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Posted on:8/25/14 11:40 PM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 1351 by csleh

Vogue Patterns: 1351 by csleh  
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
Review Rating: Very Helpful by 4 people   
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Available for sale on PR: $32.00 (See envelope) Click to Buy
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Pattern Description: Lined, pullover dress has draped front neckline, closing-fitting, bias front bodice and skirt, and invisible side zipper.

Pattern Sizing: 14-22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, only better because the model pose is freaky.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, mostly. There was one bit about undersewing I never understood so I skipped it. Dress still turned out nicely.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?It is a really simple pattern with just a few pieces. This might be obvious to others but to customize fit using a muslin, that has to be in the same fabric type. If making this dress with stretch fabric the size will probably be different than making with something like crepe. I made a stretch muslin, started cutting out my real fabric, then got super confused cutting out lining and the sizes didn't work. This was totally my fault since I was attempting to use regular non-stretch lining with a knit outer. Once I had another knit for the lining it worked out well but I'll need another pattern because I butchered this one with the sizes.

Fabric Used: Purchased at JoAnn Fabrics. The outer was their nice knits (jersey matte? I don't know). The lining is from the performance knit section. More expensive than the outer. When I was playing with the fabric the performance knit seemed to get wrinkly where the other didn't so that went on the inside. I thought it might "hold me in" better too. (That didn't really happen)

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Added to the waist area for height since I'm 5'10". Went from one size on top to a larger size up on the bottom since I wanted a tad more fullness in the skirt. This worked well as long as the measurements at the waist join were the same. No zipper since were both knit although I did baste and try on to confirm throughout the process.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would sew it again. i would recommend to others, but not as a first sewing project. Even though it's easy the directions could be clearer on the drape, shoulder join, and waist detail areas.

Conclusion: I got so many complements on this dress! I wore it as a mother of the bride dress with a fabulous kentucky-derby style hat and the sophisticated design of the dress worked well. I will probably make this in another color, since it is so comfortable. I will lower the waist even more because even though I did a test, I think the different knit lays a bit differently. The bias cut worked out really nicely. I have seen a few photos where a panty line shows more than I expected but the dress doesn't cling, it more graces off curves. My side seams ended a bit wonky due to my pattern butchering fiasco but the dress still looked great. Any weirdness in the photos is because I forgot to stand up straight and suck in my belly, not the fault of the dress.
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judypin said...
Even with the pattern issues, it turned out great - congratulations!
8/26/14 10:52 AM
Texahoma said...
You look fabulous, congrats on being mother of the bride!
8/26/14 2:04 PM
Sheseams said...
Nicely done
8/26/14 8:25 PM
Debbie Dabbles said...
Congratulations and nice job.
8/26/14 9:11 PM
Deepika said...
Beautiful MOB dress. I am actually sewing it right now so your review is helpful.
8/27/14 11:52 AM
petro said...
Great looking dress! Good choice for MOB.
8/28/14 3:01 AM
RobinE said...
8/29/14 11:01 AM
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