At last! I have worked on this dress for a month and it nearly killed me – but alas – it’s done – and I’m celebrating!
It literally took me almost the entire day of hand sewing to insert the lining, hem and do the hook and eye – but I am so happy to be finished!
It’s still a bit “lumpy” from the layers, but I think a trip to the dry cleaners will take care of that.
It was wonderful to cover up all the “construction” on the inside with this silk crepe de chine lining – and it feels SO GOOD!
I learned so much making this dress and will definitely use the techniques in future projects – including hand inserting the zipper, which turned out quite well and is really not difficult to do.
I pushed to finish this because I also entered in the Little White Dress contest on PatternReview.com. As part of the contest you need to show photos of the dress un-accessorized, dressed down and dressed up. So here you go…
This really reinforced the versatility of this dress. I made it to wear for my son’s graduation in May, but I know it will get way more mileage beyond that event!
Here’s my official pattern review:
Pattern Description: Vogue 8648 MISSES’ DRESS: Lined dresses A, B, C, D, E, F, fitted through bust, mid-knee, have princess seams, bias midriff and back zipper. A, B, C: bias sides, straight skirt with back slit. B: contrast sides and midriff. D, E, F: bias side bodice, circular skirt, narrow hem. E: contrast bodice. C, F: above elbow sleeves.
Pattern Sizing: Combinations: AA(6-8-10-12), E5(14-16-18-20-22)
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? I’m sure they are, based on other reviews, but I didn’t follow the directions. Instead, I followed Susan Khalje’s “couture dress” class on Craftsy. What a learning experience! A great class with wonderful, detailed instruction for making this pattern or others using couture techniques.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like that it is easy to alter and fit. It is also very versatile – this pattern can easily be made in different looks.
Fabric Used: Ralph Lauren Silk/Linen blend. It’s actually a home furnishings fabric, but I liked the texture. It’s interlined with silk organza and the lining is silk crepe de chine.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: No design changes, but I did make a few alterations. I made my first FBA and lengthened the bodice by 1″. I found later, I also had to raise the skirt – or cut down the skirt waist – by 1″.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Not in the near future, simply because I have spent every free moment of the past month constructing this dress. That said, because I do have a muslin that fits, once I recover from the labor intensive approach I used, at some point, I’m sure I will come back to this pattern!
Conclusion: This is a really great and versatile pattern – I highly recommend it!