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|Vogue Patterns: 1316 (Misses Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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|Fabric:||Corduroy [See other projects in this fabric]|
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Fitted lined dress has several shaping bands and multiple panels, a central back zip and walking vent
Size 4-12. I cut my usual size 10 in the bodice tapering out to between a 12-14 at the hips. This hip is larger than my usual size, but I wanted to incorporate pockets into the design, which requires a bit more room in the skirt. In my opinion the pattern runs a little big, since I had to take in the bodice quite a bit, and might go down to a size 8 in the bodice next time.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you had finished sewing it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I was attracted to the complex banding and panels design, lending themselves to pattern through the use of tonal solid colours.
I was disappointed that it did not have pockets, considering that the side band is perfectly positioned to have a pocket tucked under it. But I knew the design would be very easy to adapt so that I could have my beloved pockets. And it was, and so I have them
The lining is not done in the best way, in my opinion. I don't really love lining being sewed straight to the shell of the dress like this. It is under-stitched to help keep it all inside; but if I was going to make this again I would instead make self-fabric facings for the neckline and underarm and attach these to accordingly modified lining pieces.
For the lining, the pattern stipulates 1.8m. In my size, I found 1m is sufficient.
Cotton corduroy in four different colours
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Pockets! I was determined to incorporate pockets into the dress, so modified pattern piece 13 to be a pocket piece, and also drafted another piece to be a partial facing for piece 12 with an integrated pocket lining. To accommodate hands-in-pockets wearing ease, I drafted the skirt pieces to taper from my usual size 10 at the waist, out to between 12-14 at the hips.
I raised the height of the centre front by about 1cm, and am glad I did. Next time I might raise it even higher!
Step 19-23: I prefer an invisible zip in my dresses, and I always install an invisible zip before stitching the remainder of the seam below. I reckon this gives you a much better and smoother finish.
Sizing; I find the bust of Vogue fitted patterns to be drafted too big for me generally, so I pre-emptively shaved about 1cm width off the bust curve of both pattern pieces 3. Even so, at Step 24: sewing the back to side section seam; I found the fit still quite boxy and not close-fitting enough for my tastes around the waist, so took out several inches in width from the underbust and waist, graduating out again to the bust and hips.
Ultimately these alterations left me with a distinctly more A-line skirt than the pattern intended, and I am happy with that.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Oh my gosh, I always say yes I will sew it again, and then I'm immediately distracted by new patterns like a toddler with a shiny new toy! But I certainly would not rule out sewing this one again. This one is just going to be casual, everyday, winter's dress. I've been thinking about the idea of using several bright clear colours demarcated by black bands, like a licorice allsort. Wouldn't that look cool?
I really love how it turned out! The interesting and unusual seaming pits your chosen colours against each other to dramatic effect. I can picture a multitude of possibilities for colour-blocking here. I am especially pleased with how my pocket alteration turned out, to be honest I probably would not enjoy wearing a dress without pockets so much as one with, so to be able to incorporate them so easily into the design was a very happy bonus.
Without any fitting modifications I would not describe this as a fitted dress. I had to take my usual size in quite a bit. However it is quite easy to do a lot of final fitting through the back to side section seams.
more photos with different views of the dress, and the pockets can be seen on my blog here
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