This dress is from view C of Vogue 8766. I chose a silky synthetic fabric for the fashion fabric and lined it in a white apparel lining.
This picture is actually the second attempt at the dress. For the first attempt, I used lining, fashion fabric and boning as the pattern directed, but it just wasn't thick enough fabric to make this look work. It was droopy and looked strange. (I wish I had photos, but I didn't take any)
I left the dress hanging in the guest bedroom closet, unhemmed and semi-finished and was disappointed that I would never wear it and didn't know how to fix it. Then, I took an online sewing course that dealt with bodice construction (the Bombshell Dress) and I learned a few techniques that very much helped for this dress.
One of the things I picked up from the Bombshell dress course was to make a more constructed garment and how to reinforce the fashion fabric with another layer of fabric. For the bombshell dress, it was a layer of muslin sewn to the fashion fabric.
I took apart the dress, which I knew was the best thing if I ever wanted to wear it, but it was still a little painful... I sewed a layer of muslin to the fashion fabric and used them as if they were one layer. It made all the difference! Voilà! No more droop.
Still, the only thing I don't like about the dress... it isn't fitted
in the bodice. Although there is boning in it and it has a layer of
muslin and lining, so it holds up vertically, it doesn't really hug the
curves. It makes the girls look pretty flat from the side. I would have liked the front more rounded and fitted around them (I mean, if you are going to bother to take them out to a party, you should cradle them)
I would make the dress again, but pay more attention to the princess seams on the front. Either the pattern needs adjusting or I may not have sewn them correctly. Or the boning needs to be adjusted so it doesn't flatten the front out. Or, I just need to make a smaller size... or just make small bust (sigh) adjustments.
Overall, I like the dress and would make the pattern again. I may make one of the other views with sleeves next time. I like the look of the lace on the view F. I would like to try that. Plus, the strapless version ends up looking so dressy that it looks strange if you just wear it out for fun. This is not a "I'm heading out for coffee on a Sunday morning" dress, but view F of the pattern could be with a different fabric choice.