Oscar style glam
I got this pattern a few years back when VPL had a review-for-new-pattern policy; I'd reviewed my make of the 1940's skirted swim pattern and chose this evening gown in exchange. Then this past summer I was gifted 5metres of a gorgeous heavy sequin fabric (slightly stretchy) by a fabric company to create what ever I wanted in exchange for photos of my results that they could use. The pattern and fabric seemed destined for each other.
The dress is fairly simple to sew. Any difficulty lies in the cutting out decisions- you are given the option of laying the pattern out with the skirt on bias or straight grain so experience is needed to help you judge which is best for your fabric. It was compounded for me by the fact that my sequin fabric stretched side to side... and also the lay of the sequins ran across the width too. So to have the sequins running smoothly down the dress instead of around I had to cut so both the stretch and sequins ran top to bottom. I pleated out a couple of inches length in the torso pattern to compensate for the vertical stretch and that seemed to do the trick. I lined the torso in silk cut on the straight grain to prevent further stretching in either direction. This wouldn't be necessary when using a regular woven fabric.
The size is accommodating: My bust is closer to 36" and hips 39" and the dress fits me snugly but looks good. I took photos on a 5'9 girl - 33"b/37"h and had I been making the dress for her I would have taken the waist in a few inches but even though a looser fit on her the dress hung very well.
I filled in the low back somewhat by adding a cowl drape- a nice addition I felt to help showcase the sequins.
The skirt side seams do swing noticeably backward though the sequins make it less obvious. It's impossible to know if it's down to the fabric I used (very probably) or a pattern issue. It's noticeable enough that I would definitely toile to check it and correct before a future make.
I'd like to try this pattern again... perhaps on the bias in a satin fabric or a crepe; the pattern geek in me really wants to check that backward swinging seam.
Reviewed by: Jeanne-veravenus.com from UK.