July has been a month full of travel for my family. We've been to the beach twice, and my husband and I have both traveled for work. I very rarely travel for my job, but of course, if I'm going to do it, I may as well do it in the same week as my husband. My poor children spent almost two weeks away from home, but they had a blast at Grandmama Camp and on a family beach vacation. However, I think we're all about ready to resume a semi-normal schedule.
All this running around means that I've been away from my sewing machine for quite a while (*sob!), but I managed to finish up a dress before I left for my travels. Here is Vogue 1395, also seen around the web here, here, and here.
This is a fantastic summer dress. I wore it during one of my presentations at the HSTW conference in Nashville, on a date night in Myrtle Beach, and to church this morning. Basically, it can go anywhere.
I found this lovely rayon crepe de chine at Wanderlust fabrics, and I can't recommend the fabric and the shop enough. I've been on a rayon buying kick lately anyway. It's just so comfortable in the heat and humidity. It can be a little shifty though--I cursed a few times when I was trying to get the binding on the armholes. I love wearing it though.
The design of this dress is fun to sew. My mom always said that she would never sew a Vogue pattern--I guess Vogue used to be pretty stingy with the directions or something--but I found the directions easy to follow. After checking out the amount of ease in this dress, I decided to size down and cut a 10. I took up the shoulders 3/8" and used French seams instead of the double stitching recommended by the pattern. All in all, this dress was fairly easy to construct. I love how the back overlay wraps around to tie at the front waist. It's a cool design feature, but it also means that this dress is really comfortable and practical.
The back overlay does seem to pull down a bit. I actually went back and tightened the elastic at the waist to keep things where they are supposed to be, and that helped a bit. I have caught my reflection a few times and thought that I spotted a dip in the hem, but I think it's due to the movement. It hasn't bothered me enough to try to fix it, and it looks straight in the pictures. I do wish I had considered pattern placement across the center back seam when I cut the back bodice, but oh well.
There's an interesting gathered detail near the top of the back bodice. I felt sure I would botch it, but I followed the directions, and it turned out fine. I also really like the way the skirt lining hides the elastic casing at the waist. The casing is basically sandwiched between the dress and the lining--this would work really well for the Sewaholic Saltspring if you wanted to add a skirt lining.
This was my first time working with a Vogue pattern, and I'm quite pleased with the result, especially since I caught a $3.99 sale on it. I'm not sure I need ten of these dresses in my closet, but I could see this dress looking wonderful in a solid color in a fancier fabric like silk.