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Thursday, November 18, 2010

Vogue 1191 - looking like a dress

I've made good progress on the Michael Kors draped dress. The most time consuming (and boring) part was marking up all the dots, squares and pleats, once I actually got started on the sewing things happened fast. Admittedly for the first few steps I had no idea how the pattern piece for the front worked and it was only after step 9 that I discovered the front bodice was self lined! This seems obvious now given that the back bodice is self lined but it goes some way to explaining why the front bodice looked so odd.

I'm finding this very similar to the Donna Karan dress in that you just have to mark everything carefully and have blind faith in the instructions. The only changes I have made so far are;

Neckline adjustment a la Jacqui
The pink lines below show the adjustment you need to make, basically move the large dot on the centre front line up towards the neckline.


Omitted the centre back zip
Unless you have an extremely stable knit or a very elaborate hairstyle, I can't see any reason to add a centre back zip, especially as the front is a low v neck so save yourself the trouble.

Still to do are the waist facing which I still haven't figured the point of yet, sleeves, hem and to tidy up the drape and close any remaining gaps there. But it is really looking like a dress now and I feel like I am on the home strait!



19 comments:

Karin said...

This is looking good already. And the print is working out just fine too, I think. Can't wait to see the finished article!

Sew4Fun said...

Looking lovely! You always use such nice fabrics.

Vicki said...

It is looking really good in the print. Quite sexy :)

Lori said...

Very pretty dress and I agree with the others, wonderful print.

Digs said...

Very cool - you did that complex pattern justice.

Angela said...

Oh wow... it looks really good! What do you use to mark on jersey knit fabrics? I have a hard time finding something that will mark easily without misshaping or stretching the pieces.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Wow! This fabric looks amazing made up. This is going to be one gorgeous dress.

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

Looks great, I am wild for black and white prints.
by the way - last night I started Vogue 1117, another Michael Kors, I first saw your version on PR last year and really liked it.

Susan said...

I know you were originally concerned with the fabric having a pattern, but I think it is AMAZING looking so far.

Victoria said...

This dress looks spectacular! Choosing such a beautiful print was a great choice!

Gail said...

I love the print, love the pattern. Sometimes I think I shouldn't look at other bloggers work - they keep giving me great ideas.

Jacquie said...

Oh your dress is fantastic in a print! Stunning. You always make the most gorgeous dresses. I love looking at your blog and have been perusing it quite a bit lately for Hong Kong fabric shopping tips as I'll be there in a few days - Sham Shui Po will definitely be getting a visit!

Mazzygirl said...

wow wow wow! that is going to look fantastic on! the crossover really emphasises the waist area (in a nice way). I love it all!

senaSews said...

This dres sis coming along so nicely. It looks so far and the print works well with the pattern.

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Wow! I love it in the print! I can't figure out the reason for the waist facing either. Am curious to see if you end up leaving it off. I plan to make this out of wool jersey so I may want to use it out of a smooth poly jersey so my waist doesn't feel scratchy, but it doesn't seem to serve any purpose other than aesthetic.

A Sewn Wardrobe said...

This is so perfect. I just adore this dress in this print. How fabulous.

j.kaori said...

The print looks fabulous in this style. It looks like a flattering design.

Eilane Vida Costura said...

Hello, I am Brazilian and I am starting to sew now, here we do not have standards ready as you then have to build our own. I read your blog every day and I think its wonderful pieces. Absolutely loved your dress is beautiful and the print is perfect. Congratulations.

Eilane - Brazil
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Olá, sou brasileira e estou começando a costurar agora, aqui não temos padrões prontos como vocês, então temos que construir os nossos próprios. Leio seu blog todos os dias e acho suas peças maravilhosas. Absolutamente amei seu vestido, é muito bonito e a estampa é perfeita. Parabéns.

Eilane - Brasil

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Oh yeah this print is definitely working for this dress! You are looking good and the dress is beautiful!