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Posted on:10/9/11 7:26 PM
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Stitchmaker said... (5/30/14 4:37 PM) Reply
Excellent analysis and solid solutions. Thank you!
Shira Jacobson said... (3/2/14 3:27 PM) Reply
Smart lady! I'm glad folks like you post here - the crossgrain is not something I would have thought of, but you sleuthed it quickly!
ceejayem said... (4/13/13 7:52 AM) Reply
This is one of the patterns in my stash I daydream about regularly, but the negative review made me hesitant. Shall definitely try it cut on the crossgrain now. Thanks so much for the review, but sadly I have not been able to open your photos.
strongnow said... (2/12/12 3:09 PM) Reply
Fabulous review. Thank you so much. I have this pattern but have hesitated. No more. You have been such a help.
Seamin in LA2 said... (2/11/12 5:31 AM) Reply
Kudos to you for figuring out the cross grain solution and making this work. I was an early reviewer and abandoned this one.
Veronimuse said... (11/15/11 12:18 PM) Reply
Thank you, thank you for this review! I'm about to attempt this dress myself, but the sleeves had my brows furrowed until your review as I need to add more than three inches for my upper arms. (eep!) I kept thinking "HOW do I do this???" and was considering redrafting the bodice for set-in sleeves until I looked at your picture showing what you did. Eureka! Now I'm excited to get moving. I'd have loved to try cutting the pattern on the cross-grain except (call me crazy) I've chosen a stretch velvet and want the nap to lie vertically rather than horizontally. I expect the fabric's thickness will make the knot front a bit of a challenge. I hope to review it when I'm finished and HOPE to have good news! :-)
Mahogany Stylist said... (11/8/11 4:00 PM) Reply
Judy Kski said... (10/22/11 1:11 PM) Reply
Thanks so much for such a detailed and "very helpful" review. I don't have this pattern, but plan to buy it and try it out. BTW, I love the fabric.
fauxgetaboutit said... (10/11/11 7:38 PM) Reply
Thanks for setting us all straight about the correct way to cut this pattern (are ya listening Vogue???). I too had put this pattern aside after reading the reviews of disasterous results. Thanks again, I'll be sewing this up soon on the cross grain!
imsewcrazy said... (10/10/11 4:28 PM) Reply
Your dress is Gorgeous!! And I absolutely LOVE the fabric. Thanks for the detailed review.
wordchick said... (10/10/11 11:56 AM) Reply
I love the fabric! Thanks for the review....
bikegrrl said... (10/10/11 11:56 AM) Reply
You're brilliant to figure out what was wrong with this and generous to post it! And the dress looks fabulous, great print and all!!
melanie9313 said... (10/10/11 9:49 AM) Reply
Thank you for much for your review!! I am definitely going to make this dress and I'm sure you've saved me oodles of time.
Karine said... (10/10/11 9:37 AM) Reply
I love your dress and I think the fabric is perfect - not at all matronly. I want to make this dress too, so I really appreciated your review and being able to benefit from your experience! Thanks for the details and picture of your sleeve alteration. This is exactly why I love Pattern Review and all of the wonderful sewists who share their wisdom - thanks!
becca a said... (10/10/11 9:34 AM) Reply
Your dress is gorgeous! Clever of you to figure out that the dress is meant to be cut on different grain lines than Vogue indicates. Thanks for the heads up.
joanico said... (10/10/11 9:19 AM) Reply
Thank you! I have this pattern and love the look of it. After reading the negative reviews I put the pattern aside (with sorrow...). Next weekend I will give it a try cut in the cross grain! And thank you for the picture you made of the sleeve alteration.
Woolygal said... (10/10/11 8:29 AM) Reply
Thank you so much for taking the time to help the rest of us with this pattern.
VivianZ said... (10/10/11 8:10 AM) Reply
In spite of all the problems, your dress is great looking. Thanks for the review.
eruuska said... (10/10/11 7:53 AM) Reply
I have this pattern but haven't gotten to it. Thank you for taking the time to review this with your suggestions! I really appreciate it. Your dress looks lovely.
GoodbyeValntino said... (10/10/11 7:10 AM) Reply
Your finished product is fab..... I bought the real dress last year or year before. I've been wanting to try the pattern but now I don't know. Thank you so much for the review - it is very, very, very helpful!
ArtAttack said... (10/9/11 11:23 PM) Reply are nothing less than a miracle worker to have made a success of this pattern! And I love the fabric, too. I'd consider giving it another try but I'm already cutting up the tissue of V1257 to use under FBA'
unfinishedprojects said... (10/9/11 9:08 PM) Reply
Ann- I thought about that, but I went stretching all of my knits and none of them seemed to have nearly as much lengthwise stretch as crosswise (the crosswise was OK on the diagram). Also, now the dress fits exactly like expected- it would be too tight all over if there wasn't enough lengthwise stretch in my fabric. My guess is that Vogue's lengthwise stretch requirement is to cover for the grainline being the wrong way.
Ann Smith said... (10/9/11 8:35 PM) Reply
I haven't made this dress yet so I may be wrong about this but I see that the pattern calls for stretch in both directions. Lengthwise as well as the usual crosswise. Maybe that would make the difference in the fit. Lengthwise stretch would allow the waistline to drop lower and the sleeves to have the stretch around as needed.
Claverie said... (10/9/11 7:51 PM) Reply
Your dress looks absolutely fantastic, I think the print worked well. Given the lengthy and detailed review, you should feel good about saving others from potential surprises.
crazygrad said... (10/9/11 7:32 PM) Reply
Love that print!
MrsRoberts said... (10/9/11 5:32 PM) Reply
Warnings like this are gold for homesewers. Thank you so much for taking the time to post this despite your frustration - much appreciated!
jemgirlca said... (10/9/11 4:33 PM) Reply
I've got mine almost finished and will review it when I'm done. I actually love mine. I don't mind that it's a bit high waisted, I don't actually like it when things sit at my actual waiste. Also, I was warned with the previous review about the tight sleeve, so I cut the size 20 sleeve (I'm making a size 14) to get the extra width. It wouldn't have worked at all otherwise. I have the skirt basted onto the top right now and it looks great, I hope you can make it work for you.
GoodbyeValntino said... (10/9/11 12:19 PM) Reply
Don't you just hate it when this kind of thing happens? Thank you, thank you for passing this on. I was thinking about getting this pattern. Good luck!
petro said... (10/9/11 4:13 AM) Reply
An alternative fix for the tight arm which might work could be to insert a gusset in the underarm seam, if you haven't already recut.
Cody7 said... (10/8/11 11:59 PM) Reply
I seem to remember some other people commenting that they have to lengthen their waist measurement as the waist sits higher than shown on the pattern envelope on quite a few Vogue patterns.
ArtAttack said... (10/8/11 10:59 PM) Reply
I hope you have better luck than I did with this pattern. I tried it twice and both were wadders. I think that pattern is the most poorly drafted one I have ever seen. I hope you have a good outcome with it!
KathleenS said... (10/8/11 10:29 PM) Reply
Thanks for the warning. I noticed that the waist marking on the pattern clearly indicates that the waist seam is actually well above waist rather than as in the photo (not a good start). I'm interested to know if the pattern can be rescued because I'd love to have the dress in the photo!
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