When I saw this pattern when it was first released, it instantly went onto my list to pick up during the next pattern sale. And I happened to run across this beautiful panel print -- Black and White Jaguar Printed Cotton-Polyester Jacquard (sadly, it's already sold out) and knew that it would be perfect for this dress!
Okay, so let's talk about this pattern! This is Vogue 1392 - Kay Unger. This is a beautifully designed pattern and it's listed as "easy". Well, it's not difficult, but there are A LOT of steps that take this dress to the next level and makes it not just another dress. And here's why:
First of all, this pattern requires quite a few notions.
I cut the size 14. I added an inch to the bodice and two inches to the skirt.
The border print was really easy to line up. (When print-matching, you MUST cut the fabric on a single layer and NOT on the fold.) I just had to decide how I wanted to use it. I cut the front bodice pieces so that the larger print would flow to the back.
The pattern *suggested* that the bodice pieces be interfaced with fusible interfacing. Since I had silk organza, I decided to underline instead. Some people hand baste using silk thread. But hey, I'm lazy so I machine basted. Notice that I did the darts as well. When you underline, both pieces of fabric are now treated as one!
Have you ever wondered how dresses like this one, that are not knits stay in place at the shoulder? With an elastic strap, that's how!
And it's secured to the lining with a French tack (or chain stitch).
Here's the inside. Don't you love seeing the inside of everyone's garments? I do! Let me tell you about my lining fabric. This is my first time using a twill polyester lining and I like it! It's really cheap ($2/yd). So I think I'll be using it more often!
I love dresses with pockets!
Here is the organza petticoat and the lining for the skirt. The silk organza is sewn with French seams and finished with a narrow hem.
The dress is hemmed by using seam binding and hand sewn.
All in all, this dress went together beautifully. There were beautiful touches added that you just don't get in a lot of patterns. Full skirts are so of-the-moment and I feel that the organza petticoat would be welcomed addition to add body to the fullness. Now let me tell you about the craziness that occured as I was getting dressed to actually wear this! Remember I had mentioned that I was going to be a panelist at Bloganista? Well, that was for Saturday morning. I finished this dress around mid-day on Friday. I tried it on to check the fit. It was fine. On Saturday morning... right before I was due to leave (I'd even allotted myself an hour for photos), my husband had just zipped me up. And as I sat down to put on my shoes, the worst imaginable thing happened! I felt my zipper separating and the feeling of air hitting my back almost made me cry! But hey, I'm a seasoned seamstress, right? We know how to deal with these sort of things, RIGHT? So I did a quick 15-20 minute replacement. Cool. I still have a little time left.
This guy is the greatest!
My husband zipped me in the dress once more. And guess what? The damn same thing happened again!!! I didn't understand why. I've never had this happen before. I've put invisible zippers into dresses made of heavier fabric and bodices with way more substantial foundations. Bad batch maybe?? By now, I'm on the verge of a nervous breakdown! My husband grabs his keys and asked what he could do to help, where he needed to go and what he needed to buy. Sure I could've switched dresses. But I wanted to wear THIS dress. Look at all of the work I had put into and there was no way I was going to be defeated. So I sent him out to get a metal zipper. I bet that sucker was going to hold. And it did! I made it to my conference just in time for my panel!
Even after the zipper fiasco, I still love this dress. And it was definitely a great story to tell throughout my day!