If you ever search Vogue 8813 on Pinterest you will be amazed by how popular and interesting this pattern happens to be. I became obsessed and actually paid FULL PRICE for this bitch, that’s how much I wanted it.
The teenager walked by the form and said, “That’s a shawl.” I said, “No, it’s a dress.” He said, “It’s a HUGE dress, mom. It’s too big for you.” I said, defensively, “It’s a LOOSE and FLOWY dress.”
Changes I made: I lengthened it. The pattern is a shorter dress and I don’t do that without tights and it’s summer so, no. I added about 12″ in a band around the hemline (later I went in and altered the pattern length, but this was my first attempt). Also, I made a facing for the neckline and can I say, SHAME ON YOU VOGUE for your lack of facings. If I want sloppy shortcut sewing, I go to Simplicity, thank you.
Also, the pattern has this very complicated business with the shirring at the center front, and I said, “Fuck that” and used 1/8″ wide elastic and stretched as I zig-zagged it. Much easier.
Fabric is a lovely, soft rayon I got in downtown El Paso last year the night before my heart surgery (a girl about to do that gets to go fabric shopping, it’s the law).