I bought this lovely stretch poplin on Trademe at the beginning of spring with a fullish floral dress in mind. It is quite light weight being a poplin so was best suited to a somewhat full skirt. The problem however was, how to choose a style that 'A' suited my bottom heavy hour glass shape and 'B' make it not look like a dress best worn by a teenager. Another words, a pretty, age appropriate, full skirted summer dress that didn't make me look like a sack of spuds tied in the middle....hmmm, a tall order, perhaps! Enter Vogue 1353. Now this pattern has received mixed reviews but being a recent Vogue convert, I forged ahead anyway undeterred.
I traced the pattern to size 10 in the bodice, grading out to size 12 in the hips. Had I listened to the reviews, I would have narrowed the shoulders slightly as well and this is my only regret with this pattern. If I were to make it again, I would narrow the shoulders at the arm opening about 1 cm and add this back in at the neck edge. The problem is only minor however, and is nothing a couple of bra stays made out of grosgrain ribbon and snaps won't fix!
I realised when I began sewing the dress, that I didn't have an invisible zipper. In fact, I didn't have a zipper at all. I did however have a roll of beige diy zippers that I bought to make cushion covers, so I ended up using this and cutting it to length. I also didn't have thread in the correct colour but did have a roll of invisible thread, so rather than have my stitches showing, for the first time ever, I hand stitched my zipper in, leaving near invisible stitching. I am quite happy with the result because it made avoiding the pleat that is quite close to the zipper, a simple process.
So, boyed by my zipper success, I hand stitched my hem using the same thread instead of the wide hem facing that the pattern called for.
Yesterday while I was perusing the internet, looking for inspiration for my next project, I came across this just about identical dress by Lisa Law which I find quite spooky really! Or is it just a case of great minds think alike!