Vogue 8229

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I’ll call this my Not Quite Dress.  See below to find out why. 
Pattern:  Vogue 8229
Fabric:  Silk Crepe
From Envelope:  Dress is below mid-knee, has back darts, back zipper, gathered upper edge, neckband and ruffle.
back view
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Initial changes made: eliminated the bottom dress ruffle and added 12 inches to the length of the dress; eliminated the under arm facing pattern pieces and used double fold bias tape to finish the under arm seams; I had to take the shoulder seams up at the outer edges 1/4" to keep the collar from "flying away" at the shoulder.  I also used french side seams;  I also eliminated the zipper!  The collar fit over my head just fine and there’s enough ease in the bust to make a zipper unnecessary.  As I mentioned before, the collar on this dress gave me trouble, mostly because I thought I could do it better than the given directions.  I was wrong.  I machine stitched the bottom edge of the collar to the facing, sandwhiching the dress inbetween, and then hand slipstitching the top edges together.  This didn’t really look or do any better for me than if I had followed the pattern directions.  It just added alot of necessary hand stitching.
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I really liked the print of this silk, but the design really didn’t allow it to work as a dress.  Plus the fabric was soooo shifty.  Even with the dress belted, it wasn’t working for me.  That was the fabric’s fault, with all the borders and lines.  It was like a scarf print.
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Enter the scissors and a hem:
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Much better!  I cut a new hem right below the end of the back darts.  So cute!  I love this new TOP!  This is what this fabric wanted to be.  Incidentally, this is my second entry into my failed attempt to make my mini-wardrobe over on Pattern review.  I have one more top to show.
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