For my birthday, my awesome brother signed me up to get Vogue Patterns magazine. It's mostly just a giant ad for Vogue patterns (hence the name), but it's working; despite previously eschewing store-bought patterns, I walked into the fabric store "just wanting to look" at the instructions for a couple of dresses featured in the magazine and walked out with ten (TEN!) patterns. I might have bought more, but 10 was the maximum number allowable at Joann's for Vogue patterns at the bargain-basement price of $3.99 (sale ended yesterday, apparently).
Knowing I was going to construct the garment with my serger, and I don't use the cutter (too scary!), I sized down two sizes to take seam allowance into consideration (size 6 in bust, grading up to 10 in waist), but I still had to take in the side seams about 3/4 inch on each side, as well as adjust the waist upward, despite shortening the bodice at the designated location. I omitted the zipper, cutting the back bodice and skirt pieces on the fold where the pattern designated "center back". I only tacked down the pleats at the top edge of the neckline (with my conventional machine)--the instructions were completely hazy on this point. The pleats are a little wonky, but the print is crazy enough to hide the flaws!
|Photo-bombed by my 7 year old!