Well I made it up over the weekend and submitted a review of the pattern to Pattern Review. I'm still getting the hang of that site. The other day I realised (lightbulb going off!) that the C beside your review meant there were Comments!! Also finally worked out how to link to my photos to get a bigger photo displayed, a lot of my comments were complaining, and rightly, that only the thumbnail photo wasn't enough...! I think I might sign up for a bit longer; at first I just signed up for the free month trial and am debating whether or not to continue with a paid membership...
Anyhoo, here is my review of Vogue 1087. I know this dress seems a bit out of context for Australia, it being winter and all, and I still have some winter sewing to complete before I can get onto spring wardrobe planning. But I just went ahead on a whim...
Dress, Vogue 1087, cotton jersey knit
Shoes; Sandler, from the Salvos op shop
Fitted dress, below mid-knee, has pleated and tucked front forming wrap effect. Front extends to back at sides, back has zipper and hemline vent. No side seams.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Steps 12-14 were a little tricky to work out. I'm not sure how it happened, but I had the wrong front lapping over after this stage, so I had to go back and unpick and fix this up.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I didn't like that it would be very difficult to adjust to custom sizing.
thin stretch jersey knit
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
According to the pattern, the darts on the back of the skirt are supposed to be facing out (sewn wrong sides together). I don't think so. Mine are on the inside of the skirt, where they should be. And I inserted thin strips of bias-cut woven cotton under the zip tape to stabilise it.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I would sew this again. It's a beautiful dress.
One thing I can't understand about this pattern, and didn't even before I started, is WHY DO YOU NEED A ZIP IN A STRETCH FABRIC DRESS? However I went ahead and inserted an invisible zipper as instructed. And now the dress is finished I can still slip this thing over my head no worries, with no need for a zip. Next time, I'm leaving the zip out...!
As I had chosen a striped fabric the biggest difficulty I had in making this dress up was matching the stripes up in inserting the zip, in stretch fabric no less. And when you factor in the joining of four pieces (L & R bodice and L & R skirt) all on your zip, matching the stripes becomes even more tricky. The instructions did say not suitable for striped fabric, so perhaps it's my fault. But I really like the final look of the dress in stripes! And I got them matching perfectly, so it worked out.
Step 23, the pattern instructions say to finish the neck edge, you will also have to finish the armhole edge here, although it doesn't say so...
Next time I make this, I will also either interface the back neck facing, or cut the pieces from a woven non-stretch fabric. This would give a better finished look.