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I am a mother, a new grandmother, and a teacher. But whatever happens in my life, I keep sewing. I have worked as a political communicator and now as a teacher in my formal life. I have also written extensively on sewing. I have been a frequent contributor and contributing editor of Threads magazine and the Australian magazine Dressmaking with Stitches. My first book Sew.. the garment-making book of knowledge will be published in May 2018 and is available for pre-order from Amazon


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Thursday, July 7, 2011

Here is my finished version of Vogue 1236. 

Full view, over exposed in the wind

Headless view with dog and motorcycle. My photographer felt getting the bike in was more interesting than my face
I am happy with it and found it an interesting and easy sew. Of course because it is a narrow skirt it is cut short for function, as there is no walking slit, as well as for fashion. And because this is a pull over dress the neckline is open but then cut fairly fitted from the upper bust down so it doesn't look baggy.

I made a mistake because I made the assumption that the neck tucks would release enough fabric for my bust - in fact the extra in the tucks is focused around the neck only and this dress narrows pretty quickly again at the bust. I definitely needed a FBA, you can see by the stripes, and I let out the side seams at the underarms as much as I could, which helped comfort if not really adding where I needed it.

All in all though a fun around the house summer dress but I would make some real changes if I were ever going to make it again so I could wear it to work.

And I think it looks just fine without the belt.


Kathy said...

Nice dress Barbara and perfect for summer. I think I'll get it to make for our summer later this year.

Psycho Sue- Sew Misunderstood said...

agree! No belt! I can see it needs and FBA, too, however it looks fun on ya!

Patty said...

I think you should try again with the mods you mentioned since this one looks very cute on you!
I purchased this pattern last week, and would not have made an FBA either. Thanks for the heads up!

LinB said...

No belt makes this an entirely different -- and more interesting -- dress. Would you do deeper neckline pleats with the FBA? That is the most appealing detail on the dress. An exaggeration of the pleats might make you even happier with it.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

I think it looks great without a belt! And thanks for the tips about how closely fitted it is!

gwensews said...

It is great without the belt, and definitely more comfortable. Terrific dress for summer.

Mae said...

I've been admiring this dress, but I thought it wasn't for me because of the belt. It's gorgeous, fresh and summery and it looks fab without the belt- it's now on my 'must have' list.

Jane M said...

Oooh, I so agree that this dress looks wonderful without the belt. Thanks fo such a useful review for this pattern. I would never have considered it otherwise.