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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

Reader Sewing Advice Needed!

From my inbox:

Hi Erica!

I am an dedicated blog reader of yours. My best friend is getting herself married and I’m a bridesmaid. Thankfully the bridesmaid dresses are a relatively flattering A-line shape but there’s been quite a discussion concerning hemline length. I really admire your style and you always seem to have a spot on sense of what looks good.

All the bridesmaids are runners but two out of the three have thicker calves with thicker ankles. I have thin ankles and thin calves (yeah me), my thighs on the other hand ahem……! Anyway I was thinking the best length for the hemline would be just below the knee at the top of the calf. One of the other bridesmaids insits more tea length. Can I ask you for your advice?

What's YOUR advice?

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Vogue 1086 - Electric Blue Dress

Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1086 - Tracy Reese
Fabric: Silk Crepe de Chine from Denver Fabrics.com
Lining: China Silk
Notions: 12" invisible zipper

Description: Slightly flared dress, mid-knee, has princess seams, very loose-fitting bodice with yokes, forming cap sleeves, above waist midriff and left side zipper closure.

Pattern Sizing: I cut the size 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes... very easy!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? First of all, I was excited when I first saw this pattern, being that it is a Tracy Reese design. This pattern and all of its construction methods really live up to being based on a high-end RTW garment. All of the seams are encased french seams and the zipper tape is bound. The pleating detail on the front and back is so flattering. And all of the pieces are so well drafted!

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: The bodice is drafted with princess seams and I made a typical shoulder princess seam FBA. I also raised the neckline by almost 2 inches. It was way too low for a daydress (I plan to wear this with flat gladiator sandals too), and one bend over away from a wardrobe malfunction. I also raised the armscye. I didn't want my bra band showing everytime I raised my arm. I had to lengthen by 3 inches, because as you know, I pretty much lengthen everything. I added a lining to the skirt part. It was scandalously see-through. Think Princess Diana.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? No, I wouldn't sew it again... it's just too many more designs I'd like to make. However, I would recommend it. I'd also like to recommend that this be made in silk or something silk-like.

Conclusion: This is a great dress if you're looking for something drapey and flowy.