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Friday, May 6, 2011

Vogue 1236 DKNY dress

Remember me?? Like the UK we have had a bumper crop of public holidays here in Hong Kong recently and we still have another one next Tuesday. You might think this would mean I get more sewing and blogging done but the opposite seems to be true, I get thrown out of my usual routine. Not that I'm complaining! Besides I can't sew all the time, not least because my closet is sadly too small.

I have made a dress - not the one I was planning to make of course, but another DKNY from the recent batch of Vogue patterns - V1236.


I almost didn't buy this because it is a pretty basic dress and I am sure I have something similar somewhere, but I'm glad I did. It is, like all DKNY patterns I have tried, cut really well and as a bonus it is incredibly easy to sew. I just made a straight size 12, no alterations based on the finished measurements printed on the pattern and this turned out fine.




I used a semi sheer dot large spotted cotton fabric - it's sheer between the spots so I interlined with a taupe/gold china silk. The effect is very subtle - I did experiment with brighter colours but it looked like cheap tacky lingerie!


The original pattern is unlined and has combined neck/sleeve facings so I changed the construction a bit due to my fabric. I attached the lining at the neck and sleeves and then made bias strips for these edges, turned to the inside and topstitched. I left off the beltloops and pockets as usual though I do think they are rather cute - maybe next time.

I've had to lighten these photos so you can see the fabric so ignore the fact I look like a blurry pale ghost.





Despite its simplicity I think this is a very versatile pattern, this version can work for day or night, but I can see some more summery ones in my (too small) closet in the future.

41 comments:

coffeeaddict said...

If I were making this for myself I'd definitely include the pockets and add cap sleeves.
I love your fabric choice and the champagne silk lining. I love this colour and it's one I buy in large quntities (besides black and white of course) to have at hand for the spur of the moment projects.

AllisonC said...

Yes I must admit I feel a bit exposed with bare arms but it's about to get so hot here that I will be glad of them soon!

Karin said...

Cute dress! It looks great on you and must be really cool and comfortable to wear. Don't worry about your arms- they look slim and toned!

toboldlysew said...

Great dress! As usual, a wonderful fabric choice, and I love the underlining effect - very elegant! I'm definitely going to have to get to HK for fabric shopping one of these days! x

Adrienne said...

Beautiful dress! I have some fabric very similar that's white and a one that's a khaki color that I can not wait to use!

Kristine said...

Perfect marraige of fabric, lining, and pattern! I love it!!!

Irene said...

Wonderful dress! Now I know that I'll have to nab this pattern for myself. Thanks for the inspiration.

Nancy K said...

Love it. I love the fabric far better than the original as well. Fantastic, simple summer dress.

Lisette M said...

I also love this pattern. Your dress turned out beautiful, I like the subtle effect of the fabrics you chose.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

What a great dress! Your fabric choices really make this dress shine.

Erica B. said...

Beautiful! Fabulous job as always! that is such a great fabric that really dressed up such a simple pattern.

Amanda S. said...

Love it! The fabric and lining are a great pick for this pattern. Enjoy your day off!

JoanneM said...

This looks super on you.
I too ignored this pattern because I knew I "must" have something similar in the stash.
Yours looks so much better than the pattern photo.

Rachel said...

That is a really lovely dress!! You have the best taste. I always look forward to your posts.

Stevie said...

Lovely dress I love that combination of black and gold shining through! Beautiful!

Beth (SunnyGal Studio) said...

great look. once again you have chosen a Vogue pattern that I overlooked - now I need this one too.
nice choice of fabric for the style.

Jane said...

Allison, what a fabulous dress. The fabric is awesome and you look great in it.

MAD14kt said...

Well done!

Rebecca said...

Your dress turned out wonderfully! So much better than the pattern envelope. :]

MushyWear said...

I love the fabric you used, and underlining in a neutral was a great choice to keep it chic. I'll have to take a look at this pattern. I love the style. You look fabulous in this dress.

Vicki said...

Simple, but lovely! Perfect fabric and lining for it.

Trisha said...

Love that fabric! Great choice.

Aminat said...

You rock girl!!!, absolutely fabulous...

Summerset said...

Love it! Smart lining choice - makes it interesting, yet not tacky like you described.

Dana said...

Love the dress! That fabric really turns it into something special.

Carmencita B said...

This dress makes me want to go and sew some more. Great use of the fabric.

j.kaori said...

This is an adorable dress! It is a simple style, but perfect for warm weather. The fabric is cool, too.

Pin Queen said...

I din't think very much to this pattern when it first came out, because I thougt it too simple for my taste - then I saw what you've done to it. I've changed my mind! we have a 40% off sale coming up so it's now on my list. I really like your use of fabrics and, as ever, the cut and fit look great on you.

lorenakitty said...

I love your dress! I just made my version in a cobalt blue printed cotton sateen for a summer look. I almost passed up the pattern but gave the subtle drafting a second look and figured this would be a winner.

One thing I did omit was the pockets. After spending time matching the print at the pocket openings, I decided my fabric was too delicate - rats :(

Nancy said...

Very pretty! I love to see different interpretations of patterns- I love what you did!

Gail said...

You really are the queen of dresses! I love this dress in every aspect.

Gabrielle said...

Oh, I was wondering if this would look like the envelope picture and it does, great to see! I think this will be such a practical dress for hot days / evenings - and it looks great on you.

Angela said...

Lovely dress and looks perfect for summer!

Marie said...

I didn't like that pattern until I saw your version. Yours is gorgeous.

Handmade said...

Great fabric and cute dress.

Jacquie said...

Lovely dress Allison, it looks superb in that fabric. Very chic but not something that will date. The DKNY patterns of late have been terrific.

Sophia said...

Love the dress and the fabric!

Lisa said...

As always another fantastic creation . I love your fabric you look gorgeous .

Cennetta said...

Excellent fabric combo. This dress is great on you. Nothing cheesey about it.

amber said...

Great call on the lining fabric - from a distance it almost looks like a subtle eyelet. What a great dress for summer.

SEWN said...

I love this dress. The bodice especially. You should make another; it seems like the perfect summer dress.