In case you haven’t noticed, I’m obsessed with Vogue 1152. Love, love, love this pattern… It's the second time I make it (see first make and muslin) and I would totally pull an OWOP on this. Unfortunately, I only have 10% of my clothes with me here in Spain, so my other makes are in Canada (a shame, I know).
- I shortened and straightened the sleeves
- I raised the neckline by 1-2 inch. (The neckline is still too low to wear without a tank top underneath, but this is the most I could raise it without interfering with the design.)
- I omitted the side zipper – if you are full busted or if you have broader shoulders I would definitely not recommend this. But since I am none of these things, I can get into the dress without it.
- I skipped the interfacing because, to borrow the words of Karen: “The fabric is capable of standing up, walking out of the door and picking a fight.”
The fabric is printed cotton twill that I acquired on sale for only 3$ a yard at Fabricland in Val-d’Or, Québec (they have the best sales there… very dangerous…). The result is not bad, and I think I like it better than silk, but it may be just a tad too heavy. The pattern looks best with light to medium weight fabrics.
In terms of finishing, I don’t often sit around and think, “Oh I wish I had a surger!” but I admit that this time I did. I’m usually really happy with my French seams and my good ol’ zigzag function. In this case the design of the dress prevented me from French-seaming, and the fabric was a bit too thick to “roll” within the zigzag stitch. So I’m left with this hairy, homemade-looking inside...