Vogue 1029 - This Summer's White Dress!

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Project Details:

Pattern: Vogue 1029 (OOP) - Michael Kors

Pattern Sizing: 6-20, I cut the 14.

Fabric: White Ponteroma (72% polyester/24% rayon/4% spandex) - from Hancock Fabrics


Description: Close-fitting dress with front drape (wrong side will show), cap sleeves, gathers form drapes around body, shaped hem and invisible zipper closing.



When this pattern was first released in 2008, I didn't like it. I mean, I REALLY didn't like it! BUT I bought it anyway because (1) it's by Michael Kors and (2) I can't resist designer patterns. It's a must that I collect them. So it sat in my collection for the last 3 years. I was looking for another pattern not so long ago and ran across it and thought "why not"? I pulled it out and read through the instructions and VOILA! The rest is sewing history.

I love the lines of the dress. It's a t-shirt dress with a kick! I didn't have to make any alterations because the length was perfect.

For the neckline and the sleeves, I stabilized them before hemming with interfacing. For the drape and the hem of the skirt, I left them raw.

All of the ruched seams are stabilized with a lightweight stay tape. I mentally toyed with the idea of eliminating the invisible zipper and I dismissed it quickly. This is more of a stable knit and I felt it would be a nightmare trying to squeeze into this dress. Just the though caused me to hear seams popping!

I think this dress is just really visually appealing. There's a lot going on, but not in a tacky sort of way. IMO, I think this dress should only be made in a solid color. Could you imagine seeing it with ALL of it's detail in some wild print?! HORRID!

This is a very unique dress and I'm glad I dug it out to make it. One of these is all I need.

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69 comments

  1. Great dress, Erica! The back is especially smokin'! Great use of ponteroma to give it some structure.

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  2. Amazingly beautiful!

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  3. Absolutely Gorgeous!!!

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  4. Looking fabulous, as always! You are on a roll!

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  5. That is AWESOME looking on you!!! Tha back of it is FANTASTIC!! I just love your photography.

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  6. Oooooh I cannot STAND you! You look so hot!

    And of course I HAVE to know, where did you get the shoes???

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  7. Thanks TIH! The shoes are from Steve Madden.

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  8. Love love love this dress. White is the bomb. Nice job Erica.

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  9. I wasn't sure about this one when it came out either but now I love it. You've got to make your patterns up before they go out of print so we can copy you!! You look fantastic in this dress, so much better than the model.

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  10. Amazing! I really like all the gather detailing. Absolutely fab!

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  11. Wow this dress is amazing on you!!!!

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  12. This dress is amazing and you look gorgeous. Everything about this outfit is banging, including the shoes.

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  13. Is that you in the pic?? If so, you look super fab!!

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  14. Erica, this is a seriously smokin' dress! I am so impressed by the things you make--always lovely, tasteful--great sense of style you have!

    Gail D.

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  15. Fantastic dress. The white fabric was a great choice because it shows all the details. TFS

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  16. You look fantastic, and I love the dress in white! Wow!

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  17. Love this dress, lucky that you had it there waiting for when you were ready!

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  18. Very glamorous. That was a great idea to purchase tht pattern:

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  19. WOW! I LOVE this dress!! You look great!

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  20. Stunning dress! You look fantastic.

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  21. That dress is fabulous and you look smoking!

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  22. Yes, it turns out Michael Kors knew what he was doing, after all. Hot dress! Superb execution

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  23. Very, very classy, my dear!

    Isn't funny how things we once hated will grow on us?

    I would think your favorite thing about this dress would be choosing which chunky, funky accessories to go with it. ;-)

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  24. Don't take this the wrong way.... But you are now my official girl crush. You share that distinction with Michelle Obama and Halle Berry.

    I am sooooooo IMPRESSED!

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  25. Uau! It's fantastic! Gorgeous! Amazing! Incredibly beautiful and sexy!

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  26. That dress is bad!!!! I'm in love!

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  27. i can see why you didn't like it - the pattern photo is kind of ehhhh. i'm glad you made it, though, because it looks fantastic on you! really really flattering, and i love that you picked a classic white.

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  28. Lady you are on fire!!!! :) Just FAB!

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  29. I admire (and envy) your ability to choose patterns/fabrics that look so STUNNING on you! That's what I want for me!

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  30. Here go Erica showing off again...Well Done!

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  31. You look amazing, the dress is perfect.

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  32. Wolf whistles!!!

    Just curious - how big is your closet? You have - like - a million awesome dresses!!!! And the shoes....

    You look great!

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  33. Debra, the closet is a sore subject right now. It'll be at least 4 years before I can get that "dream closet"! I have a walk-in and it's overflowing!

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  34. OMG!!!!! I love how a covered up dress can be so sexy! Your styling is always right on too.

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  35. This is so sexy and classy

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  36. Fabulous dress! Love your patterns, fabrics, everything:)) Best regards

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  37. Looks stunning, and you carry it off beautifully!

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  38. Wow, awesome dress! You look fabulous in it!

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  39. Stunning and so classy! Great job! :)

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  40. Gorgeous.....love the details on this dress!

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  41. That is absolutely STUNNING on you! I always enjoy reading your reviews, and I gain inspiration to try new and more challenging techniques because of your talent. Thanks for sharing!

    Jennifer in KS

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  42. Love your dress! Really stunning! Congrats on your Vogue article!

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  43. Wow!!! Need I say more?

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  44. You are so talented it's crazy! Loving the dress!

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  45. Just stunning!The dress looks better on you than it does on the model pic. And such an inspiration! Thanks for taking the time to blog, Erica. Well done!

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  46. happy you decided to sew it--looks fabulous! What was the difficulty level?

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  47. Parabéns! Ficou bonito e sensual!
    E suas fotos estão muito profissionais.

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  48. Roxann it was pretty simple.

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  49. Gosh! You look so hot and yet very elegant too! Not tacky at all!

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  50. WOW. That white just pops with your warm complexion, it is so sophisticated. And may I say how much I love your hair - very chic and frames your bone structure perfectly!

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  51. I felt the same way about this pattern, and yet I bought it anyway as well. Now here is proof that it is worth a try. I just bought a gorgeous royal blue cotton/lycra ponte knit just for this pattern. May I ask how you stitched & finished your seams? Overlocker or stretch stitch?

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  52. The seams are serged. Thanks!

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  53. Trully FABULOUS!!! I'm in awe with this dress!!

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  54. Damn woman. You look HOT in this dress. If I were you I would never take it off!

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  55. Well made and gorgeous on you! Love your new hair do :)

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  56. I see why you hated it, the pattern picture is dreadful but your dress is HOT!

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  57. its very nice your work

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  58. What a flattering dress!

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