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Pattern Review: Vogue 1091

2017 April 16
by elizabeth_admin

Oooh!  I haven’t done an official pattern review in eons.  I think I deserve an award or something.  Hah!  So, my serger was out at the spa for the past two weeks and I had been ruminating on dresses to make for my European trip in June, when of course I decided to make a dress for Easter, but can’t because my serger was out at the spa.  Was that a run-on sentence?  Don’t answer that.

When the shop called me yesterday at 3:15pm saying the part had come in and my baby was ready to go home, I was out my door so fast that she had barely put the phone down when I entered the store.  I was cutting my fabric at 4pm and had a dress by 8pm.

So here’s my first official pattern review in ages.  Don’t get used to this kind of thing.  It’s probably a fluke.

Pattern Description: Misses Dress, loose-fitting, above knee pullover dress has elasticized front and back neckline, short sleeves and top-stitched hems.

Pattern Sizing:  B5 (8-16).  I made a straight sz 16 (groan).

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Umm, yes, if by look like a muumuu, then yes.  To be fair, I just don’t think this dress scales up well from a size 8.  But yes, it looked exactly like the pattern envelope if the model was a little on the hefty side.  

Were the instructions easy to follow?  Yes, for the most part, the instructions were quite good, especially considering how easy this dress pattern is.  The only tricky part was the sleeve facing which I had to unpick (serger unpicking is my least favorite thing to do in the world, other than major surgery) because I didn’t pay close attention to the drawing accompanying that bit of instruction.  So be forewarned!  Look at that drawing closely to know which side of the facing is facing which part of the dress.  

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  

LIKES: 

  • Easy, quick pattern to sew up.
  • Did I mention it was quick?  Especially when you don’t have to unpick your sleeve facing.
  • It’s not a fabric hog like some other dresses.
  • The sleeve construction and how they’re attached to the dress is pretty cool.

DISLIKES:

  • The sizing for the elastic is really off.  I shortened mine, but it still buckled a little after I completed the dress, but it didn’t bother me enough to unpick serged seams again.
  • Did I mention it looks like a muumuu in the larger sizes?

Fabric used:  I used a knit I had in the stash.  I believe I bought it from Elliott Berman, but it was so long ago, that I am no longer sure.  But it is a great quality and the colors/print are stunning so it definitely has an Elliott Berman vibe to it.

Pattern changes or design changes made:  I shortened the elastic about 3/4 of an inch on both the front and back but if I ever make this again, I would cut more, maybe about 1-1/4 inches, possible 1-1/2 inches.  A note about the elastic:  Make sure to buy elastic that isn’t too stiff.  Mine was, and it looks stiff.  Learn from me grasshoppers!  Also, I added a two-inch wide self fabric belt to cinch in the waist and eliminate (somewhat successfully) the muumuu look of the dress.

Any problems encountered while sewing this pattern?  The stupid human error of putting the  sleeve facing on wrong qualifies as a problem, right?  Other than the hour of my life I won’t get back from unpicking that seam, no other problems were encountered. 

How long did it take you to make it really?  Um, including sewing up the belt this morning before church, I think it took me about 4 hours max to sew this from cutting to wearing it.  And that included that goddamned facing.

Which sewing machine(s) did you use for construction?  Obvs, my beloved serger, just newly back from the spa and my Singer Featherweight for some basting and the neck seams.  Oh, and my coverstitch machine for the hems. 

Will you sew it again or recommend it to others?  Hmm, I don’t know.  My mom’s opinion was that it wasn’t the most flattering dress on me, but not hideous.  A confidence boosting critique to be sure.  I do love that it was super quick to sew.  It is SUPER COMFY in the way only a muumuu can be comfy.  So, that is a definite maybe.

Conclusion: I loved having a new dress to wear for Easter that was super easy and comfortable to wear.  Not sure I will make it again though.  Only the shadow knows.

I’m sorry to say I don’t have a great picture of the dress on me, but here is our family Easter picture.  It’s better than nothing and beggars can’t be choosers my mom always said.  😉

4 Responses leave one →
  1. April 17, 2017

    Your dress looks beautiful in the picture 🙂 Lovely colour, drape and fit around the neck which on a square neckline is NOT easy to accomplish especially in 4 hours 🙂 I think it looks lovely!

  2. April 17, 2017

    So glad that you got your serger back in time to finish up the dress. Also, it can be muumuu like but I loved my version for the days it was hot & humid. It was perfect for keeping the air flowing! *LOL* Glad you sewed something and reviewed it here!

  3. April 17, 2017

    Cute neckline! And the color is great on you. Looks like a successful reentry to me!

  4. April 17, 2017

    The dress looks so great! Perfect for the holiday.

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