I haven't been around the blog nearly as much as I thought I might be this summer. It's not for lack of sewing, but honestly, my summer sewing has been a bit repetitive and maybe even...boring. I don't think anyone is going to be riveted by my fourth Wiksten tank or by Colin's third pair of Sketchbook shorts.
I've made a few repeat dresses too, which may make their way to the blog at some point. I should also admit that I find taking showers and brushing my hair a little too strenuous for June and July, so taking pictures of these dresses had to wait. However, my sweet high school babies are headed back to me on Tuesday, so I figured it was time to start practicing looking like an adult.
I bought Vogue 9077 last spring thinking that it would be a good summer project, one that I could take my time on and enjoy. There are a lot of interesting details in the line drawings:
Surprisingly, I have not found any other versions of this dress on the internet yet, so here is mine in a lovely linen/cotton blend.
I decided to put my darts on the inside instead of on the outside like the line drawing, mainly because I wasn't sure I could make my darts neat enough for them to be on display like that. I also added a skirt lining to try to keep some of the wrinkling at bay. Otherwise, I followed the pattern directions. I cut a size 12, which is roughly where my measurements put me, but after looking at the finished measurement on the pattern, I decided to grade out to a 14 at the waist. I probably don't need the extra room at the waist, but I'm happy with the amount of ease--this will be a comfortable dress to wear to work. I also shortened the bodice by an inch, a standard alteration for my short torso.
I think the diagonal detail at the bodice looks pretty awesome, and it keeps this dress from looking boring. I'm super proud of my button placket! I've done a placket like this before in an Oliver and S pattern, so I don't know why it felt scarier in an adult pattern. I'm a tiny bit annoyed by the collar--I wish I had trimmed the undercollar to accommodate turn-of-cloth, but otherwise, it turned out okay. And, in case you're wondering what this looks like without the belt, here it is.
It's hard to decide, belt or no belt. I like it from the front with the belt, but from the back without.
When I first finished this dress, I put it on and strutted down the hall to show my husband, so proud of myself. His first comment was, "you look like a flight attendant." He later amended his statement...but now I can't get that image out of my head. I think this is kind of a futuristic flight attendant dress, but I don't care. Still love it.