The Couture Dress »
InstructionsVogue 8648 (commercial pattern used)
Type of item: Clothing
Style: Classic, Cute
Medium-weight woven cotton fashion fabric with a white cotton-silk blend lining.
What was your inspiration?
I like the bias pieces in this pattern, so wanted a fabric that would show them nicely, while also being something I can wear to the office. This woven cotton seemed perfect.
What are you most proud of?
Learning and using the tip about selvedge stays for the waistband pieces. It made a huge difference - night and day.
What advice would you give someone starting this project?
Watch the entire "Couture Dress" course before starting - it really helps clarify the process and gives you ideas for what you could do with your dress. I'll be updating my project as I go along.
Regarding my muslin: I'm another sewer who doesn't yet have a mannequin or anyone to help out, so that photo is mainly to mark progress. I ironed and fitted it more carefully (without a t-shirt underneath) after taking the photo. I have a long waist: my bodice has 2" added to it, with the waistband at its original proportions.
After sewing up the dress, I highly recommend having at least a mannequin, and ideally someone to help you. I was not able to get the fit I'd hoped for on my own. The front is OK, but the back has some puffiness that it probably wouldn't if I'd had someone to help fit that hard-to-reach area.