This is one of those dresses that is exactly me. It has all the characteristics that I am drawn to in a garment. A navy and white palette…in pretty lace that is not only lace but a striped lace….it’s a fit and flare style…it’s sleeveless and in a lady like length….all my favorite things in one dress!
The pattern is V1425. Which is now out of print….I don’t know why I always wait so long to make a pattern. Anyway…if you have this one in your stash, well…it’s a good one. Here is the description from the website…
Lined dress is sleeveless and has close-fitting, interfaced bodice, underlined, pleated skirt with horsehair on hemline, overbodice, overskirt, and invisible back zipper. Overbodice and overskirt: Cut on crosswise grain.
I followed the pattern as written…except…you know there is going to be an exception… I didn’t interface the bodice. I used a cotton sateen that I lined with Bemberg and I didn’t feel as though it required the extra layer.
The striped lace gave me a bit of trouble…and its placement is not near perfect. When I wear this dress, I usually wear a navy belt so it isn’t so noticeable but it still bugs me. I am however, very pleased with the pattern matching along the invisible zipper….I’ll take that as a win.
The hem has horsehair in it and I always love the body it gives to a skirt or dress.
Now that summer has come to an end I’ve gone back to review what I’ve made and worn… and as I look back, I can really see my style aesthetic as a whole. I tend to gravitate towards a fresh palette…some color with white added to the outfit seems to be my go-to for summer. I also love feminine details like ruffles and lace. And then there is my undying devotion to stripes….
I’ve added a gallery of some…but not all of my summer makes. (You can click on the picture to see the original post.)
I’ve moved on to fall sewing albeit…slowly. This season has brought more that just a change in wardrobe….if you follow me on Instagram, you may already know about my big news….I’ve quit my job and I’ve gone back to school! I’m going to HDC…Hair Design Center in Halifax and I love it! It’s something that I have secretly wanted to do for quite some time and now was the time to go for it.
My sewing time has deceased dramatically but I am still getting some in….sewing will always be my first love so I’ll never stop. Just pause for a bit.
I say that out loud so that I will take the pressure off of myself and then when I get the time to sew, I will see it as a bonus and enjoy it all the more! Which seems to be working because I have managed to make quite a few things since starting school. Mostly black garments for school but hey, it’s still sewing!!
If you are interested…I have started another Instagram for my journey at school. You can follow me @hairdesignbymargo