Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Slaying the beast!

Sunday we finally made mincemeat of the beast! And by making mincemeat I mean Holly and I finally finished the Vogue 1241 we started way, way back when! Behold...

I have to admit I like it more that I thought I would. After the zipper debacle the dress really went together fast. You may be able to see the neckline is a bit weird. I don't know if I should have used stiffer interfacing or what, but it does stand a bit weird. Not bad enough to never wear it, just kind of weird. As for my fit, as I described to Holly, if I were trying this dress on at the store I would ask for the next size up. It zips with a bit of urging. Part of this came from the bodice. My bodice pieces were a bit short, so I had to overlap them. Upon overlapping them I wound up trimming about 4 inches off my loin cloth piece.

Point in case, my back is pulling a little. Also, my zipper is the best I have done yet, but where it ends my seam gets a bit sloppy. Suggestions are welcome!

Now, the ugly!

Remember when I was cutting out the lining and ran out of black and used white? That's where I get the Cruella Deville insides.
Upon closer look, yes. One seam goes in and one seam goes out. I think I was moody at this point in the dress.

So what are my thoughts on this pattern? I like it more than I thought, and it is actually kind of flattering. If I were to make it again I would skip the lining. With all the gathering and pieces I think the pattern would have turned out more true to size had I not had the lining. My dress came out pretty fancy, but Holly used purple sateen on hers and it is a bit more casual. Overall a nice pattern, but with many, many pieces and instructions!


  1. I love your dress! This pattern is on my list for the next Vogue sale and I already have fabric in mind. :]

  2. I finished sewing up this dress last night. I was so excited to try it on. I noticed the bodice was gaping a bit. But horror upon horror the gaping at the bodice was tremendous. Did you have this problem? I saw where you cut the loin cloth piece so it wasn't so wide. But the bodice is so tight right now. I don't know if that will help at all? I think I might just add a panel to the bodice and call it a day? Got any pointers?

  3. We had some extra panel material just in case, but we didn't have to use it. Do you have a picture you can send? I'm more visual and am trying to picture your description in my head!