Yes, Horrible or Milkmaid is a new game I’ve invented just for this dress. WTF am I talking about?
I’ve liked this Vintage Vogue pattern for ages, it’s Vogue 8728 and all the versions I’d seen in blogland have been rather nice. It’s a popular pattern and I thought I’d fire that up. I used a nice quality knit from the stash to try this one out. Sadly the fabric was stashed so long ago I don’t know what it’s made of, but my guess is rayon/poly/spandex and I had so much of it I clearly had a plan I’d now forgotten. Maybe a wrap dress?
The pattern reviews all mentioned that this pattern runs large and to size it down. I went down two sizes in the bodice and one size in the skirt since I’m using a very stretchy knit. I wouldn’t size down that aggressively with a woven, but that size plan worked well. I sewed it up using my own techniques because vintage sewing techniques are just not me. I don’t hand sew unless it’s absolutely necessary. If you’d like to know more about my sewing process click for my review on PatternReview.
Sadly I don’t like this dress much on me. I look like a milkmaid or something. I did wear it out and about and was not ridiculed by strangers but I wore a cardigan over the top so the milkmaid-yness was lessened. It’s really very comfortable because it’s a knit and the fit is good, but I shall have to wait and see if I wear this. Otherwise it’s on the donation pile which is rather sad.
Time to focus on another project to get the taste of this one out of my sewing mouth.