My Christmas dress is finally done! I'm so excited! This is the first dress I have ever made and I had a lot of fun putting it together.
Front of dress on my new dress form, Betty (get it? my sewing machine's name is Peggy? *cough, Mad Men, cough*)
I used Vogue pattern 8766 and had no problems assembling the dress. The instructions were very clear and easy to follow, even with the few adjustments that I made. My waist and hip measurements were more on par with a size 14 and my bust/shoulder along the lines of a size 12, so I cut the pattern accordingly.
After assembling the bodice I tried it on and found it was waaaaay too tight across my tummy. I removed the front darts and put smaller ones in their place. After attaching the skirt to the bodice and installing the zipper, I tried it on again for fitting. Apparently I am very high waisted (basically where my ribcage ends), so I ended up taking the dress in about 1.5" where my waist is. I evened out the skirt with dressmaker's shears before hemming it (hemmed the lining about 1.5" shorter than the lace). I finished the raw edge of the sleeves with bias tape before hemming it because the lace is really unbearably itchy on my skin. Lastly I installed a hook and bar above the zipper.
Closeup. Sleeves were lined and cropped.
Back of dress on Betty (her new nickname is "Big Butt Betty" after fiddling with the sizing dials)
After all that I thought I was done, but then I decided to treat the hem of the skirt with trimming from the lace border. It just looked more finished when I pinned a test swatch. I cut enough of the border to cover the circumference of the skirt. I attached the trim with a small zigzag stitch to prevent the raw edge of the trim from unraveling; the stitching is discrete enough that no one will notice...except maybe me because I tend to be a perfectionist like that.
Lace border trim
Overall the pattern worked well for me and I loved the fabrics that I used (vintage lace and silk/cotton blend lining). I finished just about all the seams with bias tape which is something I had never tried but was pleased with the results. I can definitely see myself using this pattern again in the future.
Yay! I can't wait to wear my dress!