This is Vogue 1405. How fabulous does it look on the model! (No that's not me on a good day - she probably weighs the same but is 6" taller). I raised the waist by 1" and I think this was a mistake as the waist looks a little too high and I tend to be pulling the skirt down during the day.
As you can see from the line drawings this is a mock-wrap dress with batwing sleeves.
.... which on my version look like this ....
.... and this .....
The midriff is draped and stitched onto a smaller band, and the skirt is just draped and quite close-fitting at the midriff. The fabric is some sort of stretch, synthetic fabric, I can't remember where I got it. It was just the right drape for this dress, albeit rather synthetic in its feel.
For some reason the pattern is supposed to have a zip in the back, which I really couldn't see the point in so I left it out and cut the back on a fold. This has worked fine as the dress easily pulls on over the my head. Here are the insides. You can see that you make a full slip from power mesh.
The slip is quite snug and gives both shape and stability.
At the back you add bra-strap sliders. though these aren't really needed. The pattern is described as Average, but I have to say I found it pretty fiddly (particularly the slip) and definitely one of the more difficult patterns I have used, so much so that convinced I wouldn't make it again it ended up in the bin rather than bothering to fold it up and put it back in the envelope. Having said that I have worn the dress to work quite a bit, it's smart yet comfortable and easy to wear.
I've had a lovely quiet weekend of sewing and finished a blouse and a Coco dress (to come soon) and cut out my Tilly and the Buttons Orla blouse. I just love the sense of achievement I get from sewing, and I have so many plans for Autumn. After a summer of being really good about buying fabric I am afraid I've one a little crazy over the last two months. Here's a taster of what is to come, and if you want any more info on some of the things I will be making visit my pinterest autumn planning board.
That's a lovely bit of Linton Tweed on the top, already half made into a Chanel-style jacket.
Have you any Autumn plans? Oh and if you are reading in the UK are any of you intending to go to the SewBrum meet up on 31st October. I'm thinking about it, although it will mean 5 hours of travelling. Have a great week.