My Aqua Dress — Vogue 8995

Wow!!!  I didn’t realize it would take this long to post.  I have to tell you  finding time to sew, blog, knit, work, exercise and garden has been a challenge for me this year.  It just seems like I’m all over the place.
Recently, I was on Susan Khaljie website ordering silk organza. (btw, she has 60 wide for $13.50) I was looking at the student profiles and found myself reading about  Kikanza Nuri-Robins. What struck me is her answer to “how do you find time to sew?”  Her response ,” I have plenty of time to sew. I schedule it like everything else that’s important.”  Talk about a light bulb moment!!!  That was my answer.  So, I got busy prioritizing my life.  I have to tell you it’s working.  I’ve got more sewing done in the last month and half than all year!!  I’ve even started scheduling blog time.
So this leads me to V8995.  I actually started this dress last year.  I ran into some fit issues became frustrated and put it down.  Actually I was going to classify it as a UFO.  But I pick it up last month and decided to figure out the issues.

The issue was gaping in the armholes and  neck.  I wasn’t sure to how to fix the problem.  Now I have a library sewing books, so I decided to treat this like research.  I pulled out The Perfect Fit by Singer. Sure enough I found the problem and solution.  The gaping at the armhole is caused by the combination of a full bust and narrow shoulders. The solution is to lower the shoulder no more than 3/4″ on the front bodice only.  So, I removed the lining and started experimenting with different amounts.  The final amount for me was 1/2″.  That solved both armhole and neck gaping.
This dress has a lot of opportunity for color blocking, piping and other creative ideas.  But I decided to make it monochromatic.  The color itself was a step out my color zone. (baby steps :))
The fabric is a linen that I found at Hancock a couple years ago.  To help reduce the wrinkling, I used pro-tricot deluxe fusible (fashion sewing supply) as an underling instead of silk organza. I really like the feel of the linen with this fusible. The lining is a beige bemberg. Overall, I ‘m happy the dress.
My last post was to complete the Appleton Dress.  That dress is still in the queue and I will post on it soon,
Also, I playing around with pages on my blog.  Looking to add my knitting adventures.  Stay tuned.
Until Next Time……Keep Sewing!!

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  1. Hoo, boy, I know what you are talking about. Narrow shoulders and full bust, here, to the max. Add in a narrow back (as compared to most of the rest of me)…

    I can't wait to try your fix. Congrats on a beautiful dress.

    (Isn't underlining wonderful? I'm making a washer linen MOG dress for a dear friend, and I underlined it with a cotton/silk blend. Lux!)

  2. Scheduling sewing time is something I've known about since I read Barbara Deckert's book but have failed to do. I seem to sew in spurts. I keep telling myself, 'just 30 to 60 minutes a day'. Barbara wrote 'if you give yourself 60 minutes a day, you could have at least one new outfit a week'. Seems sewing scheduling is paying off for you. Love that linen dress–a great warm weather look. Miss your blog posts.

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