V9112 Bouffant Ladies

20190324_140343I’ve always loved the look of Marcy (and Katherine) Tilton patterns. I know they aren’t for everyone, but I love her aesthetic. When I see a picture of her designs, I instantly know it’s a Tilton!

I purchased V9112 years ago when it was released, but couldn’t decide on a fabric choice until I stumbled on this fun print from Melody Miller’s Fruit Dots collection in my stash. I purchased a couple of yards years ago and had completely forgotten about it until I was reorganizing my sewing room last summer.
The pattern comes in sizes XS to XXL. I made size Small with a finished bust measurement of 38″ and 34″ long from the base of the neck to hem. After reading a handful of reviews, I was worried it would be too long for my desired finished look (I’m petite at 5′ tall.), but it was the perfect “just-below-the-knee” dress length for this mom who struggles to keep up with her 5 yr old! I’m in Texas, and leggings under short dresses are not an option most months of the year; it’s too hot!
I found the pattern to be a fairly easy sew and great for advanced beginners. There are many curves, so I don’t recommend this pattern for a first time dress. It took me longer to trace and cut all the pattern pieces and find the courage to cut into my fabric than it did to sew. I chose to sew French seams, which slowed down the process a bit, but I still finished the dress within a couple of evenings. I used Mettler cotton silk finished thread to topstitch each seam (except for the side seams) for a little detail as well.
For the hem, arm bindings, and neckline binding, I used the same fabric that I used for my facings on my McCall’s All That Glitters Wrap Dress and AGF Summer Basics denim skirt. I love making my clothing look as lovely on the inside as the outside! It’s also nice to use up those larger scraps!
As far as the collar, I cut two instead of one (the main collar and a facing), and interfaced the second piece to use as a facing. I used a lightweight interfacing from my stash and trimmed it down 1/8″ along the sides and top. I followed the remainder of the instructions in the pattern and tacked down the collar, which gave it the shape.
Overall, it’s officially my favorite dress, and Jon and Lo love it, too! I love the versatility to style it throughout the year, and I can’t wait to have a little more time to make more. Also, did I mention pockets?! Now, if I can just finish my Landers from last summer…