Lisa’s Vogue 8184 Xmas Frock

Here’s a peek at Lisa’s strapless dress made especially for our little soiree last Thursday. She chose Liberty Tana Lawn Tooth Parade for retro style Vogue 8184 (view F, minus straps). Isn’t it fabulous?

Lisa made up a *muslin first, sans boning, and it was a perfect fit ( *the muslin – cut out in a cotton from Lisa’s stash turned out so well – it’s now going to be another version with contrast straps and bodice cuff) . The final version, however, was not quite as straightforward. After adding the boning to the lining, the bodice sat out quite a bit above the bust line which was not nearly the snug fit she was after. By removing the boning along the side seams (only), she was then able to take in the extra room there.

Lisa says…I don’t actually think the boning is absolutely necessary for the other versions of this pattern, particularly those with straps. It definitely helps to create a lovely shape though. And don’t let the boning put you off this pattern – it’s really very simple to sew in. After I made this dress, I spoke to Georgia who is a five version veteran of this pattern (here are two versions) and she only applies boning from the waist to just below the bust. So experiment a little, and do what works best for you and your shape.

Who would imagine making up a Liberty lawn in a fitted strapless bodice dress with boning??? Well done Lisa.