Here's another Out of Print Vogue pattern for your consideration: Vogue 1189. This is a designer dress by Rebecca Taylor. (I actually have had this one for a while, and the Vogue patterns sale reminded me of it.) What I liked about it was the braided front, and I was curious as to how it was constructed.
It reminds me of the 70's in a good, Cheryl Tiegs-ish way. I love the feminine soft flowiness.
|Cheryl Tiegs from the Conde Nast achives|
So, my challenge was to overcome both of those adjectives. No one wants to look like a Grandma in a robe, right?
At first, I used the self fabric alone for the braid, but from even a few yards away, you couldn't see that it was a braid. So, I searched my stash and found this tie-dye chiffon print that had some of the same shades in it. I made another tube from it, and substituted it for one of the tubes.
The instructions tell you to stitch the tubes together at one end, and then hang from a doorknob and braid. Since I have a dress form, I decided to stitch them together in the center back, then I braided around the neckline in each direction. This helped me to judge how tightly to make the braids.
Then you just slipstitch the braid along both sides to the dress. The front has a hook and thread eye to keep it closed.
So, is it Grandma in a robe, or is it modern 70's Cheryl Tiegs-ish? Or somewhere in between? (Don't worry- you won't hurt my feelings- I had fun making it no matter what!)
Let me know what you think!