Last weekend, after finishing the gift outfit for the "Friday Night Sew In," I decided to give my new pattern a whirl. The Vogue 1250 pattern has been out there this spring and summer, and I've seen lots of versions of it. What attracts me is that it looks good on everyone: tall, short, plump, bony, inbetween, whatever. So when my friend G Marie offered to pick me up a copy of the pattern, since she was attending the pattern sale, I jumped at the offer. It came in on a Monday, and I spent the week periodically puzzling over the directions and oddly shaped pattern pieces (there are only 3).
Then I chose my fabrics. For the first test, I chose a turquoise poly knit, lightweight and soft. I cut right on the size lines as per the envelope sizing, and it worked perfectly: the drape in the neck eliminates the need for any fiddling to fit the upper torso.
Then, on to the fabric I really wanted to use. I picked this out because it looked like a watercolor to me, but the fabric was much thicker than I thought it would be. (Note: it was a poly-lycra blend, so I was just a dumbass in not realizing what it would feel like. But I'd likely have bought it anyway.) Sewing went faster the second time, and the dress was just what I wanted!
My dearly beloved opined that the fabric is so loud that I make noise without saying a thing. I told him that's just great.
And, with temperatures in the upper 60s this week, I was able to wear both of these dresses!
Now, using things I learned from these dresses, I think I'm going to revamp my long sleeved top with the draped neck, and see if I can make it better. My guys are watching football, so it's probably time for me to get those sewing machines making noise!