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Vogue Patterns: 1309 (Misses Tunic and Pants) thumbsup - Type:Tops    printable version
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Reviewed by:CatMukai
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Posted on:8/19/12 5:30 PM
Last Updated:11/9/13 0:30 AM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 1309 by CatMukai

Pattern Photo:Vogue Patterns 1309
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Fabric:Polyester Knit  [See other projects in this fabric]
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Pattern Description: Pullover tunic has front and back cut-in-one, no shoulder/side seams, upper right section, left panel, square armholes, left side back zipper, shaped hemline, stitched hem, and unfinished and continuous bias finished edges.

Pattern Sizing: 6-14. The pattern is for woven fabrics, but based on Ann Smith's enlightening review, I chose a knit and cut a size 8. For a woven I would've chosen a size 10, but I wanted this to be snugger in the knit.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. You match up the lettered points and sew them in alphabetical order. It's pretty fun, because everything's a straight line.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like how off the beaten path this is. The drapes are cool, because they are really open, but when the wind blows, you will feel it. You have to be careful about how you move, too, so you don't flash people. I ended up safety pinning the center front shut at the neckline.

Fabric Used: Polyester knit from Piedmont Fabrics. They gave me a generous 82" for a 2-yard cut, so I decided to use the entire length and make a dress, which is more reasonable for my wardrobe, too.

I ironed on 1/2" of woven interfacing around the edges of each pattern piece and the slit. I don't have a serger, so I used the overlock stitch on my sewing machine to finish the edges, including the slit. That worked well enough for this purpose. I left the hem unfinished and uninterfaced.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I turned the tunic into a dress, which is really just making the rectangle (Pieces 1, 1A, and 1B) longer. I made it longer by 7" in each end. I also decided to use a knit, so I went down a size and ended up making Piece 4 only 5" wide, not the 8" or so the pattern calls for. Also, since it's a knit, there's no zipper and this has ended up being the easiest thing I have to wear.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes! My fabric was 60" wide, and the main rectangle of this pattern is only 17.5" wide, so I will be making an identical version. The differences will be a longer and thinner godet (Piece 3), because I had a modesty and fit issue on the right side. For now I've just pinched a bit out and pinned it, but for the next dress I think changing Piece 3 will get the job done.

Conclusion: I'm already planning my next version! Luckily I googled the pattern and in addition to Ann Smith's review found some bloggers' notes on the tunic. They recommended marking all pattern points on the right side of the fabric with painter's tape, which I did: Construction.

I do wish there was a little less exposure and I could wear this to work, but I think for round 2 I'm going to raise the length of the side panels and see if I can't tack the back together so it's not so low.

Left Side

Right Side


November 2013 Update The knits I've bought are 60" wide, so when I make this dress, I make two. My best friend and I now have TWO matching dresses. Here we are in the latest iterations, in a dressier black poly with gold flocking:

Front of hers


Front of mine

Back of mine

She had also requested a flared skirt. You can (hopefully) see here how I modified the long left-side rectangle to add a flare below the waist. It worked on hers, and in fact when I tried her dress on before mailing it off I thought it was more fun with the flare, too!

Flared pattern piece
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crazygrad said...
Like that print!
8/19/12 5:40 PM
prttynpnk said...
Gorgeous, I love seeing this in a dress length.
8/19/12 6:04 PM
CSY said...
Fabulous! The knit looks fantastic.
8/19/12 6:46 PM
GoodbyeValntino said...
Beautiful dress and it worked out nicely in a knit!
8/19/12 7:04 PM
hme75 said...
Oh wow, this looks great!
8/19/12 7:34 PM
carolynw said...
WOW - looks great on you and the fabric is just so right for this.
8/19/12 7:40 PM
Renata said...
I liked this as a top, now I love it as a dress. Gotta have it. Thanks for the push. You look totally fabulous.
8/19/12 8:24 PM
jenleeC said...
This looks wonderful as a dress! The longer line shows off the drape and stops it looking too boxy. Perfect fabric choice.
8/19/12 10:26 PM
sewtime said...
So pretty, love the fabric!
8/19/12 10:48 PM
DaisyA said...
Your dress looks great! A great idea using a knit. I have a linen for mine. Its still too cold in Sydney at present so i will keep on planning.
8/20/12 0:36 AM
Athene said...
Great results and you look lovely in this style.
8/20/12 0:40 AM
lamstu said...
I just LOVE your dress! (I think I will have to copy you and make it longer, when I get around to it.) Fabulous!!
8/20/12 4:47 AM
Blooms said...
This is gorgeous. I love the fabric you used and it has worked great as a dress.
8/20/12 5:45 AM
VivianZ said...
Lovely dress. I love the drape on the knit.
8/20/12 7:13 AM
duckbucket said...
Really, really cute.
8/20/12 10:25 AM
waltzqueen said...
Lovely dress, and so much nicer than the pattern photo. I just love it!
8/21/12 4:57 PM
miausiau said...
I agree about the issues with gaping. It can be resolved to some extent once you "get" this pattern. You've certainly gotten it and then some. Love your dress!
10/14/12 7:09 PM
Mandski said...
Stunning! Your dresses are so much nicer than the tunic pic on the original pattern.
11/9/13 6:51 AM
Christas said...
Excellent fabric choice for this pattern. Your version is much prettier than the pattern envelope pic!
11/9/13 11:46 AM
canei said...
Very nice!
11/9/13 1:31 PM
Heatherrique said...
Very attractive dress on you, Cat! You definitely would rule the runway in this. :-)
11/9/13 10:16 PM
liliv said...
Very elegant! Love it!!
11/10/13 12:21 PM
aaltje said...
I really love your dress version! Simply stunning.
11/14/13 3:12 PM
SJ Kurtz said...
Girl, you have this thing DOWN! I have made two, and now I smell a third with a flare in the skirt. Thanks thanks thanks!
12/5/13 1:04 AM
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