Saturday, July 31, 2010

Vogue 1091, Tom & Linda Platt

Vogue 1091 by Tom and Linda Platt is a great pattern. It is fast, easy and stylish. I completed this baby in 2 hours total. Above you see the dress  as designed, hanging straight and very comfortable. This is not a good length for me but it feels so nice worn this way.
Here you see it with a belt. I think this is the best way for me. The length is better and it is just more flattering.
Here is my one issue. I am VERY narrow in my upper torso. Above you can see that despite taking out a full inch off the elastic, front and back, that it is still too wide and I don't have that square neckline effect in the back. This isn't enough to make me not like it but next time I will reduce the elastic size even more. Nancy K recently made this dress and she also took out some of the length of the elastic. One thing I have noticed is that on Nancy's dress she seems to have more of a neckline. My neckline is quite  high. I think I may try to lower the neckline a bit next time I make this, and there will be a next time!

This is a heavy, very nice quality slinky knit. I took a real step out of the box  with this one, however. I did samples and decided to interface the hems with weft knit interfacing and double needle stitch them. Before I did this I tried the dress on. Blank that! I did as much RTW does, and simply cut my hem edges with a rotary cutter and done, that's it! I can't tell you how I suffered over this technique but now that I have done it, yahooo!!! Gotta love that slinky knit! One thing for those of you who want to try this sort of hem, make sure you cut your seam allowances back at an angle at  the hemlines. My first batch of photos showed them hanging out. So cut those seam allowances at an angle at the hemline. You can do it.  Now will someone please tell my why those muscles in my legs can't be up in my arms???...Bunny

15 comments:

  1. Nice dress and even nicer calf muscles!

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  2. I've made that dress too and love it. Though I didn't have the problems with the neckline that you and Nancy seem too have had. This has been on my to-sew again list for this summer but I just haven't gotten there and it's looking now like another version won't get made this year...however I love wearing it.

    Yours is the first version that I've seen belted and it looks so wonderful on you that way! Enjoy wearing your beautiful new dress!

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  3. such an incredible print! perfect for this dress! and of course a great fit!

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  4. I liked this print the from 1st time you blogged about it and it is still looks better in this dress.
    I agree with you for the belt but it must be vry pleasant indeed to wear it loose

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  5. It is a beautiful dress and lovely on you. I like the belted version-you have a perfect figure for that. The loose version is nice too-I wonder if you could make it a bit boho by clipping some hair back in a messy way and wearing a long beaded necklace. That might allow the loose look to be a bit updated.

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  6. Beautiful dress, Bunny! I love that fabric!! I agree that the belt makes a positive difference.

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  7. love the dress with or without the belt....depends on your mood!!!!

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  8. That's a cute dress, and looks very comfy. Looks like an easy to wear dress. Very nice.

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  9. I love the simplicity of this dress. You have a great eye for fabric too.

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  10. That looks great on you, I love it belted. I made the same pattern but in a tunic length, and the belt is the ticket!!

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  11. Heck, yea, put that belt on it & accent your tiny waist! It looks lovely on you, Bunny...pretty colors.
    I always love reading about your thought processes as you work through the changes you've made or intend to make on the next one. I learn SEW much from you!!! Thanks!

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  12. "Now will someone please tell my why those muscles in my legs can't be up in my arms???" Because you don't walk on your hands all day!!! LOL

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  13. Great looking dress, I love it both ways!

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  14. i am cutting this dress right now. it has bust point and waistmarks. I dont think your points matched up to where they should be on the pattern. Maybe next time lower the bust point a bit??

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