vogue 1227 v2.0

23 May

i managed to get some pictures of the birthday dress over the weekend! here’s to hoping this is my final post on vogue 1227 :)

but first, a jesus cake:
jesus cake
jesus didn’t end up coming by for his cake/party! bummer! hahah!!


i took a lot of pictures & most of them ended up looking the same. sorry!
here is my favorite one, though:
dres front

dress front

dress side

dress back
hehe @ my face in the mirror!
ok, story time: i initially made this dress with a hot pink invisible zipper. it went in beautifully; i had the lining slip-stitched all the way around the damn thing & i was very proud of the finished zip action. put the dress on to go to dinner, and the stupid zipper decided to completely pull itself apart – i guess it was just a faulty zipper :( at any rate, i had to do a rush change & then a rush zipper installation when i got home. the replacement zipper is kind of shoddy; i mean, it’s straight & sandwiched neatly in the lining, but i could have done a better job making it, you know, NOT exposed. oh well, don’t care! i’ll deal with it later (aka i’m never touching that thing again)

bodice detail

bodice detail
i am SO PLEASED with how the bodice ended up fitting (despite numerous alterations/piecing). the top did not gape at all during the party, everything stayed perfectly into place. and it was very comfortable, even though the entire thing was double-interfaced. win!

lining
pink top-stitched lining :)

bodice
those cups pretty much stand on their own! i will mention here that i decided the dress worked better without a bra.. it was very supportive and comfortable!

zipper :(
dress back/shitty zipper. ignore my gathering stitches. i always forget to pull those out.

skirt
skirt!

in closing, a few things:
– MAKE A MUSLIN. even if muslins aren’t really your “thing,” it is absolutely necessary with this dress. this is one of the worst drafted patterns i have ever dealt with, and i was thankful i had the muslin to work out any kinks. there were a lot of kinks! do yourself a favor & cut a muslin first!
– consider using twill tape or fabric selvedge to cup the bra cups so you aren’t gaping all over the place
– although the dress is double interfaced, it is actually quite comfortable. don’t skip the lining interfacing; it really makes a difference in how the dress fits
– make sure your lining matches your fabric because it is absolutely visible in the skirt folds
– the finished length is pretty short (it’s mid-thigh on me & i’m 5’2″!), so make sure you lengthen before cutting if you aren’t comfortable baring ass in a flouncy skirt

i think that’s about it! i am absolutely pleased with my dress & i especially am happy with my fabric choice :) can’t wait to find more excuses to wear this lil’ guy over the course of the summer!

dress front
:D

as a side note (and to add to the extravagant number of pictures already on this post), here’s a little peek at what i’m working on now:
new projectttt
white eyelet & ribbon & lace trim :) can’t wait!

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25 Responses to “vogue 1227 v2.0”

  1. Clare S May 23, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Wow, I know this was a massive pain to make, but you’ve done a great job and it looks amazing on you!! Congrats on a gorgeous dress and your birthday!!

  2. Jaclyn Parks May 23, 2011 at 11:59 am #

    It’s so pretty, Lauren!!! Now I just need to get my big butt on the threadmill to skinny down and get you to make it in Army green for Brandon’s unit’s family day in September!!! :)

  3. Liz May 23, 2011 at 12:27 pm #

    That is a beautiful dress!

  4. Marie May 23, 2011 at 3:55 pm #

    Wow, that looks like a tough dress to make, but it looks so professional! You got an excellent fit as well!!!

  5. Danielle May 23, 2011 at 4:09 pm #

    Ohmygooosh, that dress is AMAZING! :) I have this pattern in my ‘stash’, and seeing this post makes me want to start working on it but I think I need to improve my skills a bit more before tackling this one…looks like it was brutal to make, but the result is truly gorgeous!

  6. lauren winter May 23, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    beautiful girl!! and you’re making that eyelet lace piece for me, right? :)

  7. Colleen May 24, 2011 at 1:32 am #

    Ummmamazing!!! You look so hot in it, and I am in love with how it turned out. One of my favourite fabrics I’ve seen… EVER. Prettiest birthday girl! And already excited to see where you go with the eyelet dress. Inspiring.

  8. zilredloh May 24, 2011 at 11:18 am #

    This dress is amazing and I love your site! I just found your site from the comment you made on my blog for the 1950s prom dress. :)

    • lladybird May 24, 2011 at 11:26 am #

      I WANT THAT DRESS!!
      hahahaa!! thank you for stopping by ♥

  9. Jane May 24, 2011 at 3:57 pm #

    Absolutely gorgeous dress and so beautifully made – hope you’re proud of yourself?! and Happy Birthday! x

  10. sorbetsurprise May 25, 2011 at 2:59 am #

    I love your dress so much! It looks great on you and you cannot tell that you had so much trouble with it. I like being able to read about the ups and downs of projects as it makes my own feel more normal!

  11. SabineC May 30, 2011 at 3:30 pm #

    Wow. That is a birthday to never forget!
    The dress is stunning.
    And you look stunning in it.
    You can tell that it was a LOT of work, but it did pay off big time!
    Congrats!

  12. lasandrou June 7, 2011 at 1:40 am #

    Wahou !!! What a beautiful dress !!!

  13. oonaballoona August 5, 2011 at 1:10 pm #

    this, as hall and oates would say, is SO on my list.

    and, umm, jesus came to your party? get the hell outta here.

    • lladybird August 5, 2011 at 1:29 pm #

      he was supposed to come, but turned out to be a no-show. for shame, jesus!

  14. Sallie Goldhair September 11, 2011 at 10:12 am #

    I was looking at this pattern, do you think it would work if I added so much fabric to make it a gown? would it work as a gown? what do you think./…….

    • lladybird September 11, 2011 at 1:39 pm #

      you would have to rework the ruffles tiers at the skirt (or remove them completely), but i think the bodice would look FABULOUS with a long gown skirt attached! omg if you make this i want to see :D

  15. Chris Butler May 24, 2013 at 11:05 am #

    Wow, it’s a beautiful dress and you’ve done a fantastic job – you’re definitely a huge inspiration – thank you

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