it feels like this has been a long time coming, but looking back, the idea only occurred to me just over a month ago. until then i'd never even considered sewing vintage patterns (although i'd always bought vintage fabric, buttons etc.) and now look at me :roll:
i'm glad on so many levels that i've treated this as a wearable muslin. i'm not sure i'd have had the courage to start without that "it's only a trial run" feeling. and i'm still learning about the fit now i can see pictures of the finished article. there's no way i could have considered making the whole thing up but never wearing it, and without the skirt and belt i missed plenty of fitting issues so just mocking up the bodice wouldn't have worked for me.
in terms of fit, it's fairly close to the pattern illustration, which shows a slightly blousy top, but i would prefer it a full size down next time. i can deal with the volume of the skirt if it's tempered by a lack of volume above the waist. i cut a 14 as that most closely matched my measurements (35.5-29-37), then added 2" to the waist at the bodice-fitting stage. in practice this was at least 1" too much, the skirt completely alters the hang of the bodice and the posture alteration from wearing heels makes it even more roomy.
i wanted to test the pattern so i followed the instructions pretty much to the letter. it was intricate (10 pieces in the bodice) but mostly straightforward although i found the inset bodice/yoke seam an absolute pig to sew and ended up doing it by hand. i've since read around and seen that there are a number of different way of reinforcing these corners, and i think i'd pick something other than the seam binding strips that the pattern has you use.
i was fore-warned by the only review at pr about potential floppiness in the yoke. i didn't know quite how to go about interfacing it, so i relied on stitching the inner facings a little tight, to hold it all in, and it seems to be working very well. hopefully choosing a crisper fabric for v2 should help too. i think i may shorten the back waist in v2, this fuzzy picture gives an idea of where the belt sits, as well as the spare inches around the bodice.
oh and yes, my shoes are too big :( amazing what stands out in a photo that you never really noticed irl!