Tuesday, November 28, 2017

Snow White in Sensible Flannel

I've been eyeing Vogue 9265 for a while, waiting for patterns to go on sale at my local Joann Fabrics. They finally did, along with all of their flannel. I wasn't particularly shopping for flannel, but I saw this beautiful, richly colored print and decided I had to make a flannel dress.

Now, it's rather prone to linty-ness. And to sticking to my tights. BUT MAN, is it cozy.

Construction Notes

I made some alterations to the bodice--I wanted a bit more of a sweetheart neckline than a scoop neck, so I eyeballed the cut and then used my tape measure to even things up (someday, this "eyeball it first" method is probably gonna lead to some unfortunate results, but until then...)
Once I got the lining sewn in, the neckline was a little big (in my experience, Vogue patterns are almost always weirdly large in random places, but I did go crazy with those alterations, so it is likely that I am to blame in this instance.) Rather than go back and re-do, I hand-sewed in some little tucks at the center and the sides.

I used contrasting yellow cotton for the lining and pockets. 


Regrets: I wish I'd made the skirt a little fuller, and the sleeves slightly longer. 

Pattern Thoughts: This dress went together really easily, and the size 10 required only minor fitting, just at the sides--no tampering with the princess seam lines necessary!
I wish the sleeves were about 2 inches longer, as the elastic likes to catch above my elbow and the solidness of the flannel makes that into a weeeeird shape. It would probably not be an issue with a lighter, more drapey fabric. 

Styling & Shoot 

Photos by my lovely friend Dyann of Dyann Diercks Photography in some golden Colorado woodlands.

Dress: Materials bought at Joann Fabrics
Navy tights: TJ Maxx (Fleece lined and 4 dollars, y'all!)
Boots: Salvation Army (NYC)
Velvet Hair Ribbon: MJ Trimming (NYC)

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