I'm always late to the party when it comes to popular patterns and this time is no different.
The incredibly popular Vogue 1027 is one of my last summer sewing projects. I'm a bit skeptical when people say that a pattern runs big - too many times I've been left feeling enormous (because I've had to make my usual size) or with a garment that is too small. I usually make a 14 in Vogue patterns, but due to the stretchy nature of my ITY jersey I had planned on going down to a 12. Of course I'd bought the larger pattern range which started at 14. How big could it be?
I'm willing to admit I was wrong. This sucker has an enormous amount of ease. I took out over an inch from each side seam just to get a relatively close fit. It's only due to the weight of the skirt pulling the dress down that it looks as fitted as it does. I could easily have cut a 10, maybe even an 8.
I've started looking at pattern pieces to see if there's anything I can simplify. This time I cut the tie as one piece and sewed it in half angling the ends. I was very concerned about the neckline gaping or the shoulders stretching out, so I used seam tape on the shoulder seams and the front neckline edges which worked really well.
Mid length dresses and skirts look great on some people, but I'm not one of them, so I lopped 4 inches off the skirt hem. I usually like to eliminate facings generally top stitching with a twin needle instead. This time that didn't work - it just made the fabric look terrible - so I've used the sleeve facings and left the skirt un-hemmed (sorry Mum).
So how do I feel about this dress? It's nice, but it's not my favourite. It's a very feminine, swishy dress and I certainly feel very ladylike wearing it.. Maybe if I'd made it in the smaller size and used a less stretchy knit I would like it more. I think I'd give it a 7 out of 10. Maybe I'll like it more next summer...