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|Vogue Patterns: 1117 (MISSES' DRESS) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Pattern Description: Misses' Dress: Lined, fitted dress, below mid-knee length has pleated bodice, tucked front, invisible back zipper and center back slit.|
Pattern Sizing: DD (12, 14, 16, 18)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? On the hanger it does! But to make it work for my body, I made a few changes, including the addition of a belt and leaving the upper zipper open and pulling the neckline off my shoulders.
Were the instructions easy to follow? These instructions are unlike anything else I have come across. In the end, the insides look very RTW. The only issue is fitting - the whole thing has to be put together before the fit can be assessed, which was a problem for me. It is my fault for not making a muslin, but most of the time I just can't be bothered.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I just love the runway version in the gardenia print, but Vogue's version turned out a bit different for me. I wanted more of a sleeve.
The waistline was not quite fitted enough for me, so I added a belt. So did Michael Kors for his runway collection, so perhaps there is a flaw in the drafting?
I actually like the facings attached to the lining - it makes for a very clean interior. But I like to fit as I am mid-construction, which did not work for this particular pattern.
*Textured cotton bottom-weight
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I added my usual 3/4" to the torso length.
I also added a kick-pleat to the center back slit. I am always paranoid that a back slit will somehow rip open during the day and I will be unaware that I am flashing more skin that I am comfortable with. This actually happens: I once saw a woman walking down the street in a tight-fitting pencil skirt whose slit had obviously ripped and it was not pretty. I now do my best to prevent this from happening to my clothing!
The main alteration, however, was the way I chose to wear the garment. This dress is drafted (in my opinion) for someone with slim hips and a very broad shoulder/bust which happens to be the opposite of my body type. This dress was constructed back in 2010, but I never wore the darn thing because I was unhappy with how it looked. To make it wearable, I left the top few inches unzipped, folded the excess under and pulled the top of the dress off my shoulders.
The waist was a bit big, and not very flattering, so I pulled it in with some grosgrain ribbon.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think I am going to put this one away for now - it would require too much fiddling to make another version that I am happy with. I do love the idea, though. If you have broad shoulders and slim hips, this is probably the dress for you!
Conclusion: I am thrilled that I finally made this dress work for me!
More pictures (including those runway versions) may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.
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