Wednesday, August 17, 2016

V2903-- Vlisco Sundress #2!

Inspired by the fabulous Vlisco exhibit I recently attended, I, of course, had to go order some fabric from Vlisco.  This is the second of the two sundresses I made. 

This is the only successful photo I took, unfortunately.  I had a marathon run of cutting my head out of the frame.  Holy messballs.

I used six yards of Java fabric.  When the fabric arrived, it had a rather plasticky coating, which thankfully came off when I ran it through the washing machine.  Vlisco seems to have sold out of the exact fabric I ordered, but has the same print in different colorways.  It was unproblematic to work with, and sewed up just like any other batik.

The pattern I used was Vogue 2903, a 1950's evening dress.  It eats fabric (six yards!), but I absolutely love the lines of this dress.
A few construction details.  The first time I made this dress, something over five years ago, it fit me perfectly out of the envelope.  Now that I've put on a substantial amount of muscle through my shoulders and ribcage, I had to add 1/4" through the center front below my bust, center back, and sides.  I didn't make the yoke.  After those alterations, I couldn't make it fit, and plus, I liked the neckline of the dress the way it is.  I didn't line the dress, but I finished the non-bias edges with hem tape to prevent them from fraying.  Next time, I'd underline the bodice with silk organza, because there's some slight tearing around stress points at the armholes.

Anyway, it is an awesome dress, and so fun to wear.  I could totally see myself making this pattern again, either as an evening dress, or in a more subdued solid color as a day dress.

Happy sewing!