well, i finished vogue 1174 aka the ~cynthia steffe~ strapless dress, just in time to wear it for a wedding over the weekend! boy am i glad to be DONE with it!
pattern review and many many (don’t say i didn’t warn you!) pictures under the cut!
Pattern Description: close-fitting, strapless, lined dress has seam details, piping trim, princess seams, foundation with boning, side front pockets, pleats and darts, above mid-knee length.
Pattern Sizing: 4-18. i cut mine in a 10 but i probably should have gone at least a size smaller.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? for the most part! my fabric wasn’t as stiff as the suggested fabrics, so it had a little bit more of a “drape.” also, my piping contrasted a lot more than the dress on the envelope. and my dress is a little on the long side. i will probably end up shortening it – what do you think?
Were the instructions easy to follow? i think so! i was expecting this pattern to be a lot more difficult, but the instructions were fairly clear and concise. i ended up ripping out a LOT of seams, but i think that was more user error and less bad instructions. although i did end up sewing the facing on backwards the first time round :B
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? i love all the detailing – the piping, the seam work, the pockets, the lining, the facing… i also love the interior detailing – the foundation and the boning are really great!
Fabric Used: lovely stretch cotton sateen for the outside, white silky rayon for the lining. i bought pre-made piping that is made with satin.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: i had to redraft the bodice front piece (the triangular deal right under my boobs) because it was shaped weird and stood several inches away from my waistline. VERY unflattering – i looked like a box! the sizing was pretty deceiving – the bodice size claimed to be 34″ (for a 10), and my bust is 36″, and the dang thing was too big! i stuck some elastic around the top, but it un-elasticized itself or i don’t even know what, but it ain’t there anymore. i ended up pinching in the sides quite a bit (about 1″ on each side) and handsewing some janky little darts there so the stupid thing would stay up during the wedding. i will fix it later when i am able to buy elastic that doesn’t stop working after 15 minutes. anyway.
Would you sew it again? possibly… now that i’ve worked out the design kinks for my figure, i think the next go-round would be easier! that being said, this is a pretty unique dress and i’m not sure how many i need in my closet 😛 there are soo many other dresses i want to make. i do recommend it, though.
Conclusion: i’m happy with my dress! this is one of the few strapless ANYTHING i’ve ever worn, and while i was apprehensive about how i would look in it, i think it is pretty flattering!
sorry that these are so wrinkly… i pulled it out of my suitcase after flying from pittsburgh to nashville. no time for ironing! i promise it was properly pressed while i was sewing it and then when i wore it for it’s debut.
and i’m wearing a huge flower on my head bc… idk, i was cleaning my bathroom and i found it and i thought it was funny. funny!
and just for funsies…