Vogue "Very Easy, Very Vogue" 7526. I bought my copy off of Etsy because I though the sleeveless version looked rather modern. Let's not talk about the sleeves on the other one.
Green batik rayon from Steve's sewing in King of Prussia. Was pleasantly surprised that the place I took the sewing machines for servicing also had fabric. I'm a sucker for a subtle batik so this came home with me.
This pattern came with 3 sizes 12,14,16. The 16 was my actual bust measurement so I traced that and added ease to the waist and hip area.
1. The bodice had a very big bust dart so I reduced the dart intake from 3" to 2".
2. Then I added 1/2" to the side seams of both the front and the back bodice. (This turned out to be a bit of overkill and I had to take in the side seams on the actual dress.)
3. The back dart was moved 1 3/4" closer to the side seam because it seemed to be in an odd location.
4. Added 5/8" to the side seams of the skirt.
5. The skirt was very long, I chopped 4" off before cutting the fabric and took another 1" before hemming.
6. I overlapped the two bodice pieces not on CF but further over to give a little more coverage in the bust area. Not that it looks that way. There's a thread tack there too, I swear.
1. The pattern came with armhole facings but those things are the worst. Instead I bias bound the armholes. As much as I hate sewing bias binding these actually turned out well.
3. Unlike the armhole facings, the neckline facings are not trouble in this dress. With the giant collar covering most of the bodice you can tack them down just about anywhere.
"That's well constructed and the neckline is nice as well you know."
My Final Thoughts
I bought this cause the reverse collar was snazzy looking and do think it looks cute in real life. However I think it would look better on a person with a normal or long torso. Just because a whole lot of visual interest gets put on the low bust which will indirectly highlight where your waist position is. That caveat aside I do like this dress and think that rayon lent itself well to the design.
Now all I need is an ironic 80's perm.....