Viscose jersey in a crazy red leopard print, matched to Vogue 1552, a Sandra Betzina design. I’m really falling for these drapey voluminous dresses lately, and I’d indulged in the pattern a few weeks ago…then MyFabrics sent me a voucher, so I splurged on 2.5m of this mad print. The voucher basically offset the postage costs and a bit more, so the whole thing comes in at just £24. I’m happy with that!
It’s a very easy pattern, I made it even easier by omitting the pointless back seam [no shaping, so why bother?] Front, back, sleeves, collar. Done. I sewed it up in an hour. The pattern image looks to be just below knee length, but I’ve kept it as per the pattern, no shortening [I usually have to lop off a couple of inches, but hey, why bother?] I was going to go with the contrast collar and sleeves…but why skimp on the insanity of red leopard?
I think the collar is way smaller than it looks in the line drawing, but I’m fine with that. I like the fit through the upper body, It feels quite sleek despite the volume of fabric.
That’s it, not much to say, other than I really can’t work out how to drape these side bits- the points are just like the ones on that Style Arc Toni that gave me so much grief. Do I poke them in, pull them out, faff with them to make the drape look like it does on the pattern? No clue. Time will tell.
**edit: I wore it to work today, and decided to just let the sides dangle. they dangled well, and I felt like a very glamorous barmaid/balloon!