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Friday, November 6, 2009

Dress 3 of 7 - Vogue 1117 Michael Kors

This is the Michael Kors pattern everyone got excited about when it was released, followed by disappointment that the pattern photo just didn't look as good as the runway shots of this $2000 dress. I've ploughed ahead anyway, someone do tell me (gently) if I look a frump in it!




As I mentioned in my last post, although this pattern is rated average it is a bit fiddly and time consuming. However it is drafted really well and the instructions do give you a nice finish. When I cut the lining I really could not see how it was all going to fit together properly, but almost miraculously it just did!

The bodice fit is not as perfect as I would like - it sits off my shoulders a little bit and I had to wrap it a little tighter to eliminate any gaping at the front. The fabric is a grey lightweight wool, with silk satin lining - it feels really luxurious on, maybe not worth $2000 but not bad!


Finished dress with as yet unpressed hem, as Barney the cat is trying to remind me.


Close up of bodice - to get the top to fit me without gaping I needed to pull it in tighter so the pleats in the front bodice have almost disappeared into the side front seam.


I added a faced hem because I wanted a bit of extra length to wear this with boots in the fall, but still wanted a hem finish with a bit of weight to it. I understitched it and then hand sewed it invisibly to the dress.




37 comments:

Anonymous said...

No you don't look at all frumpy. You look very good in it. It's a smashing dress.

The only slight letdown is the hemline - I don't know if you'd ironed it or not (in the photo of you wearing it) - but it looks quite lumpy and uneven.

wendy

Kristine said...

Definitely not frumpy! I've been waiting to see someone have success with this pattern before I dive into mine, so job well done!!!

CyberGirly said...

I love this dress, so great to see it finally made up. I love the colour, it's really classy.

The V neckline doesn't seem as deep on your version as it is on the pattern - did you adjust this (to reduce boobage?) or is that just how the pattern came out?

Adrienne said...

I think it looks great!!

Lisa said...

Beautiful! Not frumpy at all.

AllisonC said...

Yes you are right Wendy, I wanted to get this thing photographed before the light faded and totally forgot to press the hem, I only noticed when I took the dressform photos afterwards, It's much better now!

Cindy said...

I am enjoying all your dresses. This one does look luxurious! The bodice is very attractive!

Summerset said...

Not frumpy! This is an great dress for you - you really have the right shape for it.

Eugenia said...

You think you might look frumpy in this dress????? No Way! You look amazing in it. This dress is stunning - I love it.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

You don't look frumpy at all! And the only thing you are missing is the $100+ per yard fabric to jack the price of this dress up to MK's price.

You did an amazing job on this dress and it is beautiful on you!

Lindsay T said...

I agree with Carolyn. It's a great dress and you did a fabulous job on it. You are definitely the queen of dresses.

Trudy Callan said...

Gorgeous. You do not look frumpy; you look fabulous.

Christina said...

It's gorgeous! So feminine. Nice to know it's not too difficult either.

meli88a said...

I don't know why you think you look frumpy in this dress! It's beautiful!

Pammie said...

A. - It does look very luxurious!! I love it and find that you took a lot of detail with this dress- thanks for the wonderful post! - P.

Erica B. said...

Fabulous! I've been waiting on a review this dress and I'm so glad you made since we have similar taste! You look great! I'm going to work on this over the weekend!

amber said...

Excellent job - it looks really lovely on you.

NGLaLALa said...

Love the dress!! Definitely not frumpy! Great job!

Amanda S. said...

Great dress! I love all the pleating in the front and totally didn't notice this when it first came out. I had to laugh at your "a frump" comment. I can just hear you saying that with an English accent. :)

Teddie said...

I really like this dress, it's so feminine and ik looks great on you.

Shannon said...

You look fab in this dress - certainly not frumpy at all!

Marybeth said...

Frumpy?!? This dress looks great on you... I love the seaming at the waist line - I couldn't really see that too well on the pattern envelope... Beautiful work...

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

You finished it! It is so great on. So classy/classic. I don't think it looks frumpy at all - sophisticated yes, frumpy no. Thanks again for posting the details. I feel confident enough to have another go at it.

Marji said...

Late to the party, but I'll add my two-cents: Not at all frumpy. Very sophisticated and tailored looking. This one is going on my short list.

Anonymous said...

Frumpy?! Allison, you crack me up! This is straight up classy, all the way. Bravo!

SherryV

verobirdie said...

You are just fabulous in that dress. Thanks for sharing your experience with us!

JoanneM said...

Stunning dress.

j.kaori said...

What a beautiful dress --- I love the draped bodice. And Barney is so cute!

equatorcollection said...

Looks pretty sleek to me. It looks luxurious enough and great job on this!

Beth said...

Like they said: You look great and you look great in the dress too. :-)

Beth

cidell said...

Frumpy? Are you kidding me with this? you look TERRIFIC!!

Gail said...

Absolutely nothing frumpy about it.

mem said...

It looks great!! Quite Va va Voom. I have had similar issues with crossed bodices like this and found that I had to shorten the diagonal by taking a tuck out of the neck line edge and then releasing it to fit over my bust . I also used tape in the diagoanl neck seam to stop gaping. I used a toile to work this out and then used that as my pattern.

Karin said...

You look gorgeous. What a great dress, very classy. Beautiful!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

It's fabulous! A really chic dress with interesting details and not boring or frumpy at all.

Vicki said...

Very nice dress. The details at the hip are nice and add a bit of interest. You are probably halfway by now to the 7 dresses!

Handmade said...

Stunning!