Ta-da! I finished off my striped version of Vogue 8787!
I must say that I'm quite pleased with how this turned out. The fabric (still available) is one of the pieces that I received in the great birthday haul from GorgeousFabrics.com. It's a ponte knit and is so deliciously soft and cozy. I lined the dress in a knit tricot lining (also purchased form GorgeousFabrics.com).
It was a little fiddly to work with but I am happy for the extra warmth as this will make a nice transition dress for spring/fall.
Alterations made to the pattern: I made a narrow back alteration and a sloped shoulder alteration after seeing how the muslin turned out (you can read about the process here and here). There's still a little gap in the back neck area and I think this is due to an upper back slope - next time I'll increased the back darts more and extend the shoulder so that it still matches with the front at the shoulder seam. I took in the side seams in the skirt by 3/8" on each side (for a total of 1.5") to account for my nonexistant hips. I took about 2" off the length.
I did away with the cap sleeves since they don't suit my shape. And I thought long and hard about stripe placement . . . and then entirely forgot to match the stripes above and below the midriff band in the back. Jeez.
I made one ridiculous mistake when I put in the zipper. The first part went in nicely and after carefully matching up the midriff seams across the zipper and putting in the second side, I realized one of my shoulders was twisted and I had to take out the zipper and put it in again (after going to bed as this was a sure sign that I had sewn past competence).
I got to wear it out on Saturday when I met up with a group of Chicago sewing bloggers (pictures to come). Now I think I need a nice black ponte knit cardigan to go with it as a kind of spring jacket. Maybe McCall's 6408 . . .
Next up? I'm working on some peplum tops for myself and a chambray skirt for a client. Then it's on to Elisalex which arrived in the mail last week - I am so excited for this dress!!