A long long time ago I saw Jessica’s version of V8667 here. Not only did I fall head over heels in love with her interpetation (leopard print!) but the styling & the designs on the pattern envelope fulfilled my inner cowl obsession. I had a yearning to follow Jessica’s lead & make it out of a knit. But way back then, I was really green when it came to knits and what could be made into what (now I am pale green as opposed to deep forest green). So I emailed Jessica asking for advice and she was kind enough to reply – a stable knit is required. You don’t want anything with too much stretch in all sorts of unpredictable directions. This dress has a certain amount of structure. Jessica, thank you for your reply all those moons ago. I didn’t forget & eventually purchased some very reasonable doubleknit (synthetic) from Croft Mill. It is navy striped, but looks grey from a distance. When I came to work with it I was surprised that the stripe is horizontal. Well, that’s unusual.
It was a toss up between V8667 and New Look 6000 mind you. Which one, which one? Either way I was relishing the opportunity of making one of these dresses without a zip! Or facings!!!!
At the end of the day I opted for the Vogue since I had enough fabric to make a full skirted dress. It was made without lining, facings or a zip- woo hoo!!!! And I have worn it a couple of times now & it is a wonderful work dress – stylish but very comfy, & we all know that I likes my comfort. (Can I say how much I love the cowl neck? Peachy!)
I used my overlocker throughout where I could, which was most of the construction. I stay stitched the neckline and the prescribed areas on the princess seam panels. To solve the sleeve hemming issue I used ric rac (two-tone navy & white) to catch a narrow hem.
(Yay! Ric rac ziggazigga world domination continues)
What hasn’t worked so well – perhaps I should have done a swayback alteration. Also the side panels seemed to have just too much fabric & ruffle a bit on the side front seam. But I work from the principle that where possible “a serged seam is forever, not just for Christmas” – no way do I unpick & fiddle where there is significantly less seam allowance than when I started. Tough. Anyway, both of these issues remedy themselves with a good pull downwards on the skirt - obviously not done before this photo shoot!
Working with this fabric was hardest pressing the seams – I had to use a damp pressing cloth, no crisp seams here. But this is karmic – I guess no ironing & no creasing when I wear it! Does anyone have any tips on sewing such synthetics? I don’t usually choose them so have such miniscule experience – maybe I’m missing something…..