So I finally got around to it – I made another Yaletown.I think as soon as I bought this fabric I knew it had to be a Yaletown. It just took a while for me to put it together. The drape is perfect for this dress and it even feels vaguely Christmassy!
My last Yaletown I felt was too big for me. I had cut size 14 and I had issues with the length of the bodice and also with the blousiness of the bodice. It just felt too big. Consequently I decided I would make a size 12.I think the size 12 looks OK, but it actually feels a wee bit tight across the back and the top of the bust. The wrap front is attached correctly, but actually when I laid it down flat to attach the wrap for the V neck, it ended up being way too small to fit, so the wrap front doesn’t lie completely flat. I can see it, but I don’t think it’s that visible really. Perhaps I’m somewhere between a 12 and 14, or perhaps I should grade down the waist to a 12 to ensure I’ve got the high bust and upper back size I need for movement. Also this size doesn’t gape when I bend over like my previous one.
The fabric is a silk mix which I got from The Fabric Store. It was cheap because there are supposedly flaws in the fabric. If there are flaws I couldn’t find them! The fabric has texture to it which I really like. The main problem is that it frayed like anything! I’d finished the dress and it was ready hanging up and then I suddenly realised that the casing for the elastic had come undone! ARGH! I ended up stitching a long piece of the fabric about an inch wide and then stitching it over the top of the waistband. It doesn’t show when wearing the belt, but I did suddenly wonder why the waistband felt a bit bulky the other day!
What else can I say? I finished the sleeves the same way as previously. So I folded over a small hem, stitched a very short narrow zig-zag and then trimmed off the excess. The hem was stitched on the machine. All other seams were finished on my overlocker.
Another one/recommendations: Well I still really like this pattern and I would be tempted to make another – just to try that fit… I do have some great fabric which might make up the blouse version… It’s a really easy to wear pattern and it has an elasticated waist and pockets – great for that wee bit of Christmas over-indulgence! If you haven’t made one yet, give it a go, it’s actually a really quick pattern with a great result.
Something has obviously made me laugh for this last outtake…