Completed: Vogue 1610

26 Feb

Good morning, everyone! Sorry, I took the last few days off of blogging… to be honest, I’d spent the entire weekend in my sewing room futzing with ONE fitting adjustment for ONE pattern, and six muslins later (yeah, just typing that makes me die a little inside), I was done. Not done with the fitting adjustment – I wish! – but rather, done with sewing. I took some time away to do more important, non-sewy things (specifically: binge-watching infomericals from the comfort of my velvet couch and drinking bourbon with ginger beer… yum.), and I gotta say – I feel like a new woman now. Ready to go tackle that god-forsaken fitting adjustment and get back on the ~swagon~.

Speaking of swagon (which is like a sewing wagon, except way funnier), check out my new threads- baby’s first DVF!

Vogue 1610

OKKKKK, it’s not a ~real~ Diane von Furstenberg, obviously, but it *is* a Vogue Designer Pattern, which is close enough in my book. This is Vogue 1610, a classic DVF wrap dress with sleeve and length options. I found this dude at an estate sale a few years ago – in my size, and for $1, no less! – and this is the first chance I’ve had to make it up.

Vogue 1610

Sewing this wrap was an experience, albeit a fairly easy one. Although the pattern came in my size, a quick tissue fit (and by tissue fit, I mean I held it up to my chest and looked in the mirror, ha!) showed that the bodice front was big enough for complete coverage – which, when one is sewing a stretch knit, that is TOO big! You need the pieces to be a little smaller than you are, so they stretch into shape and give you that lovely silhouette that only negative ease can do. Further, this pattern was drafted for stable knits – i.e., pontes and double knits and all those goodies – and the fabric I had was an extremely fluid, extremely drapey rayon jersey. Fortunately, both the style of this dress + knit fabrics in general are pretty forgiving, so I sized down with some experimental hacking and I think it came out pretty good!

Vogue 1610

At the cutting stage, I took 1″ off the center back seam and the front side seam. I didn’t bother changing the pattern tissue itself (have you seen how much this pattern sells for on Etsy? Holy shit.), just folded over the edges to size and pinned them down. When cutting a piece on the fold, I just extended the pattern piece so it hung over the fabric edge by 1″. I also shortened the skirt by, um, a lot. I think 7″ the first time, and then another 2-3″ after I sewed it up (and immediately regretted that decision, because YIKES SHORT AIEEE). I don’t really recommend this type of size hacking unless you are very familiar with sewing and manipulating knits, because you can definitely end up with a surprise outcome, but it all worked out for me.

Vogue 1610

I chose not to follow the instructions that came with the pattern – I’m sure they were fine, but they were also written for stable knits and included things like facings and pockets. I hate pockets on knits, by the way! They always come out lumpy and can’t hold anything heavier than a cell phone. I also hate facings on knits because, whyyyy. Why would you put yourself through that kind of torture.

Vogue 1610

Construction-wise, I sewed everything up on my serger, except where I used my twin needle to topstitch the hems. The hems are stabilized with Stitch Witchery, which seemed like a brilliant idea at the time, but in retrospect, my hems are weird and stiff and lumpy. Not a good look! I also can’t trim any more length off that skirt for fear of indecent exposure. I’ve used Stitch Witchery in the past to stabilize hems, and I stand behind it, but for something as drapey as this rayon, it just didn’t work. Next time, I will probably just steam the heck out of it and sew very slowly to get my hems.

Vogue 1610

I applied my neck binding in the flat (starting at the center back and stretching down each side of the front individually), so I could get it as stretched as possible and cut off the excess. I think I ended up cutting a couple of inches off each end! The final result is a binding that stays in place and does NOT gape – which is important for this wrap style. I like my clothing to stay in place while I’m wearing it, thanks.

Vogue 1610
Vogue 1610

I was a little concerned that the gathered skirt would look stupid in a knit, but I actually think it’s quite lovely. I think the key here is to go with something lightweight and drapey – bulky fabrics will add, well, bulk!

Vogue 1610

Isn’t this fabric fun, though? It’s the Arc Deco rayon jersey from Mood Fabrics. I snapped up three yards of it while it was on 50% off sale (do y’all get those sale emails? Oh man. Those are dangerous.), specifically with this pattern in mind. It sewed up like a dream, wears like a dream, feels like a dream… just don’t use Stitch Witchery with it πŸ˜‰

Vogue 1610

Next time I make this, I’ll shorten the bodice a bit – whoever owned this pattern before me had lengthened it about 1″… I left it because it definitely hits my waist, but I think it looks a little long and unbalanced in these pictures. I also promise not to get too scissor-happy with the skirt length on the next go πŸ˜‰ But yeah, I’ll definitely be making this again – I want one in silk jersey, like a proper DVF! Yum!

Vogue 1610

I guess that’s it! Some housekeeping before I dip outta here-

Clare and I have already started planning the meet-up while we’re in NYC, and emails have been sent! I tried to get everyone who expressed interest, but inevitably I’m sure I missed someone. If you’d like in on the action for Saturday March 15th, holler at me and I’ll get that email out to you! I’m really excited about this trip, can you tell? πŸ™‚

– Oh, right, giveaway winner! Let’s see, random number generator says…

Ok, for whatever reason, Flickr won’t give me the html code to show the number box (and I don’t have time to futz with it this morning because I need to leave for work in… 5 minutes haha), but you can click this link if you want to see the screenshot. Btw, fuck you, Flickr.


Congratulations, Stevie Nicole! Watch for my email so we can get your Georgia out to you πŸ™‚

Everyone who asked – I don’t care if you copy my Georgia! Remember, I copied that lace+emerald combo from someone else. Plus, who doesn’t need a gorgeous sexy lace dress in their life, yeah? πŸ™‚


45 Responses to “Completed: Vogue 1610”

  1. ekabby111 February 26, 2014 at 8:49 am #

    I’m guessing from the pictures that you guys are dealing with warm weather.

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      We WERE, but it’s 30* again today. Wah πŸ˜₯

      • ekabby111 February 26, 2014 at 4:29 pm #

        High of 8* today! You jelly of my nuclear winter?!

  2. Jenny February 26, 2014 at 9:06 am #

    Yay looks beautiful! I am OBSESSED with wrap dresses, and gathered all my pattern reviews and tips and whatnot here:

    Now if I could just find a $1 DVF pattern I’d be sorted too!

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2014 at 3:48 pm #

      How cool! I love round-ups like this, very useful πŸ™‚

  3. The Sewing French Girl February 26, 2014 at 9:09 am #

    OMG OMG OMG I land on the 16th of March in NYC for 5 days, please include me in the fun!! (does it sound like begging? well that’s because IT IS)

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

      I don’t know if we have anything planned for the 16th (the big meet-up is the day before), BUT maybe you & I can meet up for a drink, or some more fabric shopping? πŸ™‚ Email me your number and I’ll keep you posted!

  4. Stevie Nicole (@stevie_bella) February 26, 2014 at 9:18 am #

    Your dress is beautiful! I love the fabric so much! I think DVF’s wrap dress is the only 70’s fashion I would like for myself. & yay! This is the first giveaway I’ve ever won!!!

  5. oonaballoona February 26, 2014 at 9:31 am #

    scrumalicious. which sounds bad but so totally is NOT. i swear that hair goes with everything. it’s frigging snowing here at the moment but i hope it heats up so you can rock that dress….

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2014 at 3:50 pm #

      Me too! Although, girl, at the rate you’re going, I’m going to be bringing enough clothes to change every couple of hours while I’m there πŸ˜‰

  6. rory February 26, 2014 at 9:44 am #

    WOWZA! You look gorgeous! The hair, the dress… Thanks for sharing this.

  7. Lisette February 26, 2014 at 9:54 am #

    So the lesson is that cutting knits is like cutting your bangs when they’re wet haha! Been there done that, spent a month wearing my unintentional Bettie Page bangs as best I could.
    I love a good wrap dress and yours is pretty 70s fabulous.

  8. Elle February 26, 2014 at 10:07 am #

    Never apologize for a short skirt. Never. I think this looks super sweet (sweet like how the kids say it, not sweet like Shirley Temple). I have a vintage pattern for a wrap dress that isn’t DVF, and while it’s still nice there ain’t nothing like the real thing.

    I have to say, even though Stitch Witchery didn’t work out for you this time, I totally picked up that tip from you and it’s been CHANGING my knit-hemming life, so thanks!

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2014 at 3:51 pm #

      I normally don’t apologize, but this one is short enough to *almost* be indecent, haha πŸ™‚ And yay, I’m glad I could help ya with some Stitch Witchery love!

  9. Michelle February 26, 2014 at 10:20 am #

    That you are outside with no coat, and bare skin makes me INSANE with jealousy!! Your sizing mods worked out nicely. The dress is a great fit. Oops on the length, but, overall, really fantastic!

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

      I’m jealous too! it’s 30* here today 😦 Tennessee weather is so fickle, ha!

  10. Grace February 26, 2014 at 12:07 pm #

    I want in on the NYC fun!! I’d love to meet you and some other sewists in person.
    I also have a DVF vintage pattern – it’s a size 12 I think. I need to grade it up for myself and then sew it once I get that new Bernina.

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2014 at 3:53 pm #

      Yay! I’ll forward the email to you πŸ™‚ And yes, get on that DVF sewing!

  11. Angela February 26, 2014 at 1:11 pm #

    Love the dress. Another DVF pattern success. Instead of Stitch Witchery, try using Steam a Seam. The fabric doesn’t lose its draping properties. I keep both the 1/4″ and 1/2″ in my stash at all times. Couldn’t do a knit hem without it.

  12. Seamstress from Venus February 26, 2014 at 1:20 pm #

    LOVE your wrap dress! Definitely an essential! AND you got the pattern for $1!! Man, that beats the almost $40 I spent on the Sew Over It Wrap Dress Pattern!! (Shipping from across the pond is ludicrous!) But the dress came out FANTASTIC! Check it out on my blog:

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2014 at 3:55 pm #

      LOOOVE IT. Oh man, that is SO classy! I want to try that pattern so bad, but you’re right – the shipping makes me sweat a little haha πŸ™‚

      • Lucy February 27, 2014 at 6:40 pm #

        Hmph, I bought that pattern and to save on shipping had it sent to my aunt in Scotland while my dad was staying with her. And then he forgot to bring it home.

        So now I’ve been nagging the parents to phone my aunt to get her to send it to NZ, because she doesn’t do email. Sigh. One day I might get it. I have fabric waiting for it too!

  13. Carolyn February 26, 2014 at 1:25 pm #

    I love the new dress – definitely make it from silk jersey! I made one of those dresses as a teenager, wish I’d known how much that pattern would be worth now! I’d have held onto it for dear life. *LOL* BTW, when Stitch Witchery doesn’t work for me, I try Steam A Seam and lately I’ve taken to making a small sample first to see which one works best because I’ve had the bumpy/lumpies happen to me too!

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

      Omg, Carolyn, I would give almost anything to see you in that dress as a teenager. I bet you were sooo cute!! And I am totally gonna try that Steam A Seam!

  14. redknitter February 26, 2014 at 2:09 pm #

    I’m so bummed about the timing of your trip. I’ll be there the weekend after you (for the first time since high school!), and I would have loved to meet you and everyone else! Oh, well. At least by the time I get there I’ll see where you guys went and have a better sense of which shops to hit up.

    • LLADYBIRD February 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm #

      Aw! Well, I’ll be sure to write up a good recap so you can learn from my experiences πŸ˜‰

  15. maypowers February 26, 2014 at 7:05 pm #

    Ooh, sewing meet up, yes please! Better pack some wooly things, because it is SNOWING AGAIN (insert weeping) here… but hopefully it’ll warm up before your trip!

  16. Beth B. February 26, 2014 at 7:46 pm #

    I was Googling about Stitch Witchery to hem a knit like, two days ago. I used Steam a Seam once and it turned out bad bad bad. I like dissolvable tape but go through it too quickly. I think I’m just going to suck it up and save money for a coverstitch machine instead πŸ˜›

  17. sewlaurasew February 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm #

    Love the dress! That fabric is so cool! I’m so keen to make a knit wrap dress, but I can never find decent jersey locally.

    I’m tentatively planning a trip to New York in mid-2015 for 50% fabric shopping, 50% tourist reasons! My face has turned bright green over this meet up. πŸ™‚

  18. Ang February 26, 2014 at 10:47 pm #

    Can I join your meetup?! I’m new to NYC and would love to leech some fabric shopping tips. I went to Mood for the first time this week, and spent about an hour standing in one place, dazed. You can reach me at sakepuppets at gmail. Thanks!

  19. missjoiedevivre February 26, 2014 at 11:42 pm #

    Yet another gorgeous dress! And what a steal on the pattern!

    Also, so sad I can’t be in NYC. It’s one of my international-cities-to-visit. One day!

  20. Big Red February 27, 2014 at 8:45 am #

    Bulleit bourbon + ginger beer OR fancy cane sugar root beer is a reason to live and will (eventually) solve all sewing woes. Adding baked chocolate doughnuts or gingersnaps to the equation only speeds up the recovery time–that, or adding in a REALLY good burger and duck fat fries.

  21. edenz February 27, 2014 at 11:21 am #

    I’m also interested in the NYC meetup – I’d love to meet other sewists in person!

  22. Kim February 27, 2014 at 11:53 am #

    Very cute dress! Wish I could join you guys for this years meet-up, but since I’m across the atlantic and actually going to Africa next week, that won’t be happening.. Enjoy it!!

  23. jantiki February 27, 2014 at 12:28 pm #

    Cute Dress!

  24. Shanni S February 27, 2014 at 3:56 pm #

    I’m kicking myself for missing that sale at Mood! I was considering it when I got the coupon that day, but didn’t pull the trigger. Argh! Your dress looks divine!

  25. Carol S February 27, 2014 at 6:29 pm #

    Silk jersey will be lovely but the 70’s originals were polyester. And if the length bothers you wear it with leggings and ballet flats.

  26. Beth March 1, 2014 at 8:16 pm #

    Your dress looks great! When topstitching a knit hem I’ve had success using a walking foot and with a regular foot, stitching on top of tissue paper. The tissue helps feed the fabric through and after I’m done stitching, I gently tear the paper away.

  27. mertxelasierra March 2, 2014 at 12:37 pm #

    I love wraps. But somehow they are easier in my imagination. In real life, they are difficult to adjust. I’ve made three versions of it, and I adore them!


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