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Thursday, March 24, 2011

Vogue 1224 Tracey Reese dress - finished

Now that the weather has stopped laughing at me long enough for even thinking about making a summer dress here it is. As always with black clothes it is difficult to see the details I'm afraid.


I realised as I was making this that I had not pre washed the fabric as my hands turned a blue-ish black colour! By then it was too late so I forged ahead, put it in the wash at the end and as with most rayon jersey type fabrics it was fine, actually it looked better, the seams and hems flattened out better than my pressing managed. My hands are back to their normal colour too.

As I mentioned before changes I made to this pattern were:

- Lengthened the skirt by 4 inches, I did not realise that the dress has quite a high waist so it's still a little short for me, next time I'll lengthen by 6 inches.
- Took skirt in a bit at the side seams - not as tight as shown on the model, but I did want a contrast between the very loose top and the straighter skirt
- Shortened the neck elastic piece by around 8 inches
- Ignored the measurement for the waist elastic and just wrapped a length around me

You could make this dress even quicker by eliminating the waist seam and elastic casing and substituting a belt or applying a separate casing. However I do like that the skirt is lined, it gives it a bit of weight and makes this a pattern suitable for thinner knits that I might otherwise only use for tops.



I'm pretty sure this one is going to get a lot of wear over the summer and I'm also sure I will make this again, but a bit longer next time.

34 comments:

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great dress! It can be dressed up or down depending on your accessories...Great job!

Jane said...

Your dress is awesome, and fits you so well. I am sure you will get a lot of use out of it.

Erica B. said...

Great dress! It's on my list as well!

katherine h said...

Lovely dress. The line drawing for that pattern suggested to me that it would be a bulky dress, so I did no consider it, but yours is very flattering, so I will have to reconsider. It looks both comfy and chic.

Shari said...

Great dress! Looks wonderful on you.

Irene said...

Wonderful dress! You look lovely. Seems that quite a few patterns these days require a lengthening of the skirt (well, at least for some of us).

Christiana said...

You look great. What a wonderful wardrobe addition, so versatile. I'm sure you'll find lots of occaisions to wear this dress.

Christiana
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JoanneM said...

LOVE it. On my list!

the Cupcake Goddess said...

It looks terribly comfortable! I love that's it black too just because black can go with anything! It really turned out fabulous and think of all the places you'll go in it. Looks like it's probably rather comfy too! I love it! What a great dress! Need that pattern now!

xoxo,
Sunni

meli88a said...

This is an awesome dress. It looks so easy to wear!

cyberdaze said...

I really like your version - better than the envelope.

Gail said...

You will wear this dress out before you tire of it. There is a lot to be said for a basic black dress.

coffeeaddict said...

It's lovely and a perfect above the knee length! I agree on lining it, it gives it a bit of sturcture but it still drapes beautifully.

Vicki said...

Great dress. I like the short length on you. Very cute -especially with those shoes ;)

montanachic said...

beautiful, very figure flattering:)

Dei said...

Awesome. Looks perfect on you. Love the shades.

Rachel said...

That is really elegant and pretty!!! It fits you perfectly!

The Slapdash Sewist said...

So much nicer than the line drawing indicates! This is so elegant on you. Although I respectfully disagree about the length--you can wear this 2 inches shorter than it is here, don't go longer! (But I know how you feel, I am getting so prudish about hemlines as the years pass.)

Debra Martin said...

Count me among those who like the length. You look great. I like your version very much.

Angela said...

OOo... very nice! This is a great dress to throw on in the summer and looks super stylish!

Summerset said...

Looks great - I like all the changes you made to it. You'll definitely get a lot of wear out of it.

SEWN said...

Looks amazing! You look fabulous darling!

jacquie said...

Gorgeous! Such a lovely, wearable dress. I note your comments about needing to lengthen it. Is Vogue on some kind of paper saving campaign - all their dress patterns of late are so short aren't they.

j.kaori said...

Fantastic dress for summer! It looks so easy to wear. I also love how your pencil skirt turned out --- great fit.

Karin said...

Your dress is nicer than the example dress! I didn't really notice this pattern, and now that you have made it up, it looks great, and I want to go back and have another look!

Handmade said...

Looks great - very flattering!

Amanda S. said...

Oops, I missed this post somehow. Love the dress! And I completely skipped by this pattern but really like it in the solid color.

amber said...

What a great basic dress! Looks great on you.

Adrienne said...

I love this!

Victoria said...

You look Super chic in this and so pretty! I know this dress will get lots of use!

Anonymous said...

Hello there, I like to sew Vogue patterns, I stick to this brand as a beginner and want to get used to one style of pattern/fit. I love the dress - it is doable and wearable and the silhouette suits you - thanks for sharing

Kathy said...

Just wanted to let you know we like your version of V1224 so much we posted a link to your blog from our Vogue Patterns Facebook page.
http://www.facebook.com/pages/Vogue-Patterns/162123863798229

Jada said...

Great looking dress!

Kathyann said...

Great looking dress. It looks good on you. Everything you make looks good on you.