Vogue 1395: DIY Snake Print Tie Front Dress
Vogue 1395 is a Rebecca Taylor pattern that I have admired since it was released, and have been waiting to make for more than a year. The fabric is a gorgeous quality tencel fabric that I purchased from Remnant Kings in Glasgow last year, with a snakeskin print. The fabric really is wonderful and is probably the only reason this dress hasn’t been thrown into the recycling bag. It feels so light and cool. Before you ask, this fabric is no longer available. Anywhere. Believe me, I tried. More on that to come.My major issues with the pattern are, firstly, it is far too wide in the shoulders for me. This dress was saved from becoming a complete wadder only because I have made thread chains sewn to tiny press studs which I have sewn to the shoulder seams of the dress (sorry no picture), which loop around my bra straps and are keeping the dress from sliding off my shoulders. My second isse with the pattern is how low the neckline is on me. Fortunately I had this light grey viscose camisole in my drawer which doesn’t look too bad under the dress, but I am somewhat disappointed. Going back to the fabric. I made a rooky mistake when cutting out this dress. I assumed I had enough fabric to cut it (I thought I did?) but it turns out I didn’t. Queue me searching every available source to try and get more fabric. I couldn’t get hold of any for love nor money. In the end, if you look very closely, you will see that I had to put a centre back seam in the skirt and one side of the skirt is made out of three sections of fabric pieced together. Fortunately the print of this fabric is such that it is not too obvious. It doesn’t bother me when I have the dress on.
I did a full bust adjustment on this dress using the method from Fit for Real People for “fronts with cap, cut-on or kimono sleeves”. This added in a side bust dart. Here’s a photograph of what I did on my instagram feed.
*Edited to add the only reason I did the FBA was because I felt I needed the length in the bodice front.
Pullover dress has narrow bias neck and armhole facings, V-neckline, semi-fitted bodice, elasticized waist, attached, single-layered overlay (wrong side shows) extending into tie ends with gathered back neckline, lined skirt, cap sleeves and very narrow hems.
8 – 24
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes…but the model doesn’t look like she is having issues with the depth of the neckline or the width of the shoulders or showing the sides of her bra off.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
As mentioned above, and this is obviously unique to me (and other people with my build) but things I dislike:
The dress is too wide in the shoulders. I have made thread carriers sewn to tiny press studs which I have sewn to the shoulder seams and loop around my bra straps and stop the dress from sliding off my shoulders. It’s saved it but it’s not ideal.
The neckline is too low. I will only wear this dress with a camisole which I generally dislike, but in this case I will make an exception.
Be prepared to show all the sides of your bra wearing this dress (plenty of other reviewers have also mentioned this). Again, camisole.
I thought the seam allowances used to create the casing for the elastic were too narrow and next time I would make these a bit wider especially if working with easily fraying fabrics.
What do I like: hmmm….my fabric.
Wonderful quality tencel. Feels beautiful to wear.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
1 inch sway back adjustment on the skirt and added the removed 1 inch back to the bottom of the skirt.
1 inch FBA using method from Fit for Real People for “fronts with cap, cut-on or kimono sleeves”. This added in a side bust dart. You can see a picture of how I did this on my instagram feed.
Lengthened skirt by 2 inches.
Attempted to raise armholes by 0.5 inches but if there was a next time I would probably add about 2.5 inches.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don’t know. I recommend but with the caution be prepared to make modifications.
I want to love this dress and I have already worn it but I don’t know if I can overcome the disappointment to make changes to a future version. Time’s a healer 🙂
If you have had a long weekend hope you have enjoyed it. See you soon!