Wednesday, 24 September 2014

Vogue 1362 - Part Four (Finished)

Note to self: complicated sewing projects and the beginning of the academic year do not make for smooth sailing!
I did manage to get Vogue 1362 finished in time - hemming done with two days to spare, I even did French tacks for the first time ever
I'm really pleased with the dress, I think it looks very much like the pattern envelope.

The neck line is amazing! My circles didn't match up but it wasn't a problem to sew.
The back looks like it is stretching slightly but its not, its just the zip isn't in perfectly.  The fit ended up being really good.  I loved the sleeves, the armholes are smaller and the sleeves are quite fitted which felt odd to start with but I think made it look more polished

That said I did have a problem with the sleeve lining in that it wasn't anywhere long enough to fit over the armhole seam to catch on to the facing.  I could only stitch it down on the outer half, its loose under the arm.  You can't tell from the outside but if I was doing it again I would cut the lining pieces the same as for the dress and trim the excess away later to give myself more to play with.
I think the side pleats would have worked better if the fabric was a bit more drapey but when you are moving about I don't think this mattered too much.

It was a lovely, if slightly damp, day.
And I was going to take loads more photos - close ups, the insides etc.  But we accidentally left our wedding outfits in the in-law's spare room wardrobe.  Oops!
I might get the dress back at October half term, or Christmas...

Sunday, 7 September 2014

Vogue 1362 - Part Three (half done)

Progress has slowed on my project because of a few tricky steps and going back to work but I was pleasantly surprised to find when I counted up that I've done just over half the steps on the instruction sheet.
Problem number one was that because my grading was not as accurate as it could be the stay pieces didn't fit together exactly.  I had a bit of a problem getting it to lie smoothly.

But I ironed it into submission and nobody will actually see this bit as it is to be sandwiched between the outside and lining layers

Problem number two is a bit more complicated to explain and I'm still not sure if its my fault or a problem with the order of construction.  Everything was going together as stated in the instructions and looking like the little diagrams until steps 17 and 18.  I just can't see how the raw edge from the front fits into the stay.  It is impossible! I undid it, redid it, undid it.  It just doesn't make sense to me. In the end I had to clip the front so I could sandwich most of the seam and as you can just see in the picture below I've turned in the rest of the seam and tacked it down for the moment.  I now just need to sew it down by hand from the back.

Problem number three.  The stay and the dress are meant to be the same length and step 19 tells you to sew them together by hand 2" above the lower edge.  My stay is exactly 2" shorter than my front! I really don't think I could have done this by accident - I'm blaming Vogue.  I've finished off the lower edge of the stay and will just wait to see what happens with this as construction continues.
So I'm not very impressed with the construction just now, however...
Good news! I managed to find to track down a matching zip - described as magenta.  This went in very slowly but not too badly.

Having tried it on for the first time the fit seems good, my generous seams have worked.
Most of the remaining construction steps look straightforward. Ish...
Only one more sewing weekend left, best get on with it.