A while ago, one of my supervisors at the museum where I intern asked if I could make her a dress for a gala. I said sure! Because generally I can follow a pattern on the machine, although my specialty is fiddly handwork (I think). And I sent her a selection of pattern URLs, including this as an afterthought, and that is the one that she chose.
Things I have learned from this experience:
- Shiny, slippery rayon is very hard to deal with
- Shiny, slippery silk charmeuse is even more difficult to deal with
- All of this is especially bad when everything is on the bias
- Asymmetry is confusing
- Pleating into a panel is painstaking
- Cowl necklines makes everything just a bit harder
The most important lesson of all is, of course, that when Vogue says a pattern is advanced, they really mean it's advanced.
Thank you, thank you, thank you, Mom.