would go like this:
Analyst: "Vintage Vogue 2787"
Me: "Shoulder pad nightmare."
And indeed it was, but more about that later.
Once I found the proper shoulder pad solution I came to love this dress. I really like the S-curve down the front with the asymmetrical gathers (ruching?) I'm all about asymmetry, so I enjoyed putting the bodice together. I wish I would have shortened the torso about an inch, but live and learn.
|Finally--something to wear with my impulse buy silver heels.|
The simple darted back has a six-button closure--there was an option for a 7 inch zipper closure, but I enjoy making button loops--and a side lapped zipper. I apologize for the glare--this fabric resists proper photography by reflecting the flash, no matter what angle I approach it from.
Originally I wasn't wild about the super high neckline, which isn't especially flattering on me, but it gives the dress a kind of cool almost Asian-inspired look, so I've made my peace with it.
The back is simple and fit well.
The fabric is a buttery soft polyester charmeuse that I got from Vogue Fabrics. If this dress had been a miserable failure, I would have ordered more of this fabric and made it into something else.
And now onto the shoulder pads. There were instructions to make shoulder pads, which I did,
but they didn't work with the charmeuse. I mean they really didn't work. Below is a photo of the dress with the shoulder pad I eventually used and the pad that I made from the pattern instructions.
You can't see it, but the fabric kind of rolls under the awkward shoulder. I thought maybe that pad needed nudged out closer to the end of the shoulder. This is what happens when I did that.
So why didn't I just use those pads? Because they are expensive lambswool (I think) pads I bought for a light wool jacket I cut out late last winter and then stored away once the sun started shining. I bought the pads at Britex--about 500 miles away--and didn't want to deal with mail ordering another set and paying postage, or even trying to figure out which ones they were (I should mention that I cannot buy shoulder pads in my town--we are a shoulder-padless society here) so I decided to make my own.
I drafted a pattern,
sewed it together
|The first of the two inner layers|
|Original pad on left. Mine on the right.|
Pretty effective, eh?
And that's it for Vintage Vogue 2787.