I suspect I'm probably the last person in the world to make V8379. In keeping with the FrankenPattern Pledge I decided it was time. I cut a size 10 and made a few alterations. I could tell that the bodice would be too short, so I've lengthened it by about 2.5cm (which with this fabric I could have forgone) and I shortened the skirt by about 5cm. I also took quite a lot of fullness from the skirt as I don't like it too swishy. You may recall from last week that I dislike 3/4 sleeves, so I frankenpatterned the sleeve head from V8379 with the arm from my beloved KS3338 t-shirt. I didn't use the collar because I don't like it and I didn't use the facings, instead I twin needled a hem over clear elastic. I haven't hemmed the sleeves or skirt because this fabric stretches way too much and I didn't want a wavy hem.
The fabric is a heavy slinky knit I bought from Fabric.com about 4 years ago for $1.99 a yard, so it also sits nicely with the Franken Pattern Pledge and creates room in the fabric cupboard. I had thought of including this in my SWAP, but I didn't know what to use it for. The weight of this knit has meant it wasn't suitable for most things I had thought I could use it for, so it's sat in my stash waiting for the right thing.
I'm not sure if it's a result of the very stretchy fabric, but this dress is a little large. It may be just because the weight pulls it down. I sewed ribbon into the shoulder and waist seams to help keep the shape. I normally keep a large quantity of cotton twill tape on hand for this purpose, but I ran out. Of course, Spotlight doesn't have any. I wandered around in there cursing under my breath looking for something I could use and came across the craft section. I ended up buying these two rolls of craft ribbon for 99c each. There is 4m in a roll and you can get all sorts of colours and a few different widths (I used 6mm wide), so I think I'll go back and buy every colour. The ribbon looks a whole lot nicer than the twill tape I've been using and if I can colour co-ordinate, then so much the better.