year it is cold enough to enjoy. I’ll do it again in a lighter material, but will gaudy lightening strike twice for me? Who can tell. I saw this last month:
Vogue 1390. A perfect canvas for gaudy foolishness. I keep stalking Pattern Review hoping to see others, but no, I guess it’s up to me to, well, to quote Martha Washington, ‘Turn this mutha’ up!’ Shall we? Ok, here’s the details- Loose-fitting, pullover dress has neckline variations, self-lined yokes, bands and sides, no side seams and bias armhole facings. A: optional lining. I lined mine because my front panel was a sheerish voille- from fabricmart. The sides were courtesy of a sojourn to Mary Jo’s. I have chosen plaid as my new neutral!
This pattern had me a little baffled- the front and back panels fold up to create a self facing, I totally didn’t get it at first . I consulted a very wise Sew-wizard. She advised that I relax and learn a new technique. Of course, I’d already barreled thru and gone totally Sinatra on it (My Way, don’cha know) but now, I have a plan to do a 2nd without sheerness and unlined, so I shall go forth and follow directions. Novel idea, right? I did a hybrid of the instructions, because I needed to line my sheer front panel- the side panel sandwich made that really easy to make a nice inside. I’m not totally sold on this one. So far my fav view of it is this:
I don’t love the side panels so much. As a construction feature, very nifty. In practice, I thought they just sat funny- maybe that was just my body. I wore it to work this week and the shape was so bell-like on me that i immediately came home and tapered it in on the sides. This picture is artfully posed to show how my side panels kind of flutter inwards:
Sadly, this will not be my summertime go to frock- I think it’s more like ‘oh, this doesn’t need ironing….’ It is a proud day when I compare mine to the envelope and have the same flaws as a professionals! Ok, that’s really bad on my part- why did I think that the underarm accordion action and he odd hem waffling wouldn’t happen when I made it? Am I super girl or something? No. I think I just liked the fabric on the envelope. I am shallow, remember? I’m hoping to see some other versions of this pattern- I’d like to be re-inspired by anothers take on it. Then I will shamelessly and blatantly copy them. As it should be. Photoshoot supervision:
This also fits into my 6 month resolve to only buy fabric that makes something else work. The voille was lonely, it needed a friend. I’m all about selfless uniting of textile lonelyhearts. I am a giver! I also gave myself a little blouse with the scraps- Butterick 5956- with a bonus lacy waist bit. This top is not a huge favorite- gee 2 ‘ehs’ in a row- great post, Anne. The back has no shape and the front has tucks at the bust. Tucks that I feel should have been darts, or gathers. The tucks make weird lumpage at the bosom. I don’t need that. But it’s ok, I may pull them out and gather it. Whats your take on bustal lumpage? Ignore it or change it? Who says I can’t embrace tough issues ?
photo credits: pattern review, google images, meadhawg. All images remain the property of their original owners.