This is the Miss Bossy Patterns month at The Monthly Stitch – a place where sewers are given a monthly challenge or goal to sew something around a common theme. For March, we posted 3 patterns and had readers vote, or boss us around, as to which pattern we would sew.
This was one of the patterns I asked people to vote on. It was not the winner. However, I needed to do something rather easy as my mind has been overwhelmed with the details of my Mother staying with us (indefinitely).
I hope I get forgiven for doing extra credit before doing my required homework!
This is the Sandra Betzina for Vogue pattern 1297. The fabric is a ponte knit from Fabric Mart that I purchased for $4.99 during their ponte sale recently. This is 4 yards – so a $20 dress that looks like it cost so much more!
I made view B (above). The other option in the pattern has a lot of gathering on those side pieces that I thought would not be flattering.
You can see the vertical seam lines if you look carefully.
As it is, I originally sewed in the pockets on this dress. Pockets are really nifty. However, they added way too much bulk and so they got serged right out! The dress hangs much better now.
I had a lady come up to me in church today and ask about the dress. She was amazed by it. That was pretty neat!
Probably the only change I’ll make next time is to lengthen the bodice an inch or two above the flares.
Ponte is a great option for this pattern. It calls for a knit, and I have contemplated using a linen or perhaps a stripe of some kind. That will mean needing to add a side zipper because this is slightly fitted through the bust and I don’t think a non-stretchy fabric would go over ones head.
It was fun to wear : )
Happy Creating everyone!