Easy Does Not Mean Fast
I ordered Vogue 1392 by Kay Unger after seeing Erica B’s version and have only been waiting for the day the right fabric would pair with the right opportunity. And enough sewing mojo and time. Quite a challenge to have all the conditions fulfilled but it happened when we received a wedding invitation for April, and then another one for May:
I really really like this dress, which kind of surprised me since I’m not used to wearing this fit (fitted bodice, full skirt).
The front bodice is fully interfaced and boned (with metal boning) under the bust and at the sides, which gives it some support. Not enough to go bra-less for bigger busts (e.g. me), but I believe smaller cup sizes could actually get away with it.
I made a FBA and apparently did not adjust the skirt enough so I had to let out the front side pleats as a result. It does show upon close comparison with the pattern envelope but I don’t intend to walk around with the pattern envelope on display for comparison purposes. If you have to make alterations, be aware that this pattern includes separate pieces for the bodice and front lining that are indeed different with regard to seam lines. So for my FBA, I had to adjust 4 pattern pieces.
I was expecting an elaborate construction for the petticoat but the petticoat is basically an underlining of the skirt with silk organza. Or wait. Can you call it underlining if they are treated as one at the waist line but not at the side seams? I don’t know. Anyway, I was pretty anxious to work with silk organza but it was much easier than I expected.
This is an easy sew. But not necessarily a fast one. What did not help is the fabric I chose, a Vlisco wax of the Bloom collection. If you look at my Pinterest Wax board, you will see that pattern placement is often key when sewing with wax (aka Ankara) fabric. I gave it a lot of thought, and I think it paid off. What do you think? The lining is a coton satin.
I love the pockets. They’re big enough for my cell phone, which is good because the clutch I was carrying with this dress wasn’t. Yes, I’m sacrificing practicality for looks. Call me vain.
For more inspiration with wax fabric and how to mix and match it, keep your eyes peeled on Stella Jean or check out My african closet. And if you’re not into wax but can appreciate some colourful inspiration, check CoreCouture, Petites bobines and A challenging sew.