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Vogue 1177 Misses and Misses Petite Dress and Slip, Anna Sui

Sewing Pattern Review and critique for Vogue 1177, Anna Sui

Grade: A

The Good
     There’s very little to find fault with here. The directions are thorough and clear (as I’ve found most Vogue patterns to be). The results are remarkable.  

The Bad
     Don’t be fooled by Vogue’s difficulty guidelines. As most experienced sewers already know, Vogue’s Easy, Average, and Advanced levels are not the equivalent of the other pattern companies--they’re much more difficult! This project is rated Average, but it’s much more advanced than your average Simplicity, Butterick, or McCall’s dress. Take that into consideration when tackling this project. 

My Project:  
     This dress took me a while to make. In the beginning I was frustrated, as I was using chiffon, and the thin fabric kept getting pushed into the hole of my feed dog. I also found it difficult to make so many ultra-small pleats. In some places, I reduced the number of pleats by a little, and it turned out perfectly fine. Eventually, I put the project aside and forgot that I was ever working on it. Later, when I rediscovered it, I whipped it up quickly and passionately, working tireless consistent hours for two days until it was finished. It was well worth the revisiting and effort. One hint that I can give is, when working with chiffon, always make sure your needle is extra sharp and fine. This is what was causing my earlier difficulties. 
     The straight-line drawstring shape and the use of pleating throughout is reminiscent of French sportswear from the 1920s. I chose a navy and white floral print chiffon, and made the slip out of navy lining fabric, which I also used for the sleeve cuffs and buttonhole guide. I get much more use out of it than I thought I would, simply because I love it so much. It’s my go-to dress for semi-formal spring and summer events. 

     If you’ve made this project and would like to share your work, send us pictures! We will be happy to post them here. Also, if you have anything else to add in regards to the critique of this pattern, we would love to hear. For both pictures and comments, email us

Thanks for reading. :-) Jessica





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