I know, I know…I just had my first day of school. But that was my own teaching quarter. As it turns out, I’m also taking a class, and my first day of Patternmaking at a local community college began this past Tuesday! Of course I had to make something to wear!
Twice a week, I teach my own lab and then drive to another school for Patternmaking class, so my new outfit still had to be professional. For my sewing time, a single-garment outfit (aka, dress) is the way to go and I chose Vogue 8902 for its interesting design details. This pattern has multiple bodices for various cup sizes, so I went with cup size A and planned to cut a straight size 10. I completely spaced and cut the pattern size 8. Yikes! In the end, it was just fine, and I even took the sides in a bit.
The design of the dress is interesting–several panels make up the front and back bodice, and they are cut on different grainlines. The pattern envelope even shows variations with striped fabric. The result is a nicely fitted dress with some stretchiness, since the bodices and side pieces are on the bias. Unfortunately, the result is also that the invisible zipper bows out a bit (at least for me, and I redid the zipper 3 times!). Next time, I might underline the back bodice, with the underlining cut on the straight-grain, to stabilize the zipper a bit.
I finished this in January, so this is garment #2 for that month. I’m ahead of the game with my “resewlution”! And for those eagle-eyes out there, I got my hair cut by the time I took the last photo 🙂