Vogue 1496: DIY Sandwash Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress

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Vogue 1496 Sandwashed Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress

Hi Friends,

We just got back yesterday from a weeks holiday in Cornwall. It was great. Warm weather, beautiful beaches and fresh seafood. I am dashing off first thing tomorrow morning for a 3 day business trip to Barcelona, where temperatures are currently soaring. I made this dress a couple of weeks ago with Barcelona in mind, and we snapped a few pictures of it on the beach in Cornwall. This is Vogue 1496 by Sandra Betzina. I have made my version in a delicious charcoal grey sandwashed rayon challis, kindly sent to me by Stylish Fabrics. This fabric is beautifully soft, drapey and perfect to wear in hot weather conditions.

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Vogue 1496 Sandwashed Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress

Not a tremendous amount to say about this pattern that I haven’t said in my review below. I do like it a lot, and it will be perfect for hot weather dressing, and you can easily dress it up or down. The only thing I dislike about it is that the facing is flapping around a bit and I am going to topstitch it into place I think. Other than that, this is a really interesting shape and the way it comes together is fascinating. It’s made from just two pieces (front and back), plus pockets and facings. You might just be able to make out in the rear view picture a (flat felled) seam which joins the front to the back and creates the armholes. There are no shoulder seams in this dress.

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Vogue 1496 Sandwashed Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Very loose-fitting, tapered, pullover dress has V-neckline, optional pockets (stitched in place), front extending into yoke back, no shoulder seams, back armhole openings with narrow hem, and stitched hem. A: Optional neckline inset.

I made view B.

Pattern Sizing:

Sizes A – J.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

They are easy to follow but 1. as other reviewers have mentioned, the instructions have you use Steam-a-seam on virtually every seam. I didn’t bother. 2. There is no mention of finishing any seams (apart from the facing) and for that I chose to use my own preferred method of obtaining a clean finish on the facing, sewing the interfacing to the facing right sides together, then turning and fusing in place, rather than just overlocking. Instructions are given on how to raise the (very low) neckline and also how to pick your correct size.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I really like the finished garment. The ease of wearing and interesting shape. Don’t like the way the facing wants to flap around. I am going to topstitch in place.

Fabric Used:

Sandwashed rayon challis.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Based on my measurements, I should have cut a size E through the bust but, based on the finished pattern measurements which are given for bust, waist and hips, I cut a size D through the bust and waist and graded out over the hips.

I raised the front neckline by 3 inches.

I am 5’3″. I actually cut the view A length and added 1.5 inches at the hems.

I finished my side seams before sewing the flat fell seam that connects the front to the back piece.

The pattern and instructions don’t seem to indicate how high to make the side slits. I made mine 3 inches high.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Don’t know if I need another one of these in my wardrobe, but I do recommend.

Conclusion:

Breezy, stylish and something a little different. The husband didn’t say anything negative so I guess it has a little allure ๐Ÿ™‚

Great week everyone!

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Vogue 1496 Sandwashed Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress

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About sewmanju

I love to shop, but I also love to sew my own clothes, and am currently on a mission to improve my (fairly basic) dressmaking skills. I confess to going into shops and being outraged at the prices of some (not very well made) garments (is it an age thing?) and think "huh, I could make some thing at least as good as that for less" (is it something to do with coming from the Indian subcontinent?) So this blog details my sewing endeavours, both good and bad....I love to nosey through other people's sewing projects....now everyone can get to see mine.

36 responses to “Vogue 1496: DIY Sandwash Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress”

  1. Faye Lewis says :

    I really love a great cocoon dress. This is cute, love your fabric.

  2. robbie says :

    love that fabric–and the style. so comfy and chic.

  3. Diane G says :

    You look fabulous! I love the drape of the fabric. Great photos too.

  4. Sheryll says :

    Looks awesome, and the fabric looks lovely!

  5. Chris @ makeandwear says :

    I love the cocoon shape of your dress. Does the sansdwashed fabric show creases much after wearing a little?

  6. Tomasa says :

    Both the color and the dress convey a cool and comfy feel to it. Keep cool in Barcelona!

  7. Michelle says :

    This looks lovely! Your version looks much nicer than the pattern! Very tempted to try this one…

  8. maryfunt says :

    This looks wonderful for a hot weather wear and I’m sure will be a welcome addition to your wardrobe in hot, hot Barcelona. Enjoy your stay and hope you have a chance to relax a little.

  9. Craftastrophies says :

    I love this! It looks great on you – I think you’re working it much better than the models on the pattern envelope, who look swamped by it. It looks great in the pictures but I bet it looks even better with movement.

    Have fun in Barcelona!

  10. Candice says :

    Really cute, Manju! I may have to re-visit this pattern again.

  11. PatsyPoo says :

    The colour is gorgeous! It looks so comfy. I bet it’ll be great where you’re going, having nothing much touching or restricting you in that kind of heat.

  12. CurlsnSkirls says :

    Immediately reminds me of a similar dress that’s been the backbone of my summer dresses and is going to need replacing soon. Will have to check out the pattern & fabric – thank you! Hope Barcelona cools off whilst you’re there. ๐Ÿ˜‰ x

  13. Lee says :

    I love this pattern. I’ve recently used it to make a cocoon style maxi dress using black jersey fabric.

  14. Margo says :

    I love your style Manju! Thank you for the details about the length.

  15. Beth (SunnyGal Studio) says :

    love it, very successful version of this cocoon dress style.

  16. Abbey says :

    This is so lovely! OMG and your accessories are perfect!

  17. Julie Manouchehri says :

    This looks truly stunning on you, and the neckline is just perfect!

  18. Sew Jean Margaret says :

    This is a very interesting design. Looks lovely on you.

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