Friends, I may not be the biggest fan of the movie Love Story, but I am a HUGE fan of the clothes that Ali McGraw wears throughout the film.
One of my favorites would have to be this dress:
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I loved the way it moved, but I knew I was not going to be working with silk. I settled on finding a knit dress pattern and decided on Vogue 8685. I loved the midriff detailing, which mirrored the original inspiration dress. I also loved that it allowed for a fuller skirt and long sleeves. Perfect.
For my version, I used some red knit that I snagged out of a remnant box during the NYC meet-up. I had been waiting for the perfect project and this was it:
I LOVE this dress. Positively love it.
The dress has been completed for over a month, but I was only able to get out and take pictures now that the weather has warmed up a bit. I've been wearing it to work often because it's so comfortable and definitely business-like when I pair it with a black jacket and heels.
I made some alterations to the pattern as I went along, but the main one was eliminating the zipper. I initially put one on down the center back seam, but the dress ended up being too big in the bodice. Once I removed the zipper and took in the dress in the center back seam, I was still able to pull it on over my head.
The neckline came out a little stranger than I would have thought, but I think that's just because of the knit I used - it sticks out instead of laying flat. Though it's evenly stitched, when it sticks out, it appears to have a few waves in it. I'm wondering if I should double edge stitch it (like the other seams on this dress), but it's not bothering me too much to stop wearing it.
I did come across a problem with the dress while we were taking pictures, unfortunately...
I am definitely going to have to be vigilant against gusts of wind!
Overall, this is probably one of my favorite things I've made so far this year. I will definitely be making this pattern again, probably in a blue or green... or maybe pink, since I appear to have a large amount of pink knit in my closet :)
Friends, how do you feel about Love Story? Love the story or love the fashion? Or both?
Let me know in the comments, and thanks for reading! XOXO!