I’m finally finished with Vogue 1237! Yeah! It’s been an ongoing project for a few weeks, and now it’s done. I’m very pleased with the outcome too. The blue fabric is a wool blend from Fabric.com and the lining is a thrifted find. The pattern was very straight forward. I cut everything out and graded the size 14 slightly at the hips. I also thought that the neck might be a little too low, so I added a bit there. The little jacket was very cleverly designed with the built in sleeves and the natural openings in the seam for the button holes. It looks very clean without the traditional button hole slits.
The buttons are upcycled from a white hoody that I found at the Goodwill. I often go button shopping there and find just what I want without having to drive 20 miles to the nearest fabric store. I’m sure buttons that size would cost a dollar or more each. My total cost for 8 buttons was $3.50. What a deal!
I love the way the lining is also the facing for the inside of the dress. You sew the neck and sleeves of the lining and the outer fabric right sides together leaving the shoulder open and about two inches on the outside of each arm hole. Then, you sew the shoulders together and hand sew the small opening that is left.
One feature that I really liked was the way the back slit is designed. You sew a diagonal seam to make a nice mitered corner on each side. I’ve never done that before. The only draw back is that you have to go with the design length. Fortunately, it was a flattering length and was the same as the model on the pattern. I had not planned for that. Adjusting the hem length is the very las step for me. If you make this dress, consider how long you want it, and adjust the pattern accordingly so that you can keep the great mitered split in the back.
The lining was a great find, however it is definitely a masculine design. It’s filled with pipes, lighters, cuff links, watches, compasses, buttons, pens, tacs, keys, etc. It serves it’s purpose well under this dress and jacket. I really like the idea of fun and quirky lining under an outfit.
My hubbie and I did the quick photo shoot right across the street from our house. We have a few redwood trees growing there and they make a great setting for photos. I’ve taken advantage of it many times.
Enjoy your Saint Patrick’s Day! We had yummy corn beef and cabbage cooked by by sweetie.