Fit and flare in V8805

I was thinking of changing the name of my blog to Drop Waist and Co. But I’m going to call this dress a Fit and Flare instead. It’s probably a mere technicality, like calling pasta, ‘linguine’, but I’ll run with it. So, just to clarify before we start, this is NOT a drop waist dress. It is a fit and flare frock.

 


I ordered 3m of this gorgeous grey merino wool ponte from Tessuti Fabrics (the same used in my Winter Malvarosa) with the intention of making myself a dress and then using the remainder to furnish the wardrobes of my little girls with snuggly winter items. Obviously, something didn’t go to plan, because suddenly, here before me, I have another winter dress for moi! Oops.

Here it is. My somewhat modified version of Vogue 8805. If you are wondering what changes I made, here they are.

  • added 6″ in length to the arms
  • tapered the arms to be about 3″ narrower towards the hem
  • slimmed the sides down to fit me closely, about 2″ off both side seams
  • added two fish eye darts in the back
  • added some flared cuffs (inspired by Nikki and her gorgeous LWD)
  • added a front zipper
  • shortened the middle panel by 1″ and added a pleated skirt to the bottom

The flared cuffs and pleated skirt were made using a navy wool twill remnant from Tessuti Fabrics. What do you think? Worthy of my new ‘practical’ shoes?


6 thoughts on “Fit and flare in V8805

  1. Debbie Iles

    Thank you! I think you are right, nearly all sorted for winter. I just need a big coat now but I will wait to start that when I have the time and mindspace to settle into a nice big project.

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  2. SewJillian

    You go right ahead and delude yourself Debbie! It's looks fabulous as always! How you manage to look so incredibly put together with three young children is beyond me. I have one small child and am happy to brush my hair in the mornings. 🙂

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  3. Debbie Iles

    Thank you! But I also feel I should let you in on a very well kept secret…when you have three children, parenting duties disappear, they look after each other ;-), or perhaps I have simply become deaf to a certain decibel over the years…

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