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|Vogue Patterns: 1317 (Misses Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Recommend, with Modifications |
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Ralph Ricco dress.
I sewed size 18, but it turned out too big in the bodice. I keep thinking I need to move up a size in Vogue after gaining some weight, but 16 still works for me. I'm US 14, UK 14/16, DE 44
Were the instructions easy to follow?
There were good until #30. Bless you Loti for letting me know about the problem, I thought I was going crazy until I remembered that you had written about it. The picture and description is incorrect. The way they have you sew the pockets to the overlay doesn't work when turning right-side of fabric back out. You need to look at the next instruction and figure out your own way to sew the pocket to the overlay.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- The drafting was sloppy, both in the instructions (#30 is wrong) and in the pattern pieces (side seams off, notches don't match. I don't know if that's a problem in the software grading, but I expect more out of expensive Vogue designer patterns. It made me glad I got it on sale online instead of getting it local here where it would have cost 18 euros.
- Love the style! Very modern lines, almost reminds me of some sci-fi uniforms.
- The bow in front is cute, even though I left it off.
- Yay for dresses with pockets!
- Flap style elements add to the overall charm.
I used a heavy charcoal colored stretch twill. The lycra in it gives it more wearing ease and isn't prone to wrinkling.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I didn't add the belt. I really liked the belt on the original pattern, but have several dress styles with bows already. I also didn't have that much fabric, I left it off.
- I added 4.5 inches to the length and it falls below my knee.
- I lowered the front slits and raised the bodice one substantially. This is an office dress and I want to be noticed for my work, not my 'attributes' ;)
- Since this was my muslin, I left off all the facings except at the neckline. I serged and top-stitched instead.
- I need a size 16 bodice and 18 skirt next time. I had to pinch out tons out of the back.
- Since I am a square body instead of hourglass, remove some of the slant at waistband.
- Remove 1 inch length in back. Front seems OK.
- Draft out some of the shoulder curve for more freedom in arm movement.
- Combine pockets into one and make deeper.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I am planning on sewing this again in an amazing silver knit I found last week. I really love my new fabric so wanted to make sure I did a muslin first.
Sewing time: 8.5 hours. I had 3 machines set up. Main sewing machine in black, old sewing machine for top-stitching gold, serger in black for insides.
Despite the problems with the drafting and instructions (which earned it it's 'with modifications' rating), I really love my dress. I wore it to work today and it passed the fiddlyness/comfortableness test.
I was also proud of my top-stitching in the contrast color. I was remarkably consistent with it.
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