My local dressmaking shop was having a vogue pattern sale. My eye alighted once more on this pattern which I had seen made a number of times before on pattern review. I snapped it up. I later learn it has been nicknamed the walkaway dress because of how quick it is to make.
Fast forward a few weeks to the current day. My housemate, initially enthusiastic about making this for herself for a fifties day is getting cold feet. Convinced it will take too much work to get done in time. I thought as she has a few weeks I might encourage her to reconsider if I made it myself.
Much to my annoyance I made a mistake when cutting out the first pattern piece. The MASSIVE skirt. I normally ignore the suggested layout and figure out the most economical way of doing it myself. I usually pin everything out, but the skirt was so big I didnt bother this time to add the other pieces. I quickly realised I should have. Long story short, the back is not cut on the fold. It’s been joined together with a neat seam.
I took some advice from another sewer online who said you should reduce the curve for the back where it fastens together at the front, so its sits more snugly under your bust. Several people said in their reviews this should fit closely in order to get the dress to hang properly, otherwise it has a tendency to slide backwards. So I made the back a flat 14 instead of my usual 16, and the front a 14 and a quarter. Seeing as the 14 should still have given me an inch of ease I thought this should be fine.
The results. An inch ease? hah! it is very close fitting indeed. I shall be making loops for the front button holes and shudder at the thought of using the suggested snaps. I would have a wardrobe malfunction the moment I sit down.
The shoulders seem a bit roomy. I might go down a size here. Here’s a photo of me holding it all together. The all important question though is, have I convinced my housemate to make it??