Saturday, September 24, 2011

V1250: 2 Dresses!

Last weekend, after finishing the gift outfit for the "Friday Night Sew In," I decided to give my new pattern a whirl. The Vogue 1250 pattern has been out there this spring and summer, and I've seen lots of versions of it. What attracts me is that it looks good on everyone: tall, short, plump, bony, inbetween, whatever. So when my friend G Marie offered to pick me up a copy of the pattern, since she was attending the pattern sale, I jumped at the offer. It came in on a Monday, and I spent the week periodically puzzling over the directions and oddly shaped pattern pieces (there are only 3).

Then I chose my fabrics. For the first test, I chose a turquoise poly knit, lightweight and soft. I cut right on the size lines as per the envelope sizing, and it worked perfe
ctly: the drape in the neck eliminates the need for any fiddling to fit the upper torso.
Then, on to the fabric I really wanted to use. I picked this out because it looked like a watercolor to me, but the fabric was much thicker than I thought it would be. (Note: it was a poly-lycra blend, so I was just a dumbass in not realizing what it would feel like. But I'd likely have bought it anyway.) Sewing went faster the second time, and the dress was just what I wanted!

My dearly beloved opined that the fabric is so loud that I make noise without saying a thing. I told him that's just great.

And, with temperatures in the upper 60s this week, I was able to wear both of these dresses!

Now, using things I learned from these dresses, I think I'm going to revamp my long sleeved top with the draped neck, and see if I can make it better. My guys are watching football, so it's probably time for me to get those sewing machines making noise!

20 comments:

gMarie said...

Oh I love them! Have you seen the added sleeves? I'm headed down to the studio to retrace my pattern and try again. I've been buying up knits like I'll never get to buy another piece of fabric - ever. g

Debbie Cook said...

This dress really flatters your pretty curves! Since your dress is so "loud," it can just tell your dearly beloved to be quiet. Heehee

Food, Fun and Life in the Charente said...

I have to say I prefer the test material but they both look good. The neck line is flattering. Well done Diane

KID, MD said...

Woo hoo! Great dresses!

STELLA and RORY from Down Under said...

Oh Marjie, cooking and sewing? You are amazing. I have a big family too but can only just sew a button on and my cooking is pretty basic. On the other hand, my kids are all fit and healthy and eat like a plague of locusts so my food can't be all bad ha ha. Have a great day. No worries, and love, Carol (and Stella and Rory)

Claire S. said...

oh, oh, oh, they're beautiful ! 'course I knew they would be.

This week the serger is still winning the cover stitch battle so my tops are still undone - and so my 1250 is still not started. If only I weren't so stubborn LOL :-)

Miriam in KS said...

Beautiful dresses! I love how they both look on you!

Sewfast said...

Marjie...your Vogue 1250's are gorgeous! That pattern is very flattering on you and isn't it a super fast gratifying dress to make? I have 3 already and I have some red ponteroma coming for #4!

SissySees said...

Love, love, LOVE!! And I wear clothes/shoes that my FIL or the Knight declares LOUD all the more, just because... ;)

altadenahiker said...

Watercolor -- yes! Lovely.

oliemommy said...

I like the top of the dress. I was wondering if it look even better if the hem was longer?

Mango said...

I think it works better with the pattern. THe color flowing through the fabric matches the flowing fit of the dress.

Mango Momma

Linda said...

You REALLY do blue well......especially the first one.

Mickle in NZ said...

I agree that this pattern suits every body height and shape.

Your two look so good on you (if he finds that colour too bright then your beloved will just ave to wear his sunshades inside!!!)

I'll be watching for the sleeved version - the results from of your self, gMarie and her sewing friend cMarie12/Carolyn might even get me enthused!

The Blonde Duck said...

You're so talented!

Sue said...

Those look great. I love how you sew in certain colors. One time it's all pinks, another all greens, now blues.

Mary said...

These dresses are great. I love the cut and the neckline both. Gorgeous work. As always, I'm in awe of your sewing skills.

Sarah said...

I am sure you can find 'loud'! These are not loud! Love the neckline

The Blonde Duck said...

I have to send you an e-mail. I have a question. :)

Honey the Great Dane said...

Ooh – I just love those types of collars! What a great job you did – the dresses are gorgeous and you modelled them beautifully. I like the blue better than the red in the original picture, although I think both the patterned and the plain fabrics are pretty. Nice to have different things to suit different moods. But I don't think your dress is "loud" at all! Your husband should come and see the prints in MY wardrobe!!

Hsin-Yi