12 August, 2010
V1155 part 2: the fabric and the instructions
So here's the fabric - nice and lightweight, with lovely drape and natural sheen. It's ravelly, but other than that, and knowing I'll have to handle it carefully, I've no bone to pick with it whatsoever.
The pattern is not actually difficult. It's made up of 29 separate pattern pieces, some of which are facings, linings, and pockets, meaning that one will have to pay attention to matching all the various and sundry seam and dart lines during construction.
The bizzare aspect of this pattern - bearing in mind that it is just a dress - is, get this, every piece is supposed to be interfaced. That would be 8.5 yds of 20" wide fusible interfacing. I can understand the designer's motivation to give it a bit of that otherworldly body and reduce drape, but to wholly interface it? Big yuck factor here. Nope, I don't think so. Instead, I'm seeing this as another application of my copious supply of silk organza as underlining. Bodice and skirt, at least; I'll probably face the midriff and peplums with canvas, interface the lapels and collar, and just line the sleeves. Oh, and the midriff facings? Except for the outermost piece, I'm inclined to make them out of the lining material.
Enough musings for the night.