Vogue 1395 is an easy summer dress designed by Rebecca Taylor. It was published in 2014 and since that time several sewing bloggers have made it. To name a few: Lauren has made it three times and Andrea made it a few months ago. Based on the figure flattery diagram, this is not the best style for my body type. I bought it anyway, determined to make it work for me.
- the gathering across the back and the tie in the front
- the "V" neck
- the appearance of a very comfortable summer dress
- the dropped back neckline that could make my back appear to be even wider
- the affect of the draping formed by the back over my sway back
- making an appropriate FBA without a bust dart
I found this lovely Anna Sui silk voile and lined it with a fine silk/cotton voile. Both fabrics are from Mood fabrics.
Again Andrea to the rescue on the FBA. She recommended this FBA to resolve the issue. I've been similar FBA's in the past, but did not think of it for this dress. To deal with the excess fabric at the waist, I lightly gathered it to match the width of the skirt. The gathering is totally unnoticeable once the elastic is inserted.
- Small tuck to reduce the gaping neckline, front bodice.
- Lengthen the skirt about two inches.
- Tapered the the skirt from the mid hip to the hem and balanced out the hemline.
- Underlined the bodice with silk voile. The Ana Sui silk is sheer.
- Added two layers on the silk voile to the skirt to reduce transparency.
- Raised the lower armhole by an inch. Too much underarm exposure.
- Made the tie a little longer.