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1  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Vogue dress pattern V2880 on: May 30, 2011 06:23:13 PM
Got the muslin to this pattern made - and it fits!.
Mostly. I shortened the shoulder straps and I'll shorten the torso pieces by about 3" just so the gathers don't add bulk around my middle. Pattern piece #7 is supposed to be gathered, but I think I will make it match the un gathered foundation pieces underneath to, again, eliminate bulk.
But, overall I (and my husband!) like the fit.
I'm using 100% silk for the chiffon overlay, China silk foundation, and maybe raw silk lining.
I didn't make the skirt or all those ruffled edges in muslin.
I've been checking out YouTube for advice on sewing with silk & how to do rolled hems.

Boldly going forward!

2  CLOTHING / Sewing Pattern Reviews / Re: Vogue dress pattern V2880 on: November 30, 2010 10:34:34 PM
I was going to make this my wedding dress for my beach wedding & chickened out. Ended up finding the $1200 beaded corset ballgown that I fell in love with on Craigslist for $245, but that's another story. Feeling no guilt for trashing that dress on the beach: priceless.
I am 1,000 miles away from my mother and the Singer machine I know well. I just got the Kenmore that I inherited from my grandmother tuned up - it has been sitting unused for over a decade. I am going to get to know this machine as I make aprons as Christmas gifts: matching sets of adult, child & doll size - then get down to bidness and order a silk sample swatch set to see what suits my fancy.
I agree with making a muslin - I'm 5'3" and a 38DD; obviously some pattern adjustments are in order. Many times I end up cutting out 2 different pattern sizes and Frankensteining them together. No easy task on this pattern considering the asymmetric bodice & hemline. And I will likely have to shorten the hemline for my short ass.
I've read through the instructions more than a few times, and there is no demand for a surger, just a heck of a lot of patience. Making ruffles will be my hobby for a while.
The shoulder straps call for boning, which I  love the thought of: off the shoulder sexy that STAYS IN PLACE! HALLELUJAH! I just might sew boning into a few other things hanging around my closet.
This dress just begs for slinky fabrics. I'm using 100% silk: shantung for the shell & lining, chiffon for the skirting and ruffles.
Here's the deal with slinky fabrics: use  ball point needles. Otherwise you just perforate the fabric.
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