|Vogue Patterns: 1240 (Misses' Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||1/17/14 3:23 PM |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Cotton Silk [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: |
Semi-fitted, fully lined dress with pleated overlay and high pleated collar
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, it turned out just the same
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I liked that there were not many pattern pieces
A printed silk cotton blend, it's fine but has body and worked really well in this design
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made the collar 2 cm shorter because I thought it was a bit too high. I didn't think it would sit well if the overlay was sewn into the side seam with the zipper so I left 20cm open on the overlay, made a little extension and used snaps to close it. The zip is 40cm long but the opening doesn't need to be as long because the overlay is so loose.
Pattern alterations I would have made if I had read the reviews of this pattern before cutting the dress out:
I would recommend making a toile before cutting this from your fabric. The armhole is as low as everyone says and you do get some side boob showing. If you work it out beforehand you could do a shortening adjustment through the upper bodice.
All is not lost if you've just gone ahead and cut it out and then found that your bra and too much of your chest is showing when you try it on. When I put mine on it showed my whole bra strap at the underarm!
I really like the cutaway look of the armholes on the pattern envelope picture so I wanted to preserve those but I didn't want my bra to show, and I liked the way the pleating lined up at the collar seam so I didn't want to just cut the excess amount off the top of the dress. I eased the armhole edge of each of the layers separately - dress, overlay and lining. Then I sewed the armhole seam with 1.5cm at the top but only 1cm when I was sewing the underarm area. After I pressed and understitched the armhole seam I hand stitched some tape to the seam which eased the armhole in a little more (I used selvages cut off silk organza because it's so fine but you could use cotton tape or anything else that won't stretch). When I measured the finished armhole against the pattern piece it was 2cm shorter which was perfect for me, but it is still quite low and only just sits above my bra strap so other people will probably want to take it up more.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'd love to have another dress like this, it turned out incredibly well and looks fantastic and I get a lot of compliments whenever I wear it. I'm not sure if I will though as there are so many other dresses I'd like to make.
It's a very flattering shape for my body type which is quite slim and athletic with a small bust, I'm a B cup.
This is a very nice dress and it turned out spectacularly well but it did require some alteration. I can't really imagine most normal women feeling comfortable making it up as is with those very low armholes
It is a great pattern for showing off a large scale print
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