Near the end when I was finalizing the draft, I tried on my Marcy skirts to decide which length would be best with the bodice. It was a check, a confirmation, and I wasn't anticipating much in the way of changes since I've sewn the skirt numerous times only - right now - they're all too big and big looked baggy and baggy also wasn't the look I was going for which I'm sure impacted my decision to move on, however, at the same time...
... I had started thinking about shoes and in particular about which pair of shoes would be the most comfortable for the longest length of time. Sew Expo is a lot of walking on cement floors.
Keeping shoes in mind, I briefly debated a different combo by holding the bodice pieces of Vogue 8691 next to the skirt pieces of my other favourite skirt - Burda 8213. They matched up near to perfect only the resulting dress - which was similar in shape, plus sleeves and a higher neckline, to the out of print Vogue 7824 below - would have been more of an overdressed, pantyhose and heels, combination and not a wear around the convention hall with comfortable shoes one. Again, not what I was going for.
And that made me think about wearing jeans which in turn made me think about sewing some pants because in the amount of time it would take me to go all over town to find a pair of jeans that both fit and flattered, I could go into the stash and sew a pair of pants... for a lot less money... and a lot more fun... and I'm still debating that thought. Meanwhile, my purple swirly fabric was already on the table and dresses were dancing in my head and at least one needed to be sewn.
Marcy's Vogue 8876 crept into my mind Friday night while I wasn't sleeping and since I wasn't sleeping, I started to figure out how to sew it from a knit, on fold, with a finished neckline, and no center front opening, and what size would I need. Saturday morning, I pulled out the pattern, checked the stretch factor on my fabric, compared it to the charts, and determined that I needed to sew exactly the size I'd previously traced which meant I could start right now. SOLD. This one is a winter version made from a soft, brushed, quite stable, knit.
Other than placing center front on fold to eliminate the buttoned opening, I cut out the pieces and sewed as directed. It was quick, easy, fun, and finished in a day. That's the benefit of making a second version of a pattern you've already sewn. I'd definitely make this out of a knit again although next time I would line the yoke with a woven to help keep the shoulders on the shoulders. It's so wonderful and flattering that I'm thinking about a sleeveless version for my trip to Oregon.
For the collar cording - the selvage rolled to the right side so I cut a narrow strip, twisted it, and zigzagged on top to make cording that is soft and color co-ordinated. It worked just great.
And here it is on me. A mirror shot but better than nothing. AND... with my shoes. What do you think? I'm still debating sewing some fun pants but it's nice to have options. This pattern has a lot of seams. It's great for curvy figures and is - IMHO - especially flattering in a soft fabric with drape.
And, my extremely talented grandson playing the piano. I have an almost identical picture of his mother doing exactly the same thing. Too fun.
Talk soon - Myrna
Grateful - a flattering and comfortable new dress and a lovely compliment