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Vogue Patterns: 2880 (MISSES' DRESS) thumbsup - Type:Formalwear    printable version
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Reviewed by:Mary Themom
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Posted on:2/23/13 0:31 AM
Last Updated:11/2/13 2:04 AM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized 
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 2880 by Mary Themom

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Pattern Rating:Recommend, with Modifications
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Pattern Description: This is a romantic, draped, asymmetrical evening gown.

Pattern Sizing: I purchased a 16/18/20, but significantly altered the bodice to fit my 36GG chest. This was VERY difficult since the bodice was asymmetrical so each side had to be redesigned, plus there were a lot of layers (foundation, lining, and fabric).

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I was trying to copy another dress and this was the only asymmetrical, wrapped dress pattern I could find so I changed it quite a bit.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes, but there were a LOT of them! This is definitely not a beginner's project, but if you follow the directions exactly and don't need to make alterations/tweaks then it's not so difficult.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The foundation layer turned out to be unnecessary, altering all the different pieces was very time consuming, the shoulder straps were too long and too narrow, and the asymmetrical line across my hip was VERY unflattering.

Fabric Used: I made this three times, the first two times were in cheap, polyester lining fabric because I didn't want to waste time making a pattern in muslin, and was thinking I could use the mock ups for date night or something.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I removed the ruffles and the lacing. I doubled the width of the shoulder strap, and angled it higher so it was more on the shoulder - at the same time raising the neckline for more coverage. The asymmetrical seam at the hip was removed and blended into one long column drape instead of the original mermaid style. Also adding a slit in the skirt from the bottom of the hip gather. Made the dress full length instead of an asymmetrical hem.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I won't sew it again because I felt the asymmetrical line at the hip was really unflattering. I might recommend it to someone who wanted to give an illusion of curves at the hip (where I need NO help at all).

Conclusion: If you want to see more pictures and details about this project, you can check it out on my blog.
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RobbieK said...
The final product looks very glamorous. I never would have gotten there from your original muslin. I'm totally impressed.
2/23/13 10:57 AM
Shona said...
You did a fantastic job; it looks stunning.
9/18/13 11:09 PM
sacjeanie said...
The changes you made are just wonderful. Talk about thinking outside the box. Adding the length was a brilliant stroke. Congratulations. Love the Carol Burnett image.
11/2/13 9:44 AM
Nancy Rhodes said...
Beautiful gown! You wear it fabulously well. Enjoyed your blog post as well. Do you think you might share the family portrait versions? I would love to see that as well. Many thanks... for sharing such a personal route to a gorgeous result.
11/2/13 9:52 AM
sewbehind said...
I loved your review on your blog. It's very interesting the changes you made. Very lovely dress. Very flattering on you.
11/2/13 10:03 AM
caper81 said...
Wow, this is so very elegant on you & very flattering! I enjoyed your blog and it was neat to see the changes you made:)
11/2/13 1:03 PM
Kohl said...
Worth all that extra effort looks great!
11/2/13 4:18 PM
imsewcrazy said...
11/2/13 8:01 PM
material excess said...
Absolutely fabulous. I looked at your blog, and I disagree - the first try wasn't horrible - it just was kind of "meh" on you, which for that level of effort isn't ok. You improved it about 2000% and the final product looks great on you.
11/4/13 0:31 AM
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