The "very-easy" rating is true to its claim. With no buttons or zippers, and just a couple of side seams, maybe some darts and pleats here and there, the Vogue 8646 is a breeze to sew. The A-B-C-D cup sizes is a nice bonus. These are the main reasons why I bought this pattern, by the way. Those, and the $3.99 sale price.
Some new techniques that I used on this project are:
- Underlining. The self fabric is cotton dotted swiss, which is rather transparent, so I underlined it with cotton batiste to add opaqueness. I was thinking about lining it at first, but it would take longer, so I let laziness get the best of me, and it paid off! Not only I learned a new technique, the project also finished faster.
- French seam: Ah... The French sure know how to make things pretty! The lack of zipper makes it possible to "French the seams". I've been meaning to use this technique for a while, but zippers have been getting in the way.
- Bias tape finishing: The pattern calls for finishing the armscye and neckline with bias tape. My execution wasn't the greatest... there's puckering and pulling especially at the armscye area, probably because I shaped the tape half-heartedly before sewing it on. Luckily the texture of the fabric hides the imperfection and makes it less obvious.
- Hemming a full skirt: Thank goodness there's no blind-stitching here, I would have poked my eyes! (Then I would be blind-stitching, literally). By ease-stitching and gathering the extra fullness at the edge, hemming was quite easy.
It's rather decollete... might have to make a detachable modesty panel so can wear it without worrying about accidental exposure. The not-centered front shoulder pleats are not as bothersome as expected, so I'm pretty happy about it.
And here's twirled:
Ready for summer!
(PR review here)