Posts Tagged ‘Vogue 1223’


The $3 Dress

August 7, 2012

I went to a wedding last week. The invitation said it was to be a casual sort of wedding but a dress still seemed appropriate as some of the other people I know who are going indicated they plan to wear sundresses. So I started looking around for sundress inspiration.

I really like this summer’s chiffon trend. I’ve always loved the wonder that is the chiffon overlay and when something I like is actually in style it seems like the perfect time to go for it.
After poking around online and doing some window shopping, I decided that the dress that seemed to hit the spot between chiffony stylish and cute/casual was Vogue 1178

It’s a two tiered chiffon wrap dress with short sleeves. I decided that I could make it a bit more casual by omitting the sleeves entirely. I also realized that I didn’t need to buy this particular pattern in order to make the same basic dress – sorry Anna Sui, and Vogue.

You see last summer, I  made myself a wrap dress that I still need to blog about and I used McCalls 6024 to do it.

Looks like the same basic shape to me.

From my stash I pulled some purple chiffon that was left over from the lining of the ill thought out version of Vogue 1223 I made last summer and I also decided to use some chiffon I bought at Value Village a few weeks ago when I decided that I wanted to be a little bit on trend and sew with chiffon. I believe the piece I chose started life as a dupatta.

These are the two different fabrics.

I decided the dupatta would serve as the top layer of the skirt and the bodice. The more sheer piece would be the bottom layer and the ruffle. The more sheer piece also has metallic strands in it that I hoped would catch the light through the top layer.

I modified the pattern by doing a semi FBA and removing the darts from the skirt. I wanted a slightly fuller skirt so I expanded the skirt pieces as much as I could within the fabric width and gathered it instead. I used the bottom layer to cover the arm seams since I omitted sleeves from the pattern.

 I call this the $3.00 dress because everything was from  my stash except for the dupatta which was $1.99 + tax.
I love it when sewing actually does save me money.

Here I am, all ready to go


Off to a Wedding with Anne Klein

August 25, 2011

So now that you’ve seen what I wore to one wedding this summer, here is the other dress I made.

I made Vogue 1223 by Anne Klein in New York. I usually like Anne Klein (particularly her shoes) and I was drawn to this dress because it looked light and airy, perfect for dancing at weddings. But, alas, in the end I didn’t like this dress as much as I thought I would. In hindsight I would say this had three causes.

1. The brilliant plan I  had to do it with two different fabrics and intentionally make the lining show as a flounce-like bottom layer failed to impress me when I basted it in place. This is likely because I did not add inches on each side of the skirt lining pieces to allow for the gathering that would make a fuller skirt and create the flounce look I was going for.

2. Because said brilliant plan was a flop, I did not get the visual impact out of the deep purple chiffon I used for the lining so the whole dress was a kind of pseudo lavender-grey non colour that kind of washed out my face.

3. I was in a hurry so I didn’t do a muslin first or do an FBA so it did not fit well in the bodice and was loose in lots of places I don’t usually need or want things to be loose

This is how it turned out.

I just don’t think it does me any favours.

I wore last summer’s Poor Decisions dress to the other wedding, and that was a good decision.


Update from an AWOL blogger

July 25, 2011

I have once again run into the issue of not being about to both sew and blog at the same time. Or perhaps more accurately, not being able to sew and have lovely photographs taken at the same time.

So, here is a quick, text based update on what I have been doing.

I bowed out of the SWAP but I did not stop sewing some of the items for it. I promise photos will come.

I sewed McCalls 5661 view C. I took another shot at the Rachel Comey blouse and am much happier with the way it turned out. It reminded me once again that it is all about fabric texture and draping.

I also made two dresses. I made the dress from Vogue 8701. I’m not entirely happy with the way it fits about the shoulders so I tend to wear it with a sweater. I think the fitting issues relate to the FBA I did rather the pattern itself, but since one of my major issues is with bodice fitting, it doesn’t surprise me.

The other dress I made was Vogue 1223 which I wore to a wedding. I like the way it flows but I’m still not so thrilled with the way it fit in the bodice. Clearly I still  have bodice work to do.

Right now I am working on my second attempt at a Vogue Advanced pattern. I am trying to do the Vogue Badgley Mischka Platinum  dress for a wedding I am going to this Friday. I am not as far along as I should be but hope is not gone yet. I am recording the process so i will blog it when it’s done.