Has anyone made Vogue vintage pattern V2962? This has been one of my UFOs because of frustrations I’ve had with the fit and what seems to be an error with the pattern.
Last summer, I cut this pattern out of a light weight satin I got on sale when one of our Joann’s stores closed. I didn’t make a muslin; I figured if this didn’t work out I was out about $6.00. I was hoping to wear the dress for New Year’s.
I’m not really big in the bust so I altered the bodice to reflect that, plus made alterations to fit my waist (made it a little bigger than the pattern was drafted). With those changes, I thought I would be in good shape.
When I got the pieces together, the bodice not only still ballooned out from my bust, but with the pieces laid the way the pattern required, the fabric overlapped practically up to my neck. I looked like I was being strangled. I tried adjusting the overlap, but that just moved the ballooning out to the sides of my bust without opening up the neckline all that much.
On top of that, when I went to put together the skirt, I thought there was way too much width in it. I even checked to make sure I’d cut the correct pieces the correct number of times. (This skirt is HUGE!) And lo and behold, there was no way the fabric of the skirt could be gathered enough to fit the length of the bodice waistline. I think the instruction have you cut out the pieces too many times.
I checked the fabric suggestions on the pattern (I know, I should have done this first.) and saw that most were lighter weight than my satin, though taffeta (one of the suggestions) is about the same weight. I chalked my problems with the skirt up to using a fabric that is too heavy.
However, in the most recent Vogue pattern book, there is a photo of this dress made up in what looks like satin of the same weight as that which I am using. In the photo, the top drapes the way it does in the drawing on the pattern and the skirt obviously fits to the bodice.
I guess what I want to know is if anyone else has had similar problems with this pattern, and if anyone has suggestions for correcting the problems with the bodice. I’m going to take some width out of the skirt so it will fit, and I’m getting ready to take the bodice completely apart. I do have enough fabric to cut new bodice pieces if I need to.
I think this is a beautiful dress and my teal satin looks great even lying in a heap on my dining room chair. I’m hoping I can salvage this project and have a great dress to wear for next New Year’s.