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Vogue 1210

I’m almost surprised that I haven’t had anyone say “just when are you going to get around to making that dress?  You’ve showed us the pattern, you’ve showed us the fabric, you’ve talked about it, you just haven’t done it”!  Well, now I have.  Here is Vogue 1210.

Vogue 1210

And my Pattern Review:

Pattern Description: 
According to the pattern description on the website: Loose-fitting, pullover dresses A, B, below mid-calf at center front, have slightly cut-in armholes, self-fabric or contrast neckband, sleeve inset and ties, angled hemline.
I made the view with contrast neckband, sleeve inset and ties.
Pattern Sizing:
It’s a Sandra Betzina Today’s Fit pattern, so the sizing is from A through to J. I made size D, as that seemed to correspond best with my measurements, but possibly could have made size C.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Pretty much!
Were the instructions easy to follow?
It’s not a difficult dress to construct and the instructions were clear. The neck band attached particularly nicely due to me following the instructions rather than just rushing off and doing things how I think they should be done! I used my overlocker for most of the construction rather than a zig-zag as per the instructions, and finished the sleeve and skirt hems with fusible tape then twin needle stitching. I also twin needle stitched the neckband down to help it to lie flat (which it did).

Vogue 1210

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I pretty much liked everything about this pattern. It’s not difficult or time consuming to make, but has nice details.
Fabric Used:
It’s a double sided textured jersey, so I used one side for the main fabric and the reverse for the contrasts. It took me ages to decide which to use as the main! It’s probably a heavier weight than the pattern really calls for, which means that the sides don’t drape as nicely on this dress as on some of the others I have seen. But the weight means that it skims over all my lumps and bumps quite nicely.  It’s from Darn Cheap Fabrics, and last time I looked there was still some available, in around three different colours.  The top photos is the most accurate in terms of the shade of red – it’s a dark red, not a bright one.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
No alterations at all. And unlike some of the other reviewers, this dress looked much better on me with the ties done up at the back as per the pattern photo rather than hanging down or left off (well, according to my husband and two daughters it did).

Vogue 1210

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I possibly will sew this dress again, maybe with shortened sleeves for spring/autumn. I wore it last weekend and it was wonderful to wear, and I felt comfortable and stylish.
Terrific dress, but I might make it a size smaller next time.

what I wore - 30/06/2012


6 thoughts on “Vogue 1210

  1. I like the dress pattern but to be honest I don’t really like the fabric. I’m not really fond of the big rose pattern and the bulkiness/stiffness of the fabric itself. I think this would look even nicer in a finer knit. Maybe a solid colour with a solid contrast or perhaps even a tone on tone like a guy who wears a black shirt with a dark grey tie?

    I like the way you paired it with the jacket and scarf it looks very hip and modern, which is funny because the dress on it’s own reminds me of something from days of yore. Anyhow it looks really nice on you.

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