|Vogue Patterns: 1353 (Misses'/Misses' Petite Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Poplin [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Lined dress with front neckline pleats, close-fiting bodice (slightly above waist), pleated skirt, and invisible back zipper. |
Pattern Sizing: 8 - 24, I made a size 12 with a few tweaks.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? yes, exactly.
Were the instructions easy to follow? yes they seemed OK, I didn't use them.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Where do I start? lots of likes and a couple of dislikes. The shape of the dress is very pretty, love the pleated skirt, and the round neckline in front and back. What I didn't like is the tiny bust dart in the middle of the princess seam and the width of the shoulder straps, which seem too wide to me and not all that flattering. I did like that they included a pattern piece for the interfacing and the instructions on how to pleat the bodice and then apply the interfacing were quite good and I did use this. Also the pattern included the lining pieces which are different from the dress pieces which is very nice. A lot of these Vogue designer patterns have the special lining pattern pieces and that is what elevates them from other patterns.
Fabric Used:Cotton poplin with a bit of stretch. Poplin was one of the recommended fabrics and it worked fine, I think you can add some softer fabrics to the list of ones that would work. in a cotton voile or lawn it would be softer and more flowy.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I did a fair amount of adjustment to the bodice as I didn't like the dart placement. Also took in the center back seam a lot, which I usually have to do, even though starting with a size 12 is just about right for me perhaps I have a narrow back? anyway that is an easy alteration to do.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Even though it is rated EASY this pattern might be a bit daunting for a beginning seamster, although in a lightweight cotton it might be a fun pattern to stretch your skill set. Lots of marking to do. Note that the waist seam is about 1 inch above the actual waist, so the pleats run around the waist and extend down to the hip. So for some figure types this is very flattering and for others it might not be so great.
Length: the pattern has you sew a wide hem facing which I omitted, I just turned up the hem 3/4" and machine stitched. SO that would mean it could be too short if you are tall (I am 5'3") Basically there is no hem allowance other than the 5/8" seam allowance. You are warned
Lots of photos and details on the fitting of this dress on my blog post.
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