Pattern: Vogue 1250, a DNKY design
Fabric: Starlet knit (from fabric.com) 2 yards
Notes: Thanks so much to everyone who offered input on this dress! I decided to give it one more try. I cut the bust down by around 2 inches total, and also took an inch from the hips. It’s snug, but by no means is it uncomfortable, nor does it make me feel self-conscious (my biggest fear with a tight dress!)
I’m not entirely certain how the dress is meant to fit – certainly on the envelope it looks big for the model! I know that I had to cut down the smallest size offered, which is not generally the case for me. But maybe it’s supposed to have that ease – oh well, on my figure it was too much!
My favorite bit is definitely the neckline. I don’t always love a cowl neck, but this one is just enough. The way the dress is constructed is odd, as there aren’t side seams below the waist. I think this makes the dress harder to fit and adjust – I ended up creating hip seamlines to give the dress more shape.
This is certainly outside of my box – I don’t often do straight skirts. But I’ve been thinking – why does dressing always have to be about hiding something? If I ask myself logically I certainly don’t truly believe that there is anything wrong with my shape – and yet I have always dressed to obscure the lower half of my body. That doesn’t seem right to me! I believe in dressing to flatter your shape, but it’s a slippery slope from that to self criticism (at least for me!) I’m trying to change that. I do love full skirts, but my wardrobe could use some more dresses like this (my husband, for the record, loves this dress on me!)
The wrinkles across the waistline in these photos are from my habitual “hands on hips” photo pose. I would have retaken them, but I’m having some issues with posed photos right now – my new camera won’t work on my tripod, so I have to grab moments when we are both home at the same time.
I’m not sure yet what’s up next – I need to go through my patterns and match them to fabric again. I’m looking forward to fall and fall sewing! I haven’t managed to do much on my knitting in the past few weeks – it’s been so hot that even I didn’t want to knit! Hopefully I can get back on that wagon soon – I will need some new sweaters this fall!