There is a reason that this pattern has 77 reviews* on Pattern Review. And is a best pattern of 2011.
It might be that it is universally flattering to all body types.
Or that it is also easy to make.
Why did it take me so long?
Pattern: Vogue 1250
Size: 6-20, I made a 14.
I think it’s a bit too small and I will probably increase through the thighs/tummy for the next version. You can see what I mean in this side view:
He who Cooks has been consistently complimentary about this dress, despite its lack of pot-belly-camouflage properties, so I’ve been brave enough to wear it in public.
Fabric: a mystery thin synthetic knit from the remnant bin at Lincraft. I love these colours and couldn’t resist!
Changes I made: I added 1-2 cm to the length. I did this by adding 5 cm to the length when I cut the pieces out and then took 3-4 cm off once it was finished. Not the best way to do it!
Hmm the hem looks a bit uneven in this side view, perhaps I was not as accurate as I thought.
Construction: Pretty much exactly as a Vogue said. This is a very quick dress to put together.
I added clear elastic to the shoulder seams for stability.
I don’t like their method for the back neck (using a strip of fabric) and think turning the neck allowance to the inside and double stitching would probably be better. I double stitched the hem and the sleeve edges/hems.
* As of 4 March, noon in Adelaide, sure to increase soon !