Welcome to my first pattern review! How exciting! We’re just kicking things off here at Sew Feminine, but I’m excited to show you my first make of 2018 and give my thoughts on the Very Easy Vogue V9278 Slip Dress pattern. While I do recommend trying this pattern, I have a few words of advice. Stick around for a few tips.
The Slip Dress
There’s something romantic about minimalist design combined with delicate fabric. I love the effortless elegance that is the slip dress. One of the easiest pieces to wear, you throw one on and instantly look put together. No fuss required. As they’re modeled after an undergarment, they’re designed with the female form in mind, giving a bit of sex appeal without being too risqué. Throw a turtle neck on underneath and you’re covered up yet still sleek and stylish. The slip dress is uniquely feminine. What’s not to love?
This silhouette definitely suits my body shape — I’m quite straight, standing at 5 feet 7 inches tall, with a small to medium sized bust, and a slim to athletic build. However, with the A-line silhouette, I think this cut would suit many body types. As long as you get the cup size right, there’s not much else to worry about.
Finding Your Fit
While I typically never cut into my fabric without making a muslin sample first, for some reason, I did. I also made the mistake of failing to measure the pattern paper to compare with my own measurements. I selected the size 14 (36-28-38) based off of the bust, hip and waist measurements that most closely matched mine (36-29-39). However, this pattern seems to run a little large. Once I got the front skirt and back skirt attached, I realized I had about two full inches of extra width at the under-bust on each side seam. Almost four whole inches!! This was a bit of set back, as size 14 was the smallest included in the pattern I grabbed. I ended up having to grade the pattern down by two sizes. This was simple enough when grading the skirt, as it’s a basic block that drops by a half inch with each size, but the cups were an entirely different story. Word to the wise, measures the pattern pieces at the key areas. Don’t rely on the measurements listed on the back of the envelope. And, if you have the time, make a muslin sample first.
This pattern comes with CustomFit cup sizes; individual pattern pieces are included for cup sizes A-D fitting all dress sizes included in the pattern (Sizes 14-22). This is a really nice feature; being able to select the cups size rather than relying on a one-size fits all system is enough to keep me buying from this line. My struggle with the cup wasn’t related to the pattern itself, it was only a result of grabbing the envelope that included sizes 14-22, and realizing I actually needed to size down to a 10. I am not a pattern maker, I’m a very early beginner, so my method was to chose the B cup according to the calculation included in the instructions, in the smallest size, 14. From there I measured the under-bust width of the skirt, and shortened the cup width so to match. I used tracing paper for this. Obviously, this isn’t ideal, and I probably would have had a better finished product had I been working with the true size 10.
Another note regarding the cups, as you can see in the image above, because of the more delicate nature of the crepe like fabric I chose, I opted to use Tailor’s Tacks instead of markers/pencil/transfer paper to mark my darts. I then basted them by hand in order to provide myself a guide line for the actual stitch. This was my first time using this method, and while the finished stitch wasn’t perfect I really did enjoy working like this. The hand stitching of tacks and basting thread had some sort of satisfying quality. I’m excited to continue to learn these methods.
I had some issues with the lining — it refused to lay flat on the edge of the bodice, as you can see in the bottom image below, even after it was pressed. It rolls out of the bodice seam and can be seen constantly. I think this is much more to with my fabric choice than the pattern itself. Because the crepe like fabric I chose had a bit of stretch to it, I also chose a lining with slight stretch. I really regret this. I’m not sure I enjoy working with stretch yet! Also, I don’t think the grain of the fabric is going in the right direction. Somehow I made that rookie mistake! On top of avoiding the grain mistake and stretch fabrics, next time I’ll focus on finding a lining that better matches the fabric color so it’s not as obvious.
I also need practice on my hems. As you can see here it looks a bit bulky, I think in part due to my grain issue, but also because I struggled to ease the extra fabric.
All in all, this pattern is really great. Not only would I make it again, assuming I purchase the size 10 pattern, I would definitely attempt to hack it into something a little different. I adore the way the skirt fits at the under-bust, so I’d love to retain that element while playing around with a different bodice.
Go get yourself V9278 and let me know what you think! Also, let me know what you think of this silhouette on different body types.