Well, I’m enjoying a good sit down after a full on week of snowboarding in Austria last week – photos to follow! Our suitcases were full of salopettes and jumpers, not much room for pretty clothes this week but I did manage to squeeze in one dress (I actually can’t believe I’ve been away with only one dress!).
My new YSL pattern dress is the perfect winter dress. The whole dress is underlined with the softest lining fabric and it’s such a thick wool fabric, making it really cosy. This was the first time I had ever come across underlining, it was very simple – it meant cutting the pattern pieces in both the dress and lining fabrics and then sewing each lining piece to its corresponding dress fabric piece. Then all darts, gathering and so on are sewn through both layers of fabric.
The pattern was a reprint of the original vintage pattern, a great idea so you can cut it out without fear of ruining an original pattern. The last season of The Sewing Bee featured YSL sewing patterns, I didn’t know they existed and really liked the idea of sewing my own ‘designer’ dress. Well, the next week this came through the post – best husband award goes to Sam!
The only problem with vintage patterns can be the way the instructions are written and this one did leave me with some head scratching. The part about the sleeve caps really confused me and I ended up doing it my own way – I wasn’t completely happy with how it turned out but I gave it my best effort and got fed up of using the stitch ripper!
I love a high neck on my dresses and tops but this one is quite tight around the neckline – do any fellow sewers have tips for adjusting necklines? I think I just need an inch or so more breathing space!
Overall I was really happy with it, it’s been doing a good job of keeping me warm both in Austria and England! If you enjoy sewing vintage, I highly recommend the Vintage Pattern Company. The pattern was printed on really sturdy paper and the instructions made into a handy A4 book.
Pattern: YSL 1896, Vogue Paris Original (1967) from The Vintage Pattern Shop on eBay
Size Used: 14
True to size? I would say it’s a modern day size 10
Adjustments Made? Shortened length, which meant I had to adjust the flare in the skirt
Fabric: Wool fabric – Abakhan and Underlining Fabric – a new local to me shop (exciting!)