Ok, so this post started with a rant of how much I dislike this very popular Vogue 1250 – a Donna Karan creation.
It was sooooo plain and even in a different colour, like Ms Karan’s red, I didn’t think it would be saved. It was destined for the donation pile, not a huge loss since it’s a 3 pattern piece wearable toile. You can see in the plain greige version below, it’s been belted in an effort to make it exciting! Seemed to me there was way too much plain expanse of fabric over the body. Boring, boring, boring. Does the slip at the hemline make it more interesting? No, I didn’t think so either!
Wore it to visit the Princess on a very hot day, walked Zelda dawg around a river and golf course – very sweaty Betty. But then I had an idea after looking back over these photos and rereading this blog post that I’d made it too short, which was the limitation of the $7 remnant and not a feature of the original draft. Amaaaazing to come to that realisation – cue brain explosion!
The version with white is what happened when I raced home to attach a double layered white band in the same rayon/spandex. Then moved the hem length twice which necessitated unpicking 3 thread overlock twice – phew, I quite like it now! She’s a keeper.
Lesson learned? There is a right length for a body. Probably not just 1 right length so perhaps that should read – there’s a right length for a dress, top, pant in a given design considering details, overall silhouette and where each panel/section is broken up on the body. True to Kibbe’s Flamboyant Natural, adding detail at the lower part of this garment does seem to create balance. I kept the link to this article about hem length and golden mean a few years ago – well worth a read (she mutters to herself) BEFORE you decide on a hem length!
Using the formula in the article my hem length from the shoulder is 89.3cm and that’s exactly where the dress ended up! There was about a 7cm difference in hem length between the shorter greige V1250 and the lengthened white banded V1250, but it made all the difference even considering heel height difference.
Other versions of V1250 on the www…
Dr T Designs doesn’t like it, neckline a bit too low, a bit too tight.
Sew Wrong likes it, but finds the cowl low.
By the seat of my pants loves it.
Gorgeous Fabrics likes it a lot in ocelot!
I kinda like it with the white band and anyway, a dress that can take a sports shoe is always a winner in my world, the plantar fasciitis is back!