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