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Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Vogue 1174

I can't believe I finished this dress in a week! It was a lot of work, but I was excited about it from beginning to end (and truth be told, it still needs two hooks/eyes and hanging loops). I had some doubts about the fit and whether this style would flatter my (lack of) curves, but I'm thrilled with the result.

Here is my version of Vogue 1174:

I discussed in a previous post that I had to take in my usual size about 2 inches around the top. Other than that, fitting was ok.

I like the pockets, but forgot to really show them in the photos (working with a 4-year-old photographer here). I LOVE how the pleats on the skirt make it stand out swishily just enough to balance out the rigid top half. I think my body-ful linen/cotton fabric helps. It's from Gorgeous Fabrics, by the way, but long sold out.

Excuse the wrinkles, please. That's just life with linen.

I briefly considered attaching the skirt like any other dress pattern (right sides together) instead of this top-stitched on method, but then I decided that's just part of the interesting design and went with it. Sooooo glad I did that. It's just another interesting touch to the dress, like the "piping," which is actually just a strip of folded fabric - I don't think that is technically piping.

Here is my back zip, discussed at the end of this post.

Inside shots. This pattern has what looks to me to be very high-end construction methods with the foundation inside the lining with a waist stay. It's beautifully finished inside (again, just following the instructions).


Here it is, styled for Easter. I didn't plan to wear a belt with this dress, but once I put on the cardi, my waist disappeared, and I think the belt helps define it a bit.

Things are very classy here for photo shoots. I have a photographer AND a photography assistant to direct me.

Some photos of the man behind the lens.



Patter Review is here.

14 comments:

ksmith90 said...

Your dress is absolutely beautiful, and the color really suits you. I think I need this pattern now!

lakaribane said...

Love it, love the accessories! Great Easter dress and the construction is fantastic!

Rachel said...

I love, love, love that!!! I have that pattern and fabric to make the dress. I just may have to move it up on my list. I really love the way you styled it with the cardigan.

Lois Evensen said...

Very, very nice! With the cardi and belt it is so perfect for Easter. Strapless it's great for a garden party. So pretty!

Bonnie D. said...

The dress turned out great and you look awesome!!! I also love it with the cardigan.

Binka said...

It is a great looking dress in that mild lemon color, too. Just add bra cups tacked inside for a clean smooth top finish. A pretty finishing touch on the petticoat would be a smooth flat lace that is attractive and barely weighty. Pearls would look very nice, as would a colorful brooch worn at waist.

Adrienne said...

Beautiful! I love it with the cardigan!

Amanda S. said...

Ooh, I just love the yellow! Now I really must get started on mine...

Eugenia said...

Gorgeous dress and it looks beautifully made. I love that wonderful shade of yellow. A perfect Easter dress!

Kathryn said...

Very cute dress Jenny! Can't wait to see it in just 2 weeks. Like stated, I like the dress but I think I prefer the photog and his assistant!!

c.roberts-brown said...

The dress is gorgeous, but I can't believe such a little gaffer took such great photos! WTG.

Alexandra said...

Beautiful dress! I love it with the cardi and belt.

Sarah said...

This is great! I'm so glad you went with something so fun and springy... Is it lined and underlined? How do they have you do that? The boning? Curiosity kills as I gear up for my own Easter dress...

Meg said...

wow. i have this pattern and have seen many different versions of it (mine is a little, um, different: http://bit.ly/qa5HQQ), but yours is by far my favorite! i think the fit on you is great and the fabric is gorgeous, not to mention your styling! so classy :)