Review: (OOP) Vogue 1288 | Shake, Shimmer and Sparkle!

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Erica B.'s DIY Style: (OOP) Vogue 1288, Made using fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
Vogue 1288 has been on my to sew list for a while.  So long, that the pattern is currently out-of-print.  I knew from the beginning that I would always make this dress using a sequin fabric.  It was just meant for it.  Then I ran across this perfect Blue and white Pailette Sequin Fabric at Mood Fabrics.com and is also my Mood Sewing Network post for this month.  So it was all was kismet!
Erica B.'s DIY Style: (OOP) Vogue 1288, Made using fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
I cut the pattern size 12 and lengthened by 3 inches.  
Erica B.'s DIY Style: (OOP) Vogue 1288, Made using fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
The sequin pailettes are sporadically placed on a polyester mesh backing, so I decided to underline it with this polyester stretch crepe de chine.
Erica B.'s DIY Style: (OOP) Vogue 1288, Made using fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
But when I tried it on, the sequins on the seams allowance were way too scratchy.  I know a lot of recommendations are to remove the sequins on the seam allowance.  I tested out swatches to see how it sewed.  And a Microtex needle sewed through the sequins like butter.  And to resolve the scratchiness, I used the remainder of my my white poly crepe to line the dress.  
Erica B.'s DIY Style: (OOP) Vogue 1288, Made using fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
I felt my fabrics had a significant amount of stretch, so I omitted my zipper.  
Erica B.'s DIY Style: (OOP) Vogue 1288, Made using fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
The overlay part was really easy, and just as the name suggests, an "overlay".
Erica B.'s DIY Style: (OOP) Vogue 1288, Made using fabric from Mood Fabrics.com
It's sewn with no lining and a raw finished hem.  And instead of using the instructions from the pattern, I didn't use the seam binding.  I allowed the sequin fabric to create finished edges.
And I did't have to hem the dress.  The raw edge was perfect.
Styling tip:  Sequin dresses are grandiose attention grabbers by nature.  So accessorizing should be minimal. The dress will always be the focal point, so there is NEVER a need for statement jewelry.  I wore silver accessories and no necklace was needed.  I wore strappy sandals that would pull colors from the dress and carried a simple white clutch.

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34 comments

  1. Absolutely beautiful, Erika! The shoes are perfect.

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  2. wow. you're a lifesize gemstone!

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  3. Beautiful choice of pattern & fabric together! Very stunning!
    See me at www.sewplus.blogspot.com

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  4. I love it. The colors are incredibly. And, I really love your shoes. I think I never ask this of you, but where will you wear this? Also, love your first shimmy photo. I have questions about your hair and makeup too. But, I think I've asked enough for one day :-)

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    1. There is always something to do on Birmingham and I'm always on the scene! Thanks Cidell!

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  5. Excellent marriage of.pattern and fabric, keep doing what you do.

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  6. This is just lovely! The color is so eye catching!

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  7. So pretty! I really love the color, it changes it up from the normal metallic shades of sequins. You look so young and fresh:)

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    1. I'll take young and fresh any day! Thanks Angela!

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  8. You look like a SUPERSTAR. You need to be on ALL the carpets; red, white, blue green.. You look so amazing in this!
    I was also going to say you look so young!

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  9. In a perfect world you would wear this every day.

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    1. I most definitely would!

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  10. Wow! So stunning. That colour totally pops on you. Well done for fronting out those sequins. A braver woman than i! :-)

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  11. Your husband needs to plan a special date night just for that dress! It is stunning.

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  12. Booooyaa! You make me want to buy some sequin faric!!

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    1. You should! Thanks Carol!

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  13. Beautiful as always. Thanks for sharing!

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  14. Beautiful! The colour is stunning

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  15. The dress is extraordinarily beautiful and you look gorgeous in that color! Wow!

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  16. This is spectacular. I love it!

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  17. Absolutely gorgeous!

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