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.
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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!
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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.
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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!
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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.
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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…

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