Since I don’t consider myself to be a designer, it’s amazes me how designers translate their inspiration from something into fashion. The most I’m able to do with inspiration is try to find a pattern closest to the dress I want to recreate. Baby steps, right?
And since I’m a huge nerd, I HAD to make something special for the 50th Anniversary of Doctor Who. Even though I’ve been sitting on this project for a while, the impending celebration was enough to push me to get this dress done in time for the event (and, isn’t too costume-y so that I can also wear it to work).
Clara Oswin Oswald from Doctor Who
Honestly, Clara’s not my favorite of the Doctor’s companions (that spot’s reserved for Rose and Donna), but I LOVE red, and when I saw her Souffle Girl red dress, I knew I needed to make it. Looking at it, it looks like a knit sheath dress, with kind of a cowl neck, and half-length sleeves. The skirt is a little short for me, but with the magic of sewing, I can make it as long as I want.
Minus the utility belt, I think I nailed it
Well, let’s get on with the review:
This was Vogue 8873. It has a drapey overbodice, I opted for the half sleeves, and the straight skirt that has… POCKETS!
I stuck with my size 12, and widened out to a 14 in the hips. This was interesting, since the pockets and the skirt seam are below the natural waist, so some of the hip resizing took place on other pieces than the skirt itself (including the pocket facing, the pocket lining, the skirt lining, and the skirt).
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
If you cut and pasted a couple designs together, yep.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, although, when sewing the skirt vent to the lining, I did have to concentrate a little harder than normal, since this was my first time doing it. I figured it out, though.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
LOVE POCKETS. I’m getting over my fear of straight skirts, so I was very happy with how it turned out.
I used a red ponte knit and a black tricot for lining; both from Mood Fabrics. I discovered that I love working with ponte: it’s very drapey, still stretchy, but kind of stable. It would work for a lot garments, I think. It DID get a little bulky in parts (since the front of the bodice is a lining, underbodice, and overbodice), though.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made
I almost put a zipper in, but the ponte knit gave the dress a bit of stretch that I didn’t bother with a zipper and it’s able to slip over my head very easily.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I can see doing the flowy skirt with the cap sleeves in a summery rayon. If I ever find some fabric I like, maybe I’ll reuse this pattern again. I love the drapey neckline.
If you need a Souffle Girl inspired dress, here’s the pattern for you. If you love drapey necklines and pockets, this is also the pattern for you!
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