Sunday, December 30, 2012

Vogue 1194: a bright pink dress

Are you blinded by the snow outside the window in my photos?  I've actually been sewing a bit last month and this month, but haven't taken any photos because the days are so short I'm not home to enjoy any sunlight.  Today Lee snow widowed me (it's our first major snow) to ski in New Hampshire and I got to finish this dress while sipping tea and running a period romance in the background.  I love Helena Bonham Carter movies, and now recommend Wings of the Dove.  It's a little more twisted than you would expect, certainly not a Sense and Sensibility or Pride and Prejudice!

And well, here is my new dress.  It's made from a pink rayon doubleknit from Gorgeous Fabrics.  It pressed wonderfully, but if you look closely you will see some kind of salt residue from my iron on the front.  I need to figure out how to get rid of that.  The doubleknit is wonderful to wear, but I think I would make this dress again in a lighter knit.  There are several points where you are sewing through 6 layers of fabric and I really had to wrestle with my machine to make it work.

Vogue 1194 side.  Isn't the perspective a little quirky?  It looks like the chair is twice my size!

Vogue 1194 back

Vogue 1194 front.  I've never realized this before but I think I have a slight forward right shoulder.
This is another pattern that I've graded down to a size 6, and I made a muslin of the bodice only.  From there I figured it would fit and am pretty happy with the result.  The dress is a very easy one to wear with a full skirt -- I left out the pockets but if you added them this would be a nice casual dress to wear with heavy tights or leggings and flat boots (and I am on the lookout for some cute flat boots!)

And if you'd like to watch a preview for Wings of the Dove...


This is probably my last post of the year.  I've enjoyed the sewing recaps that I've seen many of you, my sewing friends, post on your blogs in the last few days.  I look forward to seeing more of your projects in 2013!

18 comments:

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    1. Thanks Vicki! Happy new year to you, too!

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  2. Happy New Year! Great color. I love the recaps too. "Snow Widow" heh.

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  3. Beautiful colour and the detailing on the bodice is very interesting. Happy New Year:)

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  4. That IS blindingly bright snow - is it really deep? Your dress has turned out really nicely - the bodice fit and colour are great. Happy New Year to you!

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  5. I love your dress. That color looks great on you. I am also jealous that you have snow. It is supposed to be 70 here in south Alabama on Tuesday. GRRR!! I would rather be saying BRRRRR. Have a Happy NewYEar!!

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  6. Melissa you do make the cutest things. Love your pink dress.

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  7. This looks great on you! I love the pattern and the color. The fabric looks like it's perfect for it.

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  8. Oh every version I've seen of this pattern has looked beautiful, and yours is no exception! I love the little twisted belt on the front; and the lovely bright colour, perfectly cheering for winter.

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  9. Looks fantastic! And how lovely to be able to sew and sip tea and watch an afternoon movie. Very luxurious!

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  10. I love the color and style on you, happy new year!

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  11. Great dress and the bright pink looks fabulous on you. Happy New Year!

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  12. It is a very pretty color for a winter dress and for you! I saw that movie years ago, you are right about not being what you first expected, I love Helena Bonham Carter movies, although lately she seems to go for the "bad girl" role =)

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  13. This is really cute! I love that color on you. Nothing is more comfy than a double knit dress in winter.

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  14. Fabulous. I've got that pattern but haven't had a chance to make it up yet

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  15. Sweeet! I just found you via a link on another blog (no idea which one, I've got too many tabs open to figure it out) and I've enjoyed trawling through your archive. Got your RSS feed now so I'll see you around. Cheers.

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  16. CUTE dress!!! I love your version! I made mine in bright red! You look great in this:)

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  17. Very cute dress. Love the colour!

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