Recently my new friend Marjorie, also living in Brisbane, invited me around to check out her Burda collection. Not in the "check out my etchings" style, but in a generous sewing kind of way. She ended up lending me a few patterns and Vogue 8663 (OOP) was one of them.
This was super easy as they are both Vogue patterns and so the measurements are fairly similar. Also any discrepancy in waist measurement could easily be hidden by adjusting the box pleat. Ha!
I really like the pleating around the neck although found it a little tricky to get sitting just right, the pattern is a little confusing as it gives the impression the pleats are stitched down. Anyway I forged ahead to get the look I was happy with and it seemed to work. The only thing I am not 100% happy about is the dress isn't lined so the neck is simply finished with bias leaving an obvious stitching line which I am not sure I like. No-one else seemed to notice though, so perhaps I am being overly critical.
Hmmm...a bit obvious I have been sitting in it today, sorry!
- shortening the bodice length my standard 1"
- narrowing the shoulders slightly
- here's the surprise - FBA not required - I guess the pleats provide enough ease
I know this may emphasise my boobs, but hey, they get stared at anyway, so what's the difference?!
Whilst I love the end result of the ponti, for some reason my machine hated it and the sewing was painful with the machine skipping stitches all the time. So infuriating!! The worst was when I twin needled the hem - I used a stretch 70 needle and look at the result:
Have you ever had a frustrating experience like this? Did you persevere, or give up??