Hi! My name is Mimi. I am a 43 year old gal living in the Pacific Northwest. I have been sewing off and on since I was 13. I am self taught and am primarily a garment maker.
Pattern name: Vogue 8876 a Marcy Tilton design.
I love most of her designs. I find them flattering to all figure types. But also feel that she designs for us middle aged gals who love Avant Garde clothing. Think retired art teacher. 😉
Sizing: 8-16 and 16-24
What size did you make?
Once I pulled out the pattern and read the finished bust measurements I went ahead and cut my usual high bust size 14.
What are your measurements and body shape?
My measurements are 42-37-42. My body shape is an apple. Or according to vogue style guide, a rectangle. I have a large ribcage and slightly square shoulders. I normally cut a 14 or 16 to fit my high bust. I will make alterations from there. Usually a FBA, because I have a D cup size.
What adjustments did you make, and how long did they take?
I did not do an FBA. I just added an inch to the side seams only, as I was cutting it out. Once I had the front and back parts sewn up I pin fitted the side seams to check my fit. In the end I did not need all that extra room. I just used a 3/8 seam allowance on the side seams instead of the usual 5/8. But it’s always nice to have that fit insurance on the sides, just in case.
What did you like?
I like the shape of the dress. It can vary depending on your fabric choice – a bottom weight will be more structured, a voile would give it a softer look. You can even use a stable ponte knit with a bit of crosswise stretch. And it has pockets!
What will you change next time?
I have no changes to suggest. This pattern is flattering for all shapes. Pear, apple, slim, curvy.
What advice do you have for curvy sewists?
I am 5ft 4in. This dress is knee length on me. So tall gals, you may want to adjust length. Also, I used snap tape in lieu of a zipper or buttons.
Curvy rating (1 – 5 stars)