It wasn't until I started sewing that I knew what a dart was. Before then, I don't think I'd ever noticed a dart in my RTW outfits, but now that I sew I love what they do for a piece of clothing. This dress, however, totally threw me off. I'm so used to sewing darts on the wrong side I could not stop doing it.
This dress was my first attempt, and it's probably for the best that it ended up being an attempt because of how many holes I made sewing up the darts on the inside instead of the outside. I really think that I sewed 3 of the 4 darts incorrectly the first time and I think I did it the wrong way twice in a row on one of them.
Also, I had cut a 12 for the top and a 14 for the bottom instead of grading the bottom from 12 to 14. For this dress in particular, it was pretty important for getting the darts lined up on the bodice and skirt.
Determined, I decided to make it again. I ended up choosing a fabric that I had in my shop for a couple months that wasn't really moving. It's not too noticeable, but while I wasn't really doing pattern matching, I did try and keep some symmetry and play around with the fabric's different colors.
For the most part, it's a pretty easy pattern to put together. The instructions are okay. Not bad, but definitely not the clearest. On my first attempt, I not only messed up the inverted darts (and the dart placement, and the buttonholes by putting them on the wrong side. You get the picture), but I also found joining the end of the placket to the skirt to require more precision than the instructions gave. On my final dress I did try to do this a little better, but even then it's not that great and there are some small puckers that I can overlook.
All in all, I'm very happy with this dress. Straight out the gate I got a lot of compliments and I feel good wearing it.
Pattern: Vogue 9077
Size: 12 on the top 14 on the bottom
Likes: Very flattering fit and lines. Sleeves don't have a crazy amount of ease. Sizing consistent with other patterns.
Dislikes: Requires the patience of a person I am not. I'd recommend making up a draft of this before sewing.