I’m going to subtitle this post ‘or why teh interwebs sometimes don’t know everything.’
You know that Vintage Vogue 8728 that’s doing the rounds? Lots of folks have made it and loved it. Including one Erin McKean, maven of A Dress A Day. I was among hoards of fangirls at her appearance at a Melbourne Frockshop and I’d like to confirm she’s as charming, funning and delightful in person as you would imagine from her online writings. Yay Erin, thank you for coming out to meet your public so we could gawp at your awesomeness. She was wearing a V8728 and looked smashing, and if you follow ADAD you’ll know it’s the new Duro (as in, she’s made approximately 35,264 of them within a very short space of time). So Erin’s rave review, plus the other folks, make me think I was onto an easy win.
I followed Erin’s advice about the organza underlining on the bodice, cutting the neck two sizes smaller, and adding pockets. All very sound advice. I added a bit of length to the bodice* and chopped it out of a piece of Japanese lawn I’d earmarked for a shirtdress.**
There was much faffing about with gathers. BORING. Then the bias tape neckline. YAWN. The result was utterly underwhelming.
Thing I do not like, the first: baggy, blousy, puffy bodice. Gathers are not my friend. I needs me some structure. What was I thinking? The worst is when you lean forward and it looks like you’re shoplifting pillows or something. Even when I stand straight as a board, I still look like a sturdy, multicoloured peasant wench.
Thing I do not like, the second: Even cutting the smaller size and then taking in the shoulder seams more than an inch, the neck was gapey and the bodice was too long. I think the extra room made to accomodate shoulder pads is phenomenal. Rather than redo the midriff (topstitched! Who wants to unpick and resew that nightmare?!) I took a bit off the bottom. Thusly, I have me a stumpy midriff. Le boo.
Enough blather. See for yourself. I’ll wear it, but probably only with a cardie over the top. And I would never make it, or its ilk, again. Take that, internets. You must have some kind of sewing alchemy that means this frock suits you, but me? I spurn the Vogue 8278. Hissssss.
*first mistake. See: Thing I do not like, the second.
**second mistake. Stick to plan A, always.