I have been gone a while as I have had much decorating to do, including huge curtains to sew. I really intensely dislike making curtains but the feeling of achievement when they're finished (not to mention the relief) makes it worth it!
Thank you for your comments on my tartan Elisalex. I really enjoyed making that dress (and wearing it).
I made this latest version of Vogue 8184 back in March and then forgot about it, and Saturday was the first time I'd worn it, the British weather being what it is. It's made from quilting cotton, as indeed are all my other versions of this pattern. I feel that the fabric, along with the boning (or in my case, plastic rigilene), gives much needed structure to the bodice. All my versions also have self-lined bodices.
What can I say about this that I haven't said before! I do love this pattern; it fits me perfectly with no alterations, it's fitted without being uncomfortable. In fact it's very comfortable. And it's such a quick make as well. It might be strapless (something I didn't think I would wear much), but it's a definite wardrobe staple for me, for summer. I could happily live in these dresses and probably will.
One thing, and it's my own mistake: having spent ages choosing which planets to put where, I didn't notice that I had doubled up on the ringed planet at the waistline until the dress was made, and now it drives me mad. Oh well, hopefully I have learnt to be more careful in future.