Friday, April 14, 2006

A colourful frock for jules

This is Vogue 7820 which is a 3/4 sleeve 3/4 length dress for woven fabrics, claims to be "very easy". I made View B which has an uneven hem.

My pattern was size 12-14-16. I didn't measure the pattern before cutting, but went by the measurements and cut a petite length, size 14 at the top tapering to 12 at the waist and then size 12 below that. Ended up taking in 1.25 inches in the back seam towards the end of the work.

Even though this is labelled as Very Easy Vogue, it is actually much more complex than any of the Kwik Sew patterns I have tried. I didn't think that it was particularly more easy than the Trench Coat I made, which was also a Vogue pattern. Anyway, it seems to me that real difficulties with a pattern are often caused by use of a difficult fabric - and that's where the real skill is - in knowing how to handle the different fabrics. Sadly that is also a skill I don't have much of.

This is my first woven dress and I sewed it fairly quickly because I just wanted to see how it would turn out. The instructions were all clear and followed logically, and involved a few things that I hadn't tried before. There were lots of gathers round the waistband and also several bits had to be eased to fit. Then there was the small double hem on the bottom, which was a new technique for me.

My impression is that Vogue patterns are much more a work of art than the Kwik Sew ones, which tend to be quite shapeless - although it could just be that I have chosen the shapeless designs - ie sporty sweaters for James.

I used a cotton print from a shop in Tokyo. I thought it was nice! I liked the random diagonal pattern whcih I thought would give the frock more interest.

I am starting to think that "fitted" RTW clothes are too tight across the back for me. The clothes I have sewn for myself look like they fit, but are still comfortable and don't restrict movement! An alternative conclusion would be that Vogue patterns are drafted more cleverly than RTW. I have the same freedom of movement experience with the Vogue Trench Coat.

My Aunty Gloria (who lives in the fashionable South of England) said she thought this frock was "very fashionable". Wow! Some people think it is "Japanese" looking. Well OK, the fabric is Japanese, but the pattern sure isn't. Timmie Lenton, the famous winner of the Very Clever Not So Old Persons' prize at the EGU this year told me I looked "very bright" and accused me of trying to distract him with the glare from it when I wore it to his Medal Lecture. I don't know ... it seems that if you like bright colours and then go and make your own clothes out of fabric you like then people (who, let's face it, mostly like to blend in by wearing fawn, grey and olive) are going to make comments!



James Annan said...

You don't look too bad even crumpled and unironed after a long-haul flight :-)

jules said...

just added new uncrumpled pics, so now you need to make a new comment!


James Annan said...

oooh very smooth!