This Anne Klein maxi dress pattern for Vogue was actually my favourite pattern from the summer collection. I think it was a combination of the floaty fabric and the pleated bodice.
I know that almost everyone out there has already started thinking of autumn sewing, and to be honest, I am no exception. Our weather has already cooled down considerably and we have had some fairly torrential downpours. BUT:
1. I really wanted to try sewing chiffon (something I have never done).
2. I was really enthusiastic about sewing this pattern when it first came out. I had the fabric and the notions sitting in my cupboard and I knew if I didn’t do it before August was over I probably wouldn’t consider it again until next summer.
The bodice of this dress is where all the work lies. The pleated effect is achieved by sewing gathered sections on to stays which in turn are supported by sew-in interfacing – so all the stay sections have to be hand basted. There is a fair amount of hand sewing (largely basting) in this dress. The lining sections are also interfaced with sew-in interfacing (I suppose I could have just got iron-on for the lining?) I managed to get hold of some charcoal grey sew-in interfacing, which goes well with my (another) animal print chiffon:
Here you can see the upper part of the bodice with the gathered overlay sew on to it:
Inside shot showing lining:
So, if you don’t hear from me for a little while this is the reason why!
Oh, I believe today marks one year of my starting this blog. A huge thank you to all my readers and all those of you who leave comments on my posts. It’s great to be part of the online sewing community.
Hopefully be back by the end of next week with the finished dress…..