Last night I thought I’d put together Vogue 1250 – yet another Donna Karan dress. It’s got rave reviews on Pattern Review – and I really like all the different versions – but this just did NOT work for me. Maybe I’m a little body conscious, but IMHO, I think it’s not a great fit.
After making up Vogue 1179 (you can see a pic here) in a solid colour and realizing how a solid colour shows everything you don’t want to be seen, I thought “I’ll not make something in a solid knit again!”. So I ordered this lovely tie-dyed rayon jersey from EOS last year and thought I’d do another version of Donna Karan’s sleeveless wrap dress. Duh. I should have done that instead of putting this one together.
First, the tie-dye is just slightly off the straight grain, so it just doesn’t work with the lines of this dress. Secondly, the pattern description says “close-fitting”. Uh huh. Close-fitting, my eye. I cut my usual sizing, and it hangs like a sack. Not pretty. And the cowl is very low for some reason. The pattern went together simply enough. I think it took all of 2 hours to stitch it up this far (it’s only missing a finished hem), which is really nice. I like a dress that goes together quickly. But this dress is not for me! Even if I take it in about 3 sizes so it’s form fitting, I just don’t think it’s very flattering on a shape like mine.
Nope. I think I’ll just re-cut this into a top because this is just not a pretty sight. And it would be worse in a solid knit without the help of substantial undergarments… and who wants to wear those on a hot summer’s day under a dress that’s supposed to be cool AND flattering?!?!
So there you have it….. At least the dress front and skirt back is all cut as one piece. I should be able to squeak a top out of this yet.
Sigh… sometimes it’s discouraging making up something you can see in your mind’s eye only to have wished you could have tried it on before wasting your time! At least this was an “easy peasy” dress pattern to sew.
Oh well…. Onward and upward!