I first made this pattern up almost two years ago and it has been worn a lot even though it was made as my muslin. What can I say, sometimes I'm slow or is it that other things push their way to the front of the sewing table line? Forget the excuses, this dress has been on my wish list for quite some time.
It is Lynn Mizono's pull-over dress, Vogue 1410, with a few changes besides shortening the hem that I did on the first version.
This dress is described on the pattern envelope as "very loose-fitting" which should be taken as proceed with caution because the neckline sits very low and the front armhole shape is generous. Or if you like "very loose-fitting." Keep in mind though that this "very loose-fitting" dress gets pulled into a semi-fitted bodice and lovely draping.
On my first version, I had to pull up the shoulder seams up and take it in more. Even with this I found the front to be sitting low. This time around I shortened the shoulder seam and raised the front neckline two inches. This new neckline shape created an awkward draping in the front. To fit that, I created a tuck in the centre front at the neckline by pinning out the excess. It worked out great and I like where the neckline now sits.
The armhole and neckline is finished with bias tape left over from this project. I think it is a cleaner finish than on the first version.
My fabric was a recent purchase from Mitchell Fabrics. There is still some left yardage left in the discounted section. And if you happen to be in the neighbourhood I would recommend this fabric for a summer frock. This woven silk fabric has a beautiful drape and it is on sale! This one has blue and rusty brown threads running through it but there is another bolt with more pink tones.
I pre-treated this fabric with a wash on the delicate setting and a tumble in the dryer before giving it a steam press on the silk setting. And it handled all this with no issues.
Fabric: 3 metres woven silk
Elastic: 1 metre
Thread: The dress was sewn with 100% silk thread and premium thread on the sewing machine.
Pattern: Vogue 1410, a Lynn Mizono design.
Additional Tools, Supplies, etc: Sewing machine, serger, buttonhole foot, walking foot, scissors, pins, thread clippers, cord stopper, measuring tape, cutting table, and a chai latte break.