Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Frocktober No 2


I'm loving 'Frocktober'.  Frock No.2 is my Tracy Reece dress Vogue 1224.  The fabric was bought for $6 from a charity store.  Originally intended a cheap test fabric, it was only when I started sewing I realised what I gem I had.  1970s silky woven jersey, very reminiscent of early Dianne Von Furstenberg.  It behaved like a dream under the needles.

Tracy Reece's design is very flattering when you get it right.  I don't know what it is about Vogue's young designers - the designs are beautiful and clever, but their drafting skills are a little under par.  I am only 5 foot 2 inches and added more than two inches to the top half and another two inches to the hemline.  Without the adjustment it would have gathered under the bust and come up very short.

 Overall I'm happy as I have a dress that I can wear to the office under a jacket or more casually with sandals.

Next up I'm making my outfit for the ball in November.  It was to be a frock but I'm opting for the practicality of long embroidered duponi silk skirt and a silk cowl neck and back blouse.  At least I know that I will wear the blouse again.  So watch this space.

23 comments:

  1. Oh what a great find at your charity store. Beautiful dress. I wonder how their designs sell in stores if the drafting is so off?

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  2. You are on a roll with these great dresses. I love your version of 1224, I agree it's a bit short as drafted in the bodice and skirt for me and I found I haven't worn it very much for that reason. Yours doesn't have those issues and looks great.

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  3. Love how these two dresses have turned out this month. And what a fabulous fabric find. Congrats!

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  4. another great dress and fantastic find on the fabric.

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  5. Wonderful fabric and resulting dress. Thanks for the tip about lengthening the bodice and skirt. I have this pattern, and your cute version is reminding me that I so need to make this dress up soon!

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  6. Wow I love the fabric of this dress, you are lucky.
    I can't wait to see your ball outfit.
    Happy sewing

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  7. I would feel so clever if I found an excellent fabric like that, what a bargain!
    It looks perfect for this design, casual and elegant, and easy to wear.

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  8. Nice dress, I really like the print. I would never have picked that pattern to make because it looks so short. The extra length makes it work.

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  9. Beautiful...love, love the fabric

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  10. Nice fabric find! The dress looks great!

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  11. Hmmm, maybe that explains why I was having some issues with the green dress... that was also a Tracey Reese design. Yeah, let's go with that. I feel better thinking that the massiveness in the "bra" piece was due to a drafting issue, and not due to me. ;)

    Lovely dress! And the fabric sounds like such a great find.

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  12. Another great dress! Isn't it funny how we don't always realise what a gem we've found until we are working with/using it. Great find!

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  13. Great dress. I am following your frocktober and the first dress I have made is this one! However I left mine short as I didn't really plan to wear it to the office. I am planning a second one slightly longer. It is a great pattern and I love your version - what a bargain find!

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  14. That is a great looking dress on you.

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  15. That is a fabulous fabric find, such a pretty print, and the dress (frock!) looks just beautiful!
    I can't wait to see your ballgown... :)

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  16. Great dress. That fabric was such a treasure to find. I'm looking forward to seeing the rest of your frocks. I'm on a bit of a frock roll too but am running a little behind.

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  17. what a lucky find - I think your dress looks very flattering with the changes that you made.

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  18. Both of your frocktober dresses are wonderful! The styles are very flattering and I love your fabric choices (getting a bargain makes it even better!) I hope your ball outfit is coming along -- can't wait to see it.

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  19. Great combo - great fabric find!

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  20. Oh! So beautiful! Love, love this dress and the fit is perfect on you .... the line of cleavage, and sleeves are a dream! Congrats!!

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  21. çok güzel süper elbise olmuş,çok yakışmış.. bende yapmak istiyorum desen açıklama nerde

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