It's officially autumn, even here in south Florida, regardless of our very warm weather and leaves that stay green. And even I have the 'transition' bug, that little urge to do something different for fall.
I picked up Vogue 8810 last spring, not with any particular fabric in mind, but because I really like the lines of View D. It's a nice take on a shirtwaist, very feminine - no collar, bit of a bow at the waist, soft gathers at the shoulders, pockets, and a semi-circular skirt. Perfect.
Because they're all in here!
|From Holly Lobby|
This looks like a fall dress, right?
It's a Vogue Easy pattern, fun to sew, with lots of little details to keep me busy and content.
- This is my usual size 14, and the fit is spot on. I'm 5'7", and had plenty of hem, actually took it up 2".
- I sewed the waist with a 3/8" seam, rather than 5/8", just to get a tad more length in the bodice.
- The pattern has dropped shoulders, but I think they must work better with sleeves! The same pattern pieces are used for both sleeved and sleeveless tops, but sort of fly away on the sleeveless version.
|From the pattern envelope|
- To finish the armhole, I used a 1 3/4" self-fabric bias binding, rather than a facing.
- Because the tie belt is over a waistline seam, I extended the casing to 3/4" from the bodice edge. This way I won't have to worry about the seam wandering above or below the belt. It works really well.
- Button, button, who has the button...this dress is buttoned all the way down the front. Except I sewed the skirt buttons through both layers without cutting open the buttonhole. They'll never open! And I ended up putting 4 buttons on the bodice rather than 2. This dress 'wants' to close higher on me, not something I feel like changing by redrafting the whole bodice! Easier to add buttons :-)
I didn't put a button at the waist at all, but sewed a large snap on the inside instead.
Cute dress with a modest twirl factor: