My sister-in-law is getting married in August, and since I have the time right now, I'm planning to make a special dress. I had several patterns that I was tossing around, so I polled the ladies on Pattern Review and OOP Vogue 9668 view C was the overwhelming winner. I didn't actually buy this pattern while it was in print but found it through some amazing reviews on PR. I had to have it! So I stalked it online to Ebay (of course) and made it mine!
I've always loved silk dupioni and planned to make this one in a green, and one of the ladies on PR recommended Silk Baron. I am delighted with their products and service. Initially I ordered samples in Brentwood and Tuscan Olive. A representative from the company contacted me to let me know that they only had one yard of Brentwood, just in case that was the fabric I choose to order yardage. Talk about service! Most places would just wait until you order and then inform you that it was no longer in available. When the samples arrived, I was in love! The quality and prices are great, and I challenge you not to drool all over your computer monitor at the gorgeous colors. With orders, you also get three additional swatches of your choice, so it may be a challenge not to create a whole wardrobe in their silks.
I made a variation on this dress before (currently a UFO) and the fit was terrible in the bodice. I'm almost a perfect 10 bodice straight from the envelope, so this was quite unusual. This dress definitely requires a muslin because the deep front and back are potential disasters of gaping and wardrobe malfunctions if not fitted properly. Those bust darts are deep (which will be evident when I finish that UFO) which creates a major bullet boob. For the dupioni, I'm going to muslin this one and change to a princess seam in the front, so that I don't blind any children. I'm also considering eliminating the center back seam and moving the zipper to the side. Let me know what you think and stay tuned as I begin the construction process!