I began working on this dress when I started watching the “Sew the Perfect Fit” class on Craftsy. I’d made a muslin and had started fitting it (thanks, Mom!) but hadn’t gotten much further than that when the SOSM was announced. Since the second round of the SOSM was a dress, I thought it would be the perfect opportunity to finish this one!
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The pattern is Vogue 8766, view A. I’d thought about adding straps, but when I found this lightweight dark denim (almost sounds like an oxymoron, doesn’t it? haha), I decided that I’d keep it strapless. According to my measurements, I was “exactly” size X (you didn’t think I’d actually tell you my size, did you? ;-)). However, when I cut out and sewed the muslin for size X, it was at least an inch too big at each of the main measurement marks. I had to take it in at the hips, waist, and bodice. It kind of makes you wonder what those size measurements actually mean!! Special thanks go to my mom for helping me adjust the muslin, from which I made an adjusted pattern, and to Husband, who pinned me into my actual dress several times throughout the sewing process to that I could check and adjust the fit even more. I also have to give even more gratitude to Husband, who understood my desire to keep up with the SOSM timing and watched our kids so that I could work on this dress: we were out of town for the first 7 days of this round, and so I made this dress from Friday to Sunday. In fact, I finished the dress literally minutes before we left for church!
The dress is fully lined, with boning at the side seams of the bodice. In fact, the bodice has an “underlining,” which I’d never encountered before. And I will probably think hard about using one again, at least made from the same lining fabric (as per the pattern instructions). I felt like it made the pieces more difficult to work with, and therefore less precisely constructed. I decided to use zebra-print lining– I did a project about zebras in fifth grade, and I’ve never lived it down! 😉 It’s really fun to have that little “secret” flair to the dress, even if no one ever sees it!