Vogue 1087 - Little (Winter) White Dress!

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Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1087 - Donna Karan Collection

Description: Fitted dress, below mid-knee, has pleated and tucked front forming wrap effect. Front extends to back at sides, back has zipper and hemline vent. No side seams.

Pattern Sizing: 4 - 18, I cut the 14.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Other than mine is wrapped the opposite way, yes it did.

Fabric: Ivory Ponteroma Knit (I love that stuff!)

Were the instructions easy to follow? It was to be expected that the instructions would be difficult. This is a Vogue ADVANCED pattern and it lived up to its rating. There were a plethora of markings and I found it easiest to color code the different symbols. I thought Vogue 1117 was challenging, but this one makes that one look like a walk in the park. Needless to say, my seam ripper worked over-time on this project.

Donna Karan Collection - Resort 2008

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I'm a sucker for the designer patterns from runway looks and this one was no exception. I love that it's a Donna Karan design. She most certainly knows how to dress a "woman's" body. The details of this dress is absolutely wonderful. I love the crisscross front and the draping. And the back gives you the look of a tailored sheath dress. I didn't like how the bodice panel was just loose hanging. I kept feeling the need to want to tack it down. And the instructions lead you to believe that all of the seams will be left unfinished. Well, I serged mine and hemmed when I felt it should be done. You'll just have to wing this part based on your own experience.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: According to the finished measurements, I knew I didn't need to do a FBA. The bodice has a lot of ease and was clearly cut for a larger bust. I probably could have cut a size 12 on top. As with most patterns, I had to add 3 inches to the length. I also used a fusible knit interfacing to the zipper area. The skirt back has inverted darts. I didn't want to take a chance that they wouldn't lay flat, so I edgestitched them down.

Would you sew it again? Nope... not a chance... it's already been trashed. Would you recommend it to others? You're on your own if you want to try this one.

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