This is the fastest dress I've ever made! It took longer to make the pattern alterations than it did to construct the dress.
Vogue 1250 - started with a size 20
black/white abstract print ponte knit from fabric.com
1 yard stay tape
First you should know that this pattern consists of 3 pattern pieces: 1 front/back piece, 1 top back piece and a back neck facing piece. That's it. So all of my alterations had to be made to the front piece. After checking the finished garment measurements on the pattern piece, I determined that a combination of pivot & slide and adding some inches to the back would give me enough inches to fit my pear shaped bottom.
I also squared off the curved top back piece which added another 1.5" to the side seam.
Again, this dress goes together 1, 2, 3. Before you realize it you have a fully assembled dress.
The one construction tip that I would offer would be to add stay tape to the shoulder seams and I also added a small square of stay tape to either side of the side seam where the dart is formed.
I serged the edge of the draped facing so that it would be finished and I also serged the hemline of the dress. Turning up a one inch hem allowance, I used a double needle to stitch the hem down. A good press and the dress was done!
This dress can be made by a beginner sewist especially if you fall within the size range because you wouldn't need to make any alterations to the pattern. Just make sure that you use a knit with enough stretch and you will be fine.
Here's a pic of me trying to pose like the pattern cover:
And here is a pic of how I will probably wear it to work ~ with a black doubleknit cardigan that I've had it in my closet for forever.
I'm thinking about changing the pattern up a bit, so that there are side seams, and using my TNT dress pattern to make it happen. I thought about making that version today but I have alot of patterns that I want to make and sooooooo much fabric to use that I'm not sure if will happen this season. But who knows, I may yet stumble upon a great knit in the fabric closet and be inspired.
So this is the first garment I've completed during my 5 day sewcation...next up is Butterick 5600 and Toya I'm copying you because your version of this dress was so awesome!
Spring really is here in my corner of the world...the windows are open to let the spring breezes in and the trees are budding. Saw a group of robins in the tree outside my kitchen window and I snapped a quick picture...look carefully he's in there! *LOL*
...as always, more later!