Monday, July 23, 2012

Vogue 1250...out of the pattern stash!


Before I dove into my summer sheath/shift dresses, I pulled out a pretty piece of knit fabric from my stash. I think I bought this one at Field’s Fabrics last summer when we were in Michigan. It’s a lovely weight, and I was crazy about that print. But I only bought about a yard and 5/8ths.

I had Vogue 1250 put aside for months…I thought I was the only one in the world that had not made this dress until I was reading Catherine Daze’s blog a few days ago and she thought SHE was the only person in the world that had not made this dress! So , together, we are the two people who are making Vogue 1250 this week….I left her a comment that we could very well start a new wave of Vogue 1250’s! Then I saw that Cennetta was also on the Vogue 1250 train, too! And she made a fabulous version.

Well, after some creative layout, which included cutting the bodice of the dress in two pieces instead of on the fold (creating a seam in the back bodice), I was able to squeeze this dress out of a yard and 5/8ths. And that even includes placing the pattern so I didn’t get two medallions where I didn’t need them! Good fortune was with me…there was just enough room…leaving enough for a back neck facing band. Barely!

Let’s see…this dress has been reviewed and re-reviewed and reviewed again, but I will bore you with the details of my modifications:

I cut an 18. Since it has such an interesting construction, I just wasn’t sure what would happen and didn’t feel like fussing around with FBA, a muslin, etc. I was hot and cranky and determined I would make this work. I really could have cut a 16 and drafted down to a 14 for the bottom of the dress. So, I took in the back (at my aforementioned back seam), took in the side seams, and took in the back skirt seam. I also shorted the back bodice by about an inch. And you know what? It worked!

Oh! I also forgot to do the darts at the shoulders…but that worked out fine, too. Gave me a little more drape at the neckline. And that’s okay with me.
And this is how I wore it to work today:
(can you tell I'm having camera issues?)

I really, really love this dress! I don’t know why I didn’t make it before this!

21 comments:

  1. And you look fantastic in it, too! Isn't it just the best dress...that's why I've got plans for my 7th one!

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  2. I love red, and you nailed it! The coral wrap is a really nice touch, too!

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  3. It's a great dress that looks beautiful on you! I laughed about the medallions. :)

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  4. What a gorgeous dress! I love the pattern and the color, and the fit is just perfect! Great job!

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  5. WoW... the dress & color looks amazing on you.

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  6. Love it! All your hard work and fussing with the small piece of fabrice really paid off for you!

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  7. It looks gorgeous with your coral drapy cardigan!

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  8. Wow, that does look good. I'm joining you as soon as I finish my Burda project!

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  9. Lynne, you look amazing! I keep saying that I need to try this one again, but now I KNOW that I need too..

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  10. What a wonderful dress! It is such an easy sew. Love the way you styled it.

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  11. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! That ishow you look in your great new dress. Love it on you and love it with the coral wrap. So stylish and chic. Have a great vacation.

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  12. A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!!! That ishow you look in your great new dress. Love it on you and love it with the coral wrap. So stylish and chic. Have a great vacation.

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  13. It's gorgeous on you! And I have yet to make this dress so you are definitely not the last.

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  14. I love this dress and I love how you've styled it too. Fabulous.

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  15. Oh wow- that is a great print and pattern combo- you look amazing!

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  16. Love the fabric - the print is lovely. And I feel left out not having this pattern!LOL or maybe I do?

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  17. What a fabulous color and shape on you! I just saw CAbi's new fall collection--do you have your eye on anything to copy?

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  18. Looking fabulous in this classic.

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