A little background on this dress and fabric... I've had this fabric for a few years now. I bought it from Gorgeous Fabrics, and until recently had no idea what to do with it. It's a huge abstract floral print, and I bought it during a period when I told myself that I needed to expand my wardrobe beyond black, black, black, and jeans. It also bled in the wash, so I wasn't dying to use it but still liked the challenge that it posed and the possibility of wearing it. Then one night a few weeks ago I came across a lovely DVF dress, which I posted about here.
I looked through all my Burda magazines, no dice. Then I looked on the Vogue website, and found this DKNY pattern (Vogue 1221) that looks like a close enough approximation of my inspiration dress.
|Vogue 1221, taken from Voguepatterns.com|
Here I am, wondering if it is really a sack. Because I don't have a full length mirror (no space!) I had to take a photo. Note, I did not crop out my frown.
|Here I prove I can't dress myself. Look at those arm facings sticking out.|
|Here I stand on my toes because it makes the dress a little more flattering, despite being enormous.|
|Her dress does not gape in the front or sag on her hips. The drape is right below her bust. Mine is somewhere around my waist. And I can pinch out 2 inches in the front of the dress.|
|taken in 1" on both sides, and still gaping in the front and back.|
|Something is just not right about the hips, and the neckline has a giant gap.|
|The bodice is way too long. Again, weirdness in the hip area.|
I think I don't need to go down just one size but TWO. That is ridiculous. Because I don't have a 23 inch waist, no matter how much I wish it to be so. Does anyone else have this kind of sizing issue with Vogue? It's annoying, because I really think that pattern companies should stick to real measurements rather than trying to cater to vanity sizing. Back in the day, I could count on being able to sew a straight size 10 without a muslin. I guess not anymore.
*I promise to share soon!