I had Vogue 1250 put aside for months…I thought I was the only one in the world that had not made this dress until I was reading Catherine Daze’s blog a few days ago and she thought SHE was the only person in the world that had not made this dress! So , together, we are the two people who are making Vogue 1250 this week….I left her a comment that we could very well start a new wave of Vogue 1250’s! Then I saw that Cennetta was also on the Vogue 1250 train, too! And she made a fabulous version.
Well, after some creative layout, which included cutting the bodice of the dress in two pieces instead of on the fold (creating a seam in the back bodice), I was able to squeeze this dress out of a yard and 5/8ths. And that even includes placing the pattern so I didn’t get two medallions where I didn’t need them! Good fortune was with me…there was just enough room…leaving enough for a back neck facing band. Barely!
I cut an 18. Since it has such an interesting construction, I just wasn’t sure what would happen and didn’t feel like fussing around with FBA, a muslin, etc. I was hot and cranky and determined I would make this work. I really could have cut a 16 and drafted down to a 14 for the bottom of the dress. So, I took in the back (at my aforementioned back seam), took in the side seams, and took in the back skirt seam. I also shorted the back bodice by about an inch. And you know what? It worked!
Oh! I also forgot to do the darts at the shoulders…but that worked out fine, too. Gave me a little more drape at the neckline. And that’s okay with me.
And this is how I wore it to work today:
(can you tell I'm having camera issues?)