My first post is about this dress. It is a Very Easy Vogue pattern: Vogue V8784.
The dress was made for my mum who no longer finds it easy to buy clothes. She has arthritic shoulders and despite shopping for a new dress, none could be found to suit her. I decided to make her one which would be able to be fitted to her shape and also address the problem of needing to fasten at the front for ease.
I will post a photo of her wearing it in the fulness of time but it is for a special occasion so will wait until that takes place.
The pattern is a lovely shape. The fitted pleats/darts at the waist give it a beautifully fitting shape.
Mum chose to have the three-quarter length sleeves and collar with the full skirt.
The fabric is John Kaldor from John Lewis and is a linen and cotton mixture. The dress is fully lined (as per the pattern) except for the sleeves. I used the standard John Lewis lining and sewed using Gutermann thread.
What size did I make? I cut a size 16 but added extra to the waist as mum is short waisted and always needs extra added at that point for comfort.
Did I make any major pattern adjustments? Yes. I added an extra 7 cm at the top of the arm. I adjusted the pattern so that the sleeve-head and cuffs remained the same.
Where there any difficult stages in the making of the dress? No. It went together very well and I am pleased with the outcome – as is Mum!!!
Any thoughts for next time? Yes. The pattern can be made in a knit and I shall make it again for her in a knit for the winter.