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.
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.
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.
Sizes A – J.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
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.
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.
Breezy, stylish and something a little different. The husband didn’t say anything negative so I guess it has a little allure 🙂
Great week everyone!
A few weeks back Vogue brought out their Fall 2012 patterns. Several other blogs have already commented on the somewhat uninspiring and very oddly photographed collection! But, given that I am going to be starting my sewing course in less than 3 weeks, and also because I think I need to increase my sewing repertoire, I thought I should order some new patterns.
Now, I could be looking in the wrong places, but I have not seen the new Fall (that’s Autumn for us Brits) collection on a UK website. Certainly not on the usual UK website that I use to order patterns. So when I saw that the Vogue Patterns website based in the USA was having a MASSIVELY discounted sale on ALL the vogue patterns (including the new collection), I decided to be brave and order some. Here’s the link to Vogue Patterns.
Here’s what I ordered from the new collection:
This might be a bit beyond my capabilities right now….but something to work towards. Made up in a burgundy suede?
I have never sewn a pair of trousers before…this is a Very Easy Vogue pattern, so I thought it might be a good place to start.
Again, a Very Easy Vogue pattern, which I thought would be good to wear over skinny jeans.
From the Summer collection I ordered these two patterns:
Again, this is in the “average” category….but I might be able to manage it.
Peplums are still everywhere, which is why I ordered the following top from the summer collection and a pencil skirt pattern to go with it:
And finally, this dress pattern, which I thought was cute and potentially could be varied lots of ways:
The total cost for all the patterns, including shipping, was $52 (about £32), whereas from my usual website it would have cost me about £80 full price. And I didn’t get charged tax. And it took a week from ordering them to delivery. So that is the reason for my smugness. Let’s see if the smugness continues after I start sewing things.