The “Monty” Dress
Where to begin? You see this story has several middles, no real beginning, and is at the moment without an ending. I guess I should begin by reminding everyone that my big sewing goal for 2012 is to buy 0 new patterns. Ya’ll are not making that one easy by the way. Since every week I want to make exact replicas of your creations. That did make picking a pattern for this weeks challenge relatively easy though since I had a grand total of 2 1940s reprints. I decided to use Vogue 8728.
Now this decision brings be directly to the middle of another related issue. That being patterns that don’t have all the sizes in one envelope and don’t overlap the size brackets. This is a problem for me a lot because my waist usually prefers a 16 but my chest is really a 14 in most patterns. If I simply must have a pattern that breaks between a 14 and a 16 as many do I try to read the reviews before hand to see if it tends to run big or small. Unfortunately, when I bought this one I hadn’t done that or either I was scared it would be to small because I bought the larger bracket. I was hoping that making it out of a woven fabric would help but when I made my muslin the shoulders were way too big (a real feet on me I might add as I cut the shoulder pads out of everything for the duration of the 80s and early 90s), the neck line gaped as did the back, the bust area did not contain my bust and the waist mostly fit. I made some adjustments and made another muslin but the combination of taking up the shoulders and lowering the gathered area made me look a bit like I was wearing a funny turtle neck. So I made a few more adjustments and decided to go for it with some fashion fabric that I bought because it was pretty but really could never figure out what to do with. Not such a great idea mind you. I ended up having to take up the shoulders and take in the back with sort of a vertical dart after binding the neckline. I could not take it out and adjust because the fabric frayed so badly that I feared it would just fall apart if I got anywhere near it with a stitch ripper. Perhaps even if a stitch ripper looked at it or if I said the words “stitch ripper” in its presence. So why the “Monty”dress? Because after all that I really didn’t even like the dress and while I was sulking I watched a few episodes of “Say Yes to the Dress Atlanta”. There is a man on that show named Monty who is in charge of “jacking up” the dress when a girl thinks she has found the one but either she or her mama isn’t sure. In this particular episode he says something to the effect of never underestimate the power of jacking up a dress and I though, “OK perhaps I should not judge this dress based on what it looked like when I put it on barefoot in my sewing room and stared critically into a full length mirror that’s nailed to a closet door.” So I decided to wear it out for my belated Mother’s day dinner. I put one make-up, some dangle earrings, fake pearls, and matching shoes and you know what it did look better. I still feel a bit like I’m playing dress up in it and its still not particularly well made in comparison to some of my other creations but it looks so much better.
Fabric: 3 yards of JoAnn’s simply silky poly purchased on sale last year for about $13.50
Pattern: Vintage Vogue 8728
Year: Its one of their reprints so its circa 1946 but currently in print
Notions: invisible zipper How much are those? I can never remember. and a bit of easy pattern because I was out of stabilizer
Time to Complete: About 8 hours but I wish I’d done another muslin and taken my time a bit more with the construction
First worn: Saturday night to a fondu place with my family for my Mother’s Day dinner.
Wear again: I’m not sure. I don’t totally feel comfortable in it plus my daughter dripped fondu on the skirt. Speaking of Emily though if she has any say I will wear it a lot. She squealed and told me I looked beautiful when I came down stairs for pictures. Regardless, I’m glad I finished it and wore it out.
Total cost:??? Maybe about $21 including the pattern but the zipper was the only thing I bought new.