vogue 1227: complete! (FINALLY)

16 May

it is with great pleasure that i present to you the completed vogue 1227.

ok, i’m pushing a little – it’s not complete complete: i still have to sew on a hook & eye. and it’s been ugly & grey and COLD this week, so the only pictures i have to share involve a dressform. but it’s ready enough, and i can’t wait to debut her on saturday 🙂

if you are just dropping in for the first time, you can link to this post to experience some of the drama this stupid dress involved. otherwise, keep reading!

after attaching the two skirts & inserting the invisible zipper (which was surprisingly easy, despite my initial concern), it was time to move on to the lining. this, friends, is why there hasn’t been any progress on my dress in the past week+plus – i didn’t want to spend another agonizing week dealing with the weird piecing that would have to be duplicated into the lining. once i got over that hurdle & decided to be a big girl about it, the construction actually went pretty smoothly. i guess that has something to do with my getting into this with a general idea of what to expect. in fact, i was confident enough to decide that, if the lining was gonna have topstitching, it was going to be pink topstitching. yeah topstitching!!!

bodice lining
lining after topstitching, before boning the seams

bodice lining complete
after boning & attaching the yoke lining
a couple notes about this picture: first off, the pattern does not call for boning the two seams directly under the bust – just the back seams. why? i dunno. maybe because there is already boning that curves along the bra cups. at any rate, i stuck the boning down there anyway. whatevs!
also, check out that massive puckering… well, all over the damn thing. i hate cheap interfacing!

bodice lining complete
bodice lining closeup
before anyone points it out, yes i know the topstitched seams don’t match up & no i don’t care.

post-lining, all i had to do was drop the whole mess into the dress shell, understitch & slip-stitch, and pray i could still get it zipped up.

dress complete!
looks pretty good, if i do say so myself!
lol @ the pattern in the background. i cannot tell y’all how glad i was to stuff the tissue back into the envelope & shove the whole mess in the pattern box. GLORIOUS.

dress back
that part about the dress zipping up? well, it zips up on me… can’t say the same about dolly. she’s not very squishy 🙂

bodice action – should i put a little pink bow over the seam in the middle? i initially planned on it, but it doesn’t really bother me now that the whole dress is complete. yay or nay?

oh, and those straps – they don’t match because they are actually “spare” bra straps i pulled off a convertible bra. i had great intentions of making my own adjustable straps using the barkcloth, but my barkcloth is waaay too thick to get through those sliders. sorry, i gave up! i may eventually replace the straps with pink ones. for now, i don’t care!

bodice detail
ruffle detail – i had to slip-stitch the straps to the ruffles to keep everything perky & upright.

so, what’s my final verdict on the pattern, you ask? well, i think it’s a lovely pattern & i absolutely love the finished look. i think there are a lot of great details that make it special – the flared double skirt, the topstitching, the boning, the adjustable straps. the pattern itself, however, is pretty god-awful & does require quite a bit of fine-tuning to correct the fit to something actually wearable. i think someone with a smaller bust – especially a B cup – and a wider ribcage would fit this pattern perfectly. for the rest of us, be prepared to deal with modifications! this is a great pattern for when you feel like torturing yourself! haha!!

whew, ok, that was a lot of info. sorry for the lack of LT pictures; promise i will get some soon! maybe on my birthday this saturday 🙂

and speaking of my birthday, look at the beautiful pincushion my friend amanda early-gifted me:
unnfffff i love it so much

time to start a new project – maybe red denim shorts? i need something easy!


10 Responses to “vogue 1227: complete! (FINALLY)”

  1. RubyDoomsday May 16, 2011 at 3:42 pm #

    I am so glad to see someone make this up! What length did the skirt come out on you and what size did you cut for the skirt pattern? I am planning to make this and want the skirt to come below my knee but I can’t seem to figure out if I need to add length or not.

    SOOOO Pretty!

    • lladybird May 16, 2011 at 4:00 pm #

      thank you! 🙂

      the skirt is pretty short on me – the bottom layer comes about halfway up from my knees, about the same length it is on the model (although you can’t really tell since they don’t show much of her leg). and i have short little legs – i’m 5’2″! i cut my skirt pattern in a size 6. you are definitely going to want to add length if you are planning for below-the-knee.

  2. Quincy May 16, 2011 at 5:51 pm #


  3. donna taylor May 16, 2011 at 8:53 pm #

    i think the dress is great mamaw ruby would love to see it 🙂

  4. Darsana May 17, 2011 at 10:28 am #

    That’s an absolutely beautiful dress! And what an inspiring labor of love; I really need to learn to take that much pride in my own sewing.
    I think it looks fantastic the way it is–no need for a bow, the center seam is practically invisible in the overall garment.

  5. Joan May 17, 2011 at 4:12 pm #

    I have been following the evolution of the creation of this dress and it is beyond beautiful. I admire your persistence, as I would have given up! Hahaha!

    I actually did notice your organization and love the way your patterns are organized! Just curious, how do you sort/file them? Always looking for new ideas on how to get myself together! :0)

    • lladybird May 17, 2011 at 4:17 pm #

      thank you!

      i actually don’t have a set method for organizing my patterns… most of them are stored in metal baskets (kind of like this) that are a little wider than the patterns. the vogue patterns are bigger, so they are in a sort of mini tool chest with the drawers pulled out.

      they aren’t sorted in any particular way… well, the vogues are separate (because of their size) and i try to keep the vintage & new in their own boxes, but i don’t organize any further than that. i don’t have a lot of patterns, though – less than 50! i keep them out in the open because i like looking at them 😀

      hope this helps 🙂

  6. Colleen May 18, 2011 at 1:25 am #

    Proud of you. Can’t wait to see it Saturday!

  7. Anonymous September 23, 2011 at 4:44 am #

    beautiful dress and gorgeous fabric!!!!!! i’m making this dress and i have lost the lining instructions for this dress and was wondering how did u sew in the bodice lining ??

  8. Rhonda McMaster December 28, 2019 at 8:33 pm #

    I absolutely adore your dress (Vogue pattern v1227 size 8-12) and particularly the fabric you chose – it really enhances the design.
    I’m actually green with envy as I’ve been trying to procure this pattern for some time, but nobody seems to be holding it – ANYWHERE!!! I’m bedside myself. Please, darling, if you know of some place that may sell it could you please pass along that information, I would be eternally grateful.
    Much love
    Rhonda McMaster 🌹

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