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I finally completed this dress today, just in time to wear to a luncheon/fashion show/silent auction charity event in downtown Portland, Oregon. I used Vogue 8787, an Easy Options pattern, with variations on bodice and skirt designs all included with the instructions.

Pendelton woolen mills originate here in Oregon, and are quite beautiful and historic in textile design. I was lucky to nab some of this lovely wool glen plaid in a lightweight finely woven hand, perfect to create this little bias self-faced cowl neck bodice sheath dress.

I admit, the overall fit, plaid matching and inner construction could use some work and closer attention to detail. So could my body, tummy bulge, posture, photo angle, lighting and photographer (sorry Babe!). I now officially consider this a working sample and learning experience for future dresses, plus motivation to get more exercise and eat less junk food! I will, however, still wear it and meanwhile “learn” from it.

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