Sunday, December 09, 2007

Vogue 2980 - the trilogy

Edited on 12/12/07: "Anonymous" asked I turned the top into a dress. Here is a very amateurish explanation:
I placed pattern tracing paper on my cutting table and taped the top pattern piece to it. I measured how far down my hips were from my waist and marked that as the vertical measurement. Then I measured my hips and added an inch or two for ease and that was the hip width. Obviously, I also added seam allowance.

After I identified and marked the seam edge at the hip, I just extrapolated the seam line down with a slight A-line increase until it hit just above the knee (allowing a 2" hem). I cut out the paper pattern and held it up to both me and my dress form to see if it seemed right. Then i cut the fabric out just a wee bit bigger, just in case. I didn't need the extra and cut it off when I did my final serged seam.

One last note on this pattern... I have made this pattern three times and it was STILL important that I baste, then fit, then correct, then serge. Each fabric fit different and ripping serged seams out would have been a bear!





Yup. I made another V2980. This time I turned it into a dress. I found the first two I made in the size small just a wee bit snug:

so I bought a new pattern and sized up to the medium. Now, the top feels a little bigger than I like but this red knit fabric is a lot stretchier than the other two. It is a "Bamboo Organic" (whatever that is!) that I bought at Hancock's on the clearance table and it screamed "Christmas Party" to me.

The party was quite fun. We ended up with about 50 people and everyone seemed to have a good time. We purchased food from a caterer this year and it was fabulous. And made our job SO much easier. Dessert was the chocolate fountain, which is always a hit. I discovered that the parts CAN go in the dishwasher - much easier for cleaning! I didn't get to bed until 2:00 but it sure was fun.

And finally, I did wear the apron while we finished getting the food ready. It was a hit (even though it clashed with my dress. Hee hee.) My daughter was able to capture Tini in the picture.


14 comments:

gaylen said...

Bonnie - that turned out great as a dress! I think it's funny that the apron is longer! You look great for our age :) Happy Holidays! g

cidell said...

So, your waist is what, 17 inches around? You look so hot it's troubling.

Lori said...

You look fantastic in your new dress.

~Tonia~ said...

The dress turned out great and you were rockin' it. :) Sounds like a fun party. Glad that everything went well.

.x.Helen.x. said...

Cute dress! and Tini is a sweetheart!

stacysews said...

It's gorgeous!

Sharon said...

Whoa, do you ever look hot! You looks great in that dress. I also picked up some of the bamboo organic knit at Hancocks in the clearance section...sure which they had more of it as it was great to sew.

Linda said...

Great looking dress! Very Christmasy!

Linda said...

Great dress. After seeing all your beautiful renditions of this pattern, I am going to get it as a present to myself. I can only hope I get the same fantastic results.

Debbie said...

Love the party dress. Looks to be a perfect fit. Love it accessorized . . . but really, did you carry your purse around your own house, LOL!

Apron is such a nice touch.

Oh, and you already have your tree up!!!

Janice said...

The dress is great! And I love the apron! Sounds like the party was a huge success (and a lot of fun!!)

Cherie said...

Love, love your dress! Party sounds terrific also!

Anonymous said...

Great Dress!! Specifically how did you lengthen this into a dress?

mermaids said...

great dress. i have made this pattern and not totally in love with it. mine came out too big. :( but i did a hack of another pattern to get a similar effect

http://mermaids.wordpress.com/2008/01/02/ottobre-shrugged/

teri