October is a month of dress-making for me - literally making dresses. I've started the spring season with my version of the Vena Cava dress Vogue 1258. I've used a very soft, drapey knit jersey - a rare quality find from Spotlight. A little too drapey on reflection as the weight of the front ties drags the neckline to dangerous depths.
There are a few things to remember if you are making this dress.
1) read the instructions
2) read the instructions and
3) read the instructions!
Seriously, this pattern is a pleasure to sew and cleverly crafted, but it is not an 'intuitive' pattern. You need to follow the map or you will veer off the road very quickly. The other thing to remember is that the neckline from the pattern is very very low. It isn't too much of a problem to adjust. On advice from Alison who made the dress before me I took the neck up about two inches.
If I were to make this pattern again (maybe... but with sleeves for winter) I would also take a little of the taper from the hip to knee. As Erica Bunker warned Alison, the results are very "body conscious". I certainly don't want the answer to the proverbial "does my bum look big in this?" question.
Frocktober no. 2 is the Tracy Reece dress Vogue 1224 in black and white jersey. It is coming along nicely. I can see that I need to seriously work on my blog photos. My daughter takes them and the attitude is no care, no responsibility. DD 1 who is away at university was much more accommodating.