I needed a dose of colour to chase off the winter blues and a project that would free up some room in the cupboard. Enter Vogue 8742 and a ponte in a colour that falls somewhere between grape and fuchsia.
Having made this before here and here I don't have a lot to add.
I did my first ever sway back adjustment following this tutorial and I chopped an inch off the neckline. Looking at these photos I think I'll probably go back and chop a couple of inches off the length (if it doesn't shrink in the wash!). I bought this fabric about 18 months ago at Spotlight. I was so excited to see some bright colours that I bought three lots but unfortunately I'm regretting that decision now. The ponte pills really quickly and it doesn't play nicely with a twin needle. I tried ball point, jersey, universal and sharp, I adjusted the stitch length, tension and changed the thread but nothing worked. It kept skipping stitches and stripping the thread. I've never had this happen on any other fabric so I can only assume that something in this ponte really disagrees with my machine.
It's a fun dress and if it only lasts for one winter, I'm OK with that.