Friday, July 8, 2011

Vogue 1250 - The Redo

Remember this dress? I wasn't happy with it and decided to make McCall's 6319 out of it.
Pattern Description:
Fitted dress with tapered skirt has lined bodice and elasticized waist
Pattern Sizing:
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I made View C and yes I think it looks like the pattern envelope, do you?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, the instructions were easy to follow...if only I'd followed them. Totally because of operator error I had to take the bodice apart twice. In doing so I stretched the fabric badly and had quite a bit of my bra showing at the underarm. It was not until I started to sew the skirt that I realized I had so much bra showing because I cut the top at 22 at the shoulder instead of a 16. I knew I wouldn't be happy with it so I took it apart a third time! Yikes! Way too much work for about $7 worth of fabric. Sometimes you just have to tough it out to show yourself you can do what you've set your mind to.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like that the pattern didn't use a lot of fabric
Fabric Used:
I'm not sure what the exact fabric content is but it is probably a Rayon a knit that is very drapey and lightweight
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The fabric was much too flimsy for the Vogue dress and I didn't feel comfortable in it. The fabric was actually to flimsy for this one too so I wound up lining the entire dress. I had enough fabric left over to cut a new from. I used the front of V1250 skirt to cut the skirt back, cut the new back from the old back with a center back seam and cut the front from the previous upper front. I was really pressed for fabric.

I noticed that other Pattern Reviewers didn't but I felt the pattern was just screaming for a left side bust dart.
I also added 2" to the bodice with additional 1 1/2" to the skirt length.

I feel that the fabric necessitated extra stabilization measures

I added a full lining of a lightweight knit fabric I had in my stash. I didn't use the top lining piece but instead the actual front and back pattern pieces.

I used the idea from the Tracey Reese Vogue 1224 dress for the elastic casing.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do have fabric to make it again and might make a different view. It is very easy and a quick so, so yes I would recommend it to others.
All of a sudden I'm obsessed with linings. This is the third dress I've lined this summer. More times than I've ever lined summer dresses before!


  1. Very cute dress. It looks great.

  2. The re-do looks great. Way to stick with it, and line it, so it feels good on. I still love this print!

  3. Of course I love that dress on you. I lined my last summer dress too. Initially I thought it would make my summery dress heavy, but it actually made it a very nice wear. Lining is a good solution to using knits that are really to light for dresses too.

  4. Looks great second time round.

  5. Nice way to hang in there and save this beautiful dress!