Vogue 9237 :: Double linen, double gingham
Happy 2018 friends! I hope the new one has started out in just the right way for you. We were going to start the blogging year off with a new pattern but I’m sneaking in this one first because deadlines and summer holidays are really not the best-est of friends. This project, on the other hand, was hatched late last year when a lunch break had me flicking through a pattern catalogue and I came across Vogue 9237 and, more specifically, view A.
As it turned out, the pattern was the easy choice in this project because when it came to deciding on the fabric, I gave a spectacular gold medal performance in mind-changing. I wavered between plain and then colour blocking and then stripes and even this slightly more formal looking french spot jacquard. In the end, day-to-day wash and wearability won out and I went with two complimentary linens – Dinnertime Check for the front and ruffle and The Bigger Check for the back.
After deciding on both pattern and (eventually) fabric, I did the requisite social media research binge and found only a few reviews and just a handful of images over on Instagram. There was some mention of the armscye being quite small and the neckline looked pretty high so I decided to practice that thing that we often preach – making a toile. In this case, that turned out to be a very good thing. Also, an EVEN BETTER good thing? Silva was in Melbourne at the time so she helped me modify the pattern, lowering the armhole and neckline and adjusting the shoulder to give more of a cutaway line.
The dress has a centre back seam which I eliminated, cutting the back piece on the fold and creating a keyhole opening like the one on our Ruby pattern. To give symmetry with the gingham, I cut the facing as a rectangle and stitched it down. The bindings are all self made using the smaller gingham check.
Oh, and special mention goes to the pockets. The pattern has them perfectly positioned.