Friday, September 30, 2011

Vogue 1220

Pattern Description:
Loose-fitting, mid-knee length dress has shawl pleated collar, partial waistline seam, pleats, side slant pockets, princess seams in bodice back, back darts, short sleeves turn back cuffs, stitched hem facing, right fly front button closure and tie belt.
Pattern Sizing:
8-22. I cut a 16 through the neck and shoulders gradually out to size 20 at the hips.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think it does. Do you?

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were pretty good but steps 12-14 totally confused me. I made it work but thank goodness I my belt covered it up.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I didn't have any dislikes with the style. I love the pockets and the shawl collar.
Fabric Used:
I think it's a stretch twill
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I'm not sure I needed to but I didn't want to use the design ease in lieu of an FBA so I made a 1" FBA. Doing so was quite tricky.
I cut the pattern apart at the underarm mark to add a sideseam and a dart. I divided the dart between the sideseam and the collar and making four pleats instead of three. Then added an extra pleat to the waist making three instead of two.

I also made a 3/4" wide back adjustment.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'd love to sew this again in denim.

All-in-all this dress went together quite easily and any issues I had were operator error!
BTW the dress looks a little rumpled because these pictures were taken after a long day at work!


  1. I love the belt with the dress! You look fabulous in it, of course.

  2. I think it would look good in denim too! You always look good in anything you make though :)

  3. You need to stop with the "rumpled tip". lol. This dress is absolute PERFECTION on you! I tried my version on this morning, but it's a bit too big. Time to consider version 2.

  4. Rumpled or not, you are working that dress. You look fierce, Mama! Thanks for the FBA info. Happy Friday and enjoy your weekend!

  5. Love the dress! You're sewing mojo is up and working, because you've made some awesome dresses lately!

  6. I love the shawl collar. And any dress with pockets gets my vote. It looks fabulous on you!

  7. What a great little dress! Perfect for a lot of outings.

  8. I keep going back and forth with this pattern. Can't picture myself in it. I love how you have styled this with the belt. Gives me a different perspective on this dress. I think you hooked this one up. Love the shoes AND the bag!

  9. Super cute, great outfit your belt and shoes bring it all together.

  10. Very nice. This pattern is in my next batch of garments to cut. I prefer it with a belt rather than the tie from the pattern. Your belt is AMAZING.

  11. This is a great dress and doesn't look rumpled to me! You're workin' this dress my dear!! I would love to see it in denim too!

  12. so **jealous**! Man, I wish I could so! great blog! I'm definitely following you, I hope you'll follow me back!

  13. Girl, You are the reason I bought my copy of this pattern. I was lucky to grab the last one at JoAnn's Vogue $3.99. Thanks for the encouragement. Wink, wink. You will see me in my dress in the not so distant future.

  14. Thank you for the FBA advice and the photo!