I posted here about wanting to try Rhonda Buss' cold shoulder mod tutorial on M6886 and I had this cool striped double knit in stash. Black and white stripes = classic!! And the stripe pattern was begging for something figure hugging. Light stripes at bust and hips (because yes please on those areas being accentuated!!) and dark stripes at the waist. And because I am still anti-long sleeves, I went with a shortened length here.
This pattern is cut 14/16/18 - 14 neckline and shoulders, 16 bust and waist, 18 hip. I'd initially used 3/8" seam allowances and went back through and took it in another 3/8" so a total of 1.5" all around. I keep forgetting I get a little swayback puddling in this dress but don't want a CB seam. I will do a cheater adjustment next time.
My stripes matched before I went back to take it in. Oh well.
I plan to use this pattern with mod for the contest; I will use the crew neck though instead of the scoop. Next time I will take just a PINCH from the top of the sleeve. It was slightly loose and I did a hack job when taking it in to pull that sleeve in closer to my arm. And I'll cut the shoulders in a little. Otherwise I really like it and it is a fun dress!
One problem - this fabric is WARM. So it's for winter. For sure. I'm a tiny bit bummed because I ordered a navy/white colorway at the same time and for me, navy/white stripes scream summer. But this fabric will be much too warm in any summertime garment.
Rhonda's instructions include everything so be sure to head over and check it out if you want to make your own! (nayy)
For the vest (which was actually made first!), I had the smaller envelope and went with a size 14. I did a slash and spread because we know I need extra butt room! I also needed more sleeve/arm room and will add there should I make this again. I love it, but not sure how many knit vests with cut-on sleeves I need ;-) I have seen cute versions with the collar but because I am a bit rectangle-y front on I always worry about the possible bathrobe look. So I'm glad I left the collar off.
I prefer it open
I discovered I prefer it over sleeveless/short sleeves even though my initial plan was to pair it with long sleeved tops/dresses. I like the length and have worn it twice - with a dress and a skirt that hits just a few inches below the hemline.
If you were thinking about this one I'd definitely say give it a shot!