How are you holding up through COVID? I’ve been up and down, which is a pretty universal experience. I’m currently halfway through summer vacation and today it was announced that we will be back in schools full time in September. Yes, in 4 weeks I’ll be in 3 poorly ventilated buildings per week, each with with 400+ kids and 35+ adults, while my husband will be in a building with 1200 teenage students and 100+ teachers. Sounds… doomed? Time will tell, and everything changes so quickly that who knows how it will actually play out.
Instead, let’s look at my beautiful new dress, the Victory Patterns Sofia!
Kristiann from Victory emailed me back in late May to ask if I’d be willing to model the new extended size range of her upcoming pattern! It’s a hard time for photoshoots right now, and I was happy to help out. Victory bought the fabric of my choice and paid me for my time. I’ve met Kristiann before since she is based in Toronto, and she was absolutely lovely to work with. I do so love a designer who takes feedback well, is flexible, and committed to quality!
Let’s talk details! I sewed a straight size 20 at Kristiann’s suggestion, even though my measurements put me in a 18/20/22. I’m 5’2″, and shortened the straps 1/2″. I made the midi dress because I couldn’t see myself styling the crop top or peplum blouse, but it does look great on the other models!
A few thoughts and suggestions for anyone else sewing this pattern:
- The shirring makes the fit very forgiving, and I have to say, it wasn’t nearly as tricky as I imagined! (Once I got the bobbin threaded properly, that is.)
- I used one and a half bobbins of shirring thread for the bodice. If you are sewing a larger size or also doing shirring on the sleeves definitely order plenty of shirring thread.
- There is 1/4″ elastic at the waist and across the neckline, which holds everything nicely in place. I could have shortened my bodice a bit because you can see it poufs over the elastic slightly… again I’m 5’2″ so regular height people need not worry!
- Because the bodice and waistband hold the dress in place, it is important to get the straps just right. Otherwise the will fall down during wear.
- I wear a G-cup bra, and you can see that the front of the bodice rides up. SOmething to be aware of if you really value a straight waistline! It is drafted for a D cup. I am wearing a bra with regular straps in all these pics, which you can sometimes see peeking out.
My grandmother passed away at 100 last fall, and I enjoy fining fabrics with hummingbirds that remind me of her. This fabric is a lovely rayon from Art Gallery Fabrics. (Did you notice the birds are upside down on the back bodice? I hope not!!!!!)
I took these pics on a stinking hot day, with sweat dripping down my face… and people kept chasing me away from the ultimate frisbee course! Bless the power of golden hour for making them turn out alright.
If you have any questions about the pattern I’d be happy to answer them! It is always exciting when a company extends their pattern line, and I’m hopeful my old TNT Lola dress will get sized up soon.
Stay safe, and happy sewing!