Sunday, August 12, 2012

Two More Vogue 1250s

Since the McCalls Maxi didn't work for me the stack of knits that I had assembled to make them sat and stared at me.  The pressure of the knits mocking me was too much pressure.  So I grabbed this tulip one, pulled out my Vogue 1250 pattern and made it up again.  

I know that I've made this dress several times now but this pattern never fails me. It's so easy to wear. It looks professional with or without a topper. I feel pretty and work appropriately sexy in it. Finally, it doesn't matter if my internal thermometer isn't working well, I'm always cool in these dresses.  

Have I sung it's praises enough...*LOL* In between putting my fabric in its place, I'm also packing for vacation. I just needed to spend a little quality time in my favorite room before I leave it for a minute!

Here are the dresses:
The first one is made from an ITY knit from Fabric Mart....



The only change I've made to this version and the next is that I didn't add the back neck facing included in the pattern.  I simply pressed the back neck  seam down and then serged some stitch witchery into the seam edge.  




Then I pressed it flat.  



and voila a clean finished neckline...


I was at Stein Mart (a local chain) yesterday and noticed some draped neck dresses in the plus size section. The back neckline was just stitched flat and I thought that application would look great in the V1250 dresses. So I used it for these dresses.  

Here are a couple more photos of what I'm calling the Tulip Version of Vogue 1250...





The second one is made from a silk jersey from Mood...I picked this print up from the NY store a couple of weeks ago because I loved the uniqueness of the fabric. Since this is my 9th version of this dress...yes, 9th version...it was truly a figure out how I wanted the print to lay on the dress, cut it out and sew.  So here is what I'm calling the Mosaic Vogue 1250...





Finally, as I said before I've made NINE of these.  My first one followed the pattern exactly and no longer resides with me.  My oldest daughter took it home with her a couple of weeks ago because I only wore it once. After I altered the pattern to fit me better, I've used border prints here and here, made a little black dress version, maximized it, the first summer print, a fall/winter print, then finally this summer I used three great prints for additional versions.  You can see 7 of the 9 Vogue 1250 versions in the group shot below or you can see all 9 of the dresses in my Flicker Album here.



I love this dress!  I assure you that I won't be making any more this summer but if this drape neck silhouette is still hot next spring/summer, who knows?! *LOL* 

I've made a few alterations to some pieces that I'm packing for my vacation which begins at 3pm on Friday!  OMG, I can barely wait!  I have another post or two to put up before I go and then I will be radio silent for a minute...but I'm sure you'll be sick of me by the end of the month because the second part of my vacation is a sewcation and you know I'll be sharing every gory detail!  

...as always more later!




43 comments:

  1. They both turned out beautiful. If the pattern works well I do not think using multiple times is a bad thing.
    It is a dress that works great for your body so good for you in showing off those beautiful prints in the best way possible.
    I think my favorite is the tulip print as that is my favorite flower.

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  2. The all look wonderful hanging there together, so much choice from one pattern!

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  3. The dresses look awesome. Unfortunately, I haven't had much success with this pattern. But after reading your post, I think I'll try it again!

    ~Sewjourner

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  4. Both dresses look just lovely on you! You've really got this pattern figured out perfectly. Have a terrific vacation - and I'm looking forward to seeing the results of your sewcation!

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  5. You have the best taste in fabric. Beautiful dresses!

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  6. Carolyn, you just look so fresh and springy and beautiful! I especially love the first dress.

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  7. Great, fabulous for a vacation. Perhaps I had better pull my pattern out again. I gave up because couldn't I follow the lines cutting out haha!

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  8. You can't go wrong with that pattern! I think I could use a 3rd version myself... ;)

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  9. Wow, two very flattering dresses.
    Looks like a winner pattern.

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  10. How gorgeous.
    Bring on the vacation I say. You deserve a break and why not a sewcation to boot!

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  11. Mmm, silk jersey. Lovely dresses. I really like the way the print falls on the coral and black one.

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  12. I think I'm the only person who hasn't made this dress and I need to rectify that this summer. I love the print on the last one.

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  13. They look fantastic on you!

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  14. These are really pretty and look wonderful on you. Have a great vackay!

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  15. What a great dress! I'm getting this pattern. It looks classy on you, maybe it could on me too!

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  16. Very nice- the Tulip Version is my favorite, those colors really pop :o)

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  17. I love this pattern on you. The fit is perfect..Looks fantastic on you.. The red/black tulip pattern is my favortie [I always like what has red in it,ha]..But both are so pretty.
    Hope you have a lovely vaccation and look forward to hearing all about it. Also, your sewcation.. love those too.

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  18. Only nine of those dresses? They're so gorgeous on you. My favorite is the mosaic dress.

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  19. Your dresses are beautiful. I love the draped necklines. I have a question. Do you own a dress form and if so what brand?

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  20. Hi. I love reading through your blog (one of the few that I actually read on a regular basis). These dresses are beautiful - I love the fabrics you choose.
    Because I read your blog, I've seen where you talk about going to Mood in NY. So, as soon as I found out I was going to NY for a weekend I made sure to include it in the trip. What fun! I bought only one piece of fabric but made sure it was a good one. I got 4 yards of some beautiful silk with an undescribable print (only a picture would do it justice. At $25/yd I'll be quite picky about what it is used for. Not sure what I'm making out of it yet but it will be special to me. It will be quite a while before I can take scissors to it. For now, I'll just admire it.
    Thanks for all your posts - I'll be staying tuned in.
    Darlene

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  21. Discovered your blog recently and enjoy reading. Love the dress and you look great wearing it.

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  23. Ooo! I particularly like the tulip pattern version. Some day, hope you'll blog your thoughts on "work appropriately sexy" and what that means. As women, I feel like it's such a tightrope walk to look truly attractive, yet appropriate at the office.

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  24. Gosh, these are both so cute! Your fabric choices are spot-on! Adorable! How nice to have a TNT pattern that you can go to and have instant success!

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  25. I love these two new versions Carolyn and really enjoyed this post. Thank you for the great tip about the back neck finish. I'll certainly use it at some point in my own sewing.

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  26. You are the reason I own this pattern! Now, if I can just make it!

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  27. That mosaic dress is so pretty! I hope someday I get over my fear of sewing with knits.

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  28. So flattering on you! And NINE!?! I have this pattern....one of these days I'll actually make one...

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  29. Oh yeah!.....you OWN this pattern and have nine great dresses to prove it! WORK IT!!!....and be seen! Have a safe and fun-filled vacation!

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  30. My goodness, pretty lady. I couldn't possibly catch up before the summer ends. Tee Hee. These are two beautiful additions to your Vogue 1250 collection.

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  31. Love your mosaic dress! This pattern looks so great on you - I really like all of your variations. I feel like I might be the only person who had great failure with the V1250 dress pattern, but I still think it looks great on everyone else who makes it.

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  32. Both dresses look so fantastic on you. Great job once again. Can't wait to see all you sewcation pictures.

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  33. Two more winners, Carolyn! After making it myself, I would vote it the Pattern of the Decade!

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  34. Carolyn, your collection of Vogue 1250 is wonderful! What an amazing variety of colours and prints. it's a great pattern and it really looks fantastic on you.

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  35. You are sewing up quite a storm! All of these dresses look lovely! Bravo for taking advantage of a great TNT!

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  36. Beautiful dress and nice fabrics, too.

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  37. Carolyn, I love this dress on you! I do need to get this pattern.

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  38. Beautiful dresses! These look wonderful on you. I bought the pattern and traced off my size but sadly still have not sewn this up yet. Yours are definitely motivating!

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  39. Love! And that neck finish (serging the Stitch Witchery and then pressing) is absolute GENIUS!!!

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  40. Hey, Lady -

    Don't know how I managed to miss this post. Love the dresses - all of them. This pattern is definitely a keeper and one that I would use more than 9 times if you know what I mean. How many more have you made since this original post?

    BTW - Stein Mart is NOT local. They're down here in Florida too.

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