Yes, it's another maxi. But just pretend that it's short, if that's your thing :-) My first version of V8810 was short, but not worn a lot. For couple years I sewed things that interested me, but didn't particularly suit my lifestyle or needs. Since then I've become attached to maxi dresses - coverage, comfort, and a tropical vibe.
This pattern has lots of options - and a very pretty neckline that's a nice alternative to the collared look:
Butterfly on my shoulder...
I didn't use any of the skirt options - the full skirt is a 3/4 circle, just impossible when taken to a maxi length. And I don't do straight skirts! Instead, I used the skirt from the M6552 caftan dress. It's a slightly gathered A-line and fits this Vogue pattern, and me, really well.
A back view, slightly blurred because I had my camera set to take multiple shots. Not being a model, I moved...
Aside from the skirt replacement, I really didn't make a lot of changes. Mostly tweaks:
- The armhole has facings, but I opted for self-fabric bias binding. I think it works and looks better.
- As I noted in my first version, the shoulder on the pattern flies out and up a little bit. It's easy to correct once the bodice is put together at sides and shoulders.
|From the pattern envelope|
- The dress is drafted with a blouson bodice. But that only works if the waist is pulled in enough to make it blouse. No way is this girl going to cinch in anything! Easily adjusted - I just took 5/8" off the length of the bodice - no extra fabric, no blousing...
- And being picky - I used a large snap inside the front band, at the waistline, instead of a button.
Speaking of buttons, I used 12 on this dress! And once again, I have to mention my addiction to Frixion pens. I can write all over my garment (in this case, the front band when marking buttonholes), and the ink disappears if my iron gets anywhere close.
Twelve buttons were enough - I left a little interest at the bottom of the dress :-)
|Fabric: Susan Winget Botanical Buzz Butterfly Verbage [sic] cotton calico from JoAnns|
Parting shot: An indulgence I'd rather have than ice cream - passion fruit (maracuya) preserves on homemade biscuits.