Today's post is on Vogue 1314. This is a Tracy Reese pattern that was published a few years ago. I first tried it out shortly after the release. Since then, I have concluded that most knit dresses with ruching on the sides are not the best for me.
This dress does require an FBA but doing so caused way too much fabric to accumulate below the bust area. The affect of the ruching disappears in the excess fabric. With first version I tried to reduce the FBA by half to see if that would help. It didn't.
So I decided to try to made a simple t-shirt type dress using the lining (front and back) instead. This worked, but was not perfect for a few reasons. The first had to do with again the excess fabric below the bust. Vertical darts could easily eliminate that problem. The second issue was much more glaring. My fabric was not as pretty on the body as it was on the cutting table at Vogue in Evanston.
I found it on the assorted knit table. It called me, but I should not have answered. Oh it's pretty. This sherbet orange knit has a raised oval pattern throughout, which makes for an interesting knit dress or top.
The problem is when it is on the body, the textured ovals disappear on the areas that are curved or have no ease. And where there is ample wearing ease the pattern is visible and looks a bit wrinkled. I pondered the look for days and thought "I am not going to wear this". But I've spent so much time on this pattern and dress(es). I can make it work. So, on with the dress and off to Rainbow beach on the southeast side of town.
Clearly, this is not a good look. The stretch of the dress is not consistent across all areas of my body and it just does not look good. So this one I will give away.
But I'm not defeated yet. I will give this pattern one more try with a different type of textured knit.
Observation: All textured knits are not created equal. Be careful when selecting textured, colorful knits. Sometimes, when they speak to you, it's okay to ignore them.
Ruching can be flattering. But it must be in the right places. Please test.
Question: This problem fabric did raise a question regarding fitting knits over the curvy areas of the body. How much ease should there be for a simple dress? Half inch or inch? How much ease for the rest of the body without considering style/design? How tight is too tight?