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Vogue 9254

Oh, I do love a Tilton pattern.  Fascinating design lines, in styles that work for my body shape.

Vogue 9254 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

I sewed this one up at the end of October when I was at Sewjourn. It felt a little weird to be sewing a wintery dress as we were rapidly heading toward summer, but as it happens I’ve already worn it to work.

Vogue 9254 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

The pattern is Vogue 9254, and it’s one of Marcy Tilton’s more recent patterns.  I decided to sew size 14 after checking the finished measurements on the pattern tissue.  According to Vogue’s size chart I measure around size 18 bust, size 22 waist and  size 16 hips.  Um, no.  The moral of that story is always check the measurements on the pattern tissue, taking your ease preferences into consideration.  I also find that if I buy a pattern in roughly my Australian shop size – which is a 12 or 14 – it usually works out okay.

Vogue 9254 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern. This is typically Tilton-esque, with some raw edges (the hemline and on the offset front seam) and unconventionally shaped pattern pieces to add dimension along the seamlines.

Vogue 9254 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

The pattern description from the website is as follows: Fitted pullover dresses have asymmetrical neckline, front seam and hem and sleeve variations. FABRICS: For Two-way Stretch Knits (50% Cross Grain): Ponte, Cotton/Lycra, Rayon Lycra, Lightweight Scuba Knits, Sweatshirt Knits.



I chose to sew the dress in one fabric (rather than combining fabrics as suggested in the sleeveless view).  The fabric is a stretchy, spongy knit stripe from Darn Cheap Fabrics, bought when I bumped into Anne Whalley there one day and noticed the bolt of fabric under her arm.  I think that Anne was even faster than I was to turn her length of fabric into a finished garment.  It was easy to work with, and has produced a dress that I’m very pleased to wear.

Vogue 9254 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

I didn’t make any alterations to the pattern, so this is the length as designed. I’m 158cm tall (just under 5’3″) so it’s definitely much longer on me than on the model. I’m still pretty happy with the proportions though.

Vogue 9254 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

And how about that fit through the back! I’m very happy with how this pattern has worked on my middle-aged, round shouldered and rounded back shape. Hooray!  I would like to give the sleeveless version a try for summer, but will need to identify the best fabrics from stash.  I don’t want anything that will cling, but I definitely don’t want anything that is winter-weight either.  Maybe I should do as the pattern suggests and combine some fabrics together.  We’ll see!

Vogue 9254 in knit from Darn Cheap Fabrics

20 thoughts on “Vogue 9254

  1. Love this on you!
    And thanks for the tip – I ventured into sewing again recently – according to to the pattern measurements I was a size 22 (😳) I’m usually a 16 so was sceptical but soldiered on! Disaster!!! One was salvageable with a lot of resewing and cutting- still way too wide around the neckline! The other is a tent suitable only as a ‘housedress’ – very roomy for a hot night !
    Am going to try again today – will cut in my actual size – thanks 👍

  2. Perfect dress for today’s weather! The fit is superb, I love a knit dress with a shapely back. I have this pattern and am very tempted to make the sleeveless view for summer (yeah, you can come back now). I’d be guessing at my size too as I find so many Vogue patterns are huge…. Maybe I need to invite myself round to try on yours! 🙂

  3. This is the 2nd time I have happened across your blog and sewing reviews. Absolutely love your pattern selections, fabrics and how you sew for yourself! I am now considering this pattern based on your rendition and review, to utilize Marcy Tilton’s 4-way stretch cotton/elastine fabric but I am also considering other patterns as well. Also read Anne Whaley’s reviews on and her blog. Thank you for taking the time to share and review!

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