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Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Vogue 1160 - The Review

The first time I wore this dress was to a Diana Ross concert with my niece.  Recently I had some running around to do and decided to wear it, take some pics and do a quick "review". 

Top is a bit too big, found myself tugging quite a bit to keep slip straps concealed.
I fell in LOVE with this pattern the moment I saw it especially the fabric on the model.  This is as close as I could get...still in the geometrics family at least.  This fabric was on clearance at Joann's for some ridiculously low price.  It's chiffon.  The original slip (now a "slip dress" since the fabric was too busy to be a slip for this dress) is also a geometric (satin charmeuse) print.  The creme fabric that I used for the final slip is some type of lightweight polyester found in Virginia's stash.

Just back from the Grocery. 

The dress itself was fairly easy to construct.  The sleeves were a little tricky but the instructions are well written and as long as you mark sleeve pieces carefully they go in without a hitch.  Very clever and unique design.  The dress is sewn with French seams. There are several pleats in the bust area but I found that in my case they created somewhat of a "pucker" so I omitted one on each side.   

Got this cute little bag at a thrift store in Michigan.
The hem was a little tricky in that it was rather uneven.  This could be due to my cutting.  I did not  cut in single layers which I've read is a good idea when dealing with chiffon and this may have been part of my problem.  In any case, I had to cut away some fabric to even things out before slip stitching the hem.       
There's something a little strange about the way the dress hangs in the front.  Interestingly enough the slip does the same thing but in a slightly different way.  I think that it may have something to do with the way the front band is sewn into the dress .  It's sewn to a point much like an upside down V.  Creates a lot of "gathering" of fabric in the front area and my pooch doesn't help.  The slip doesn't have the  band but has similar gathers in the bust area.  The closure is a side invisible zip.  
Such a fun and flirty dress!
 I can say with certainty that I will not make this dress again.  The illustrations and instructions were great but I think this one will do.  Virginia begs to differ, she thinks that I should make it in a solid color as well. She loves it.  She loves most things "unusual".  I do recommend it to others however. 
A girl has GOT to twirl!
That's all for now!  Thanks for stopping by.  I've been a terrible blogger lately but try not to hold it against me...slowly gettin' my rythym back!  Take care and God Bless!
My FIRST pair of VANS....I'm in love!

37 comments:

  1. You look fantastic and love the hair. Really like the vans with the dress and giving you a sexy vintage chic' look.

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  2. Whar a great look on you! Yes, your hair is gorgeous! Tyna

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  3. Very nice and you know I LOVE the hair!

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  4. Hi Sheila - Thanks! You are such a good blogger...always leaving encouraging comments...I should learn from you! Take care!

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  5. @Me! - Hi Tyna - Thanks for commenting and following!

    @KMQ - From one kinky curly to another....Thanks!

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  6. OMG!!!! I love it! I love the dress, the print, and the HAIR!!!! You look sooooo adorable! You GO GIRL with the TWIRL!!!

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    1. Hey Mocha - Thanks, I appreciate the comments. Lol @....girl with the twirl!

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  7. I am a huge fan of your style and I was excited to see your post!! Luv everything and the "Van Gutz". I want some but just can't seem to do it. Now that I've seen what to wear them with I just may take the plunge!!! Try not to be a stranger!

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    1. Hey Carol - thanks for commenting! GO AHEAD....TAKE THE PLUNGE!!

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  8. Virgna, this is adorable. and looks fantastic on you.. Happy sewing.

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  9. Love this dress on you,and that hair fits you to a T! I'm gonna have to send you a pic of my mom, you guys look so much alike ;-)

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    1. Hey Mz. Choice - thanks for commenting! Send me a pic @ godsgirlt@att.net...I'd love to see it. Take care!

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  10. You look so pretty, and I love the hair!

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  11. I love the dress!! Great fabric! And I love that you paired it with the Vans!! Great look!

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  12. Welcome back! I've been thinking about you lately. Very cute dress. Perfect for summer (love it with those sneakers). And I know that it's hard to keep blogging when life happens all at the same time - LOL!

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    1. Hi Denise! Thanks a bunch! So true (about life)...so true! Take care!

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  13. Love this dress on you! The style and fabric are perfect! Too cute!

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  14. That dress is so pretty and looks wonderful on you. I find chiffon hard to sew so I am really impressed that you made such a difficult pattern in a chiffon fabric.

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    1. Thanks Audrey. It was a bit challenging at times but well worth it.

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  15. That is too adorable to be allowed and I love it with the sneakers, too! Chiffon and sneakers- you are my kind of lady! I have got to have that pattern!

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  16. What a lovely, fun dress. You look beautiful.

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    1. Thanks Jane M. I appreciate the compliment!

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  17. I love this dress in you. It is fun, a little funky, and sexy. I agree with Jane that you do look beautiful.

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  18. Wow after all that's said here, there's nothing left but I agree...you do look absolutely adorable!!!! and the hair...GORGEOUS!!!

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  19. I agree with everyone here. The whole look is fabulous!!!

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  20. This is so pretty. Absolutely love the fabric.

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