I had an idea that the Vogue 1250 dress, which was very popular last year and continues to be, could be modified. Specifically, the dress is very straight, and designed to be made from stretch knits. Oh, and the construction of the back is really weird. Astonishingly weird. Those of you who have made it know what I mean. I had a couple of ideas in mind, and set out last weekend to try a variation.
The first thing I did was to make the front in one single piece, instead of a piece with part of the back attached. Then I made the back one unit, removing a u-shaped horizontal seam from right above the wearer's butt (which my dearly beloved said made me look "droopy", not something a girl wants to hear). I added a little extra width for non-stretch fabric, and added 6 godets to give the skirt some fullness. Finally, I cut the dress out of yellow gauze (left from a 14 yard long piece I bought maybe 2 or 3 years back....I still have 4 yards or so left), and stitched it up with a 22" long zipper up the back.
The verdict? Well, I liked the idea, but I think the gauze was too stiff for this application. Still, it's not awful. I might even try it again from a softer fabric. Next spring, maybe.
Hope you're all having a great weekend!