This is the first woven dress I've made in a while; it is Vogue 1228. I believe it's also the first Vogue pattern I've tried (although it's a designer -- Vena Cava -- it's still labeled 'easy'). I liked that it was a little artsy but wearable. (The artsy part is not the fan blades emerging from my head. A lack of willing and able photographers has reduced me to mirror self-portraits. I think I need to get a tripod.)
The pattern I had only went up to a size 14. I thought I had read that Vogues ran a little smaller than the other big pattern companies, so after cutting the 14 out (I didn't trace it since it was the largest size and all the other sizes were still preserved on the original pattern), I pinned the front to the back along the seam line, and "tried it on," so to speak. I just did not feel comfortable that it was going to reach around me all the way without being too tight. So I added an inch to each side, front and back. I also added two inches to the length, just to be on the safe side.
|You can see where I added along the side (top) and where I cut the pattern apart to add the length|
As far as the sewing directions, there are a few unusual details that I had to think through, mostly the horizontal pleat that runs across the front and the back. If you change the depth of the neckline that changes it a little bit. Most of the seams are French seams, which I liked, but that makes it a little more difficult to fit as you go.
|A close-up of the sleeve detail --the horizontal pleat is at the bottom of the neckline|
And here's my forgot-to-turn-off-the-flash first photo: