Thursday, July 31, 2014

Vogue 1395

I am often drawn to Rebecca Taylor's designs when new Vogue patterns are released. I couldn't wait to get my hands on this one, especially after several versions and reviews of it started popping up! My friend Jenn picked it up for me during a sale and in the same box she sent that, she sent this awesome polka-dot rayon she'd texted me about when she was at JoAnn's once. I asked for three yards and knew it would be perfect for this dress!

 Lots of reviewers had some issues with this pattern. Most said the armholes were low and almost everyone said the narrow hems on the ties were impossible. I didn't have a problem with the narrow hems, as Vogue's method is the one I almost always use anyway, especially on curves, so I've had lots of practice with the method. As for the fit, when I tried this on, I thought it was a wadder. The shoulders slid way backward, my bra showed through the arm holes and when I shifted it all forward to where it was supposed to be, the ties no longer covered the elastic waistline! Oh and the sleeves stuck straight out because they are bound, not just hemmed. But I tried it on again the next day and ended up just taking extra chunks out of the shoulders/sleeves (big chunks, I pinched over an inch out of each one.) This fixed all the problems completely. I think it'll be a new favorite for sure.
 The construction is different, but I do think the instructions were written with beginners in mind, although I still think beginners would need help on some of the techniques. Some things you just don't understand 'til you've done them. Just follow directions and you'll be fine!

So while this dress might be a new fave, I'm struggling with what to do with my old faves!! Some of the handmade dresses in my closet are ready to be phased out, but boy, is it hard to get rid of handmade things!!! Some of them I'll try to refashion or at least use the fabric for smaller items, if not clothing. My style has evolved quite a bit this year and some of those dresses aren't really the current "me". Time to let go, but it is hard to give away my hard work!

Oh, and you totally wanted to see a picture of a snail before I left you, right??
You're welcome :)

7 comments:

  1. I love it! I didn't have the issues with the pattern that others seemed to and like you; I love mine. It's a comfortable, cute, different little dress that is easy to wear.

    The polka dots are PERFECT!

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  2. This is my favorite version of this pattern yet! Is the rayon a knit? It looks so comfortable and perfect for summer :)

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    1. This fabric is a woven, but I wonder how it would work up in a knit!

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  3. So glad you sewed this successfully! You're right, seems like everyone is having problems with it, and I bought the pattern when it came out, it's so cute. I think I'll try it, after seeing yours, and keeping in mind that you were able to fix it. And I'll definitely use something drapey. It's so cute in your polka dot! Thanks for the snail...:-)

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  4. Yes, I wanted to see the snail! :o)

    Your dress looks even better here than it did on Instagram!

    I have a dress that I sewed early on that I just can't seem to part with. After wearing it many times I realized the little flowers on the skirt were upside-down! I have considered removing the skirt and attaching a new one, but I get a good chuckle out of seeing how far I've come in my sewing. :o)

    JJ
    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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  5. Hoping you see this! Are all of you OK? Was the earthquake near you? Will you please post something on bloglovin'. Prayers!!!

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    1. Hi, thank you for remembering us! The earth quake was on the Big Island and we are on Oahu. We are bracing for two hurricanes, one tonight, one on Sunday, but as we live in the hills in a newer home, we feel pretty safe. We may be without power and water for awhile, but I will try to update if I can. We have prepared the best we can with bottled water and canned food. Thanks for the prayers! :)

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