Review: Vogue 1488 | A Bold-Colored Shirtdress for the First Day of Spring!

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Vogue Patterns 1488 | Bold-Colored Shirtdress - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
It's the first day of spring and boy, was I ready! It's almost 80°, sunny and just beautiful outside. For the last couple of weeks right after the move, I came down with the flu. I don't know if it was already baking or if it was because I was super exhausted. But I'm so glad I'm feeling better right now and I'm enjoying my new sewing studio. But let's talk about this dress!
Vogue Patterns 1488 | Bold-Colored Shirtdress - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
This dress is Vogue 1488, by DKNY. 
Unfortunately, this pattern is discontinued. If you all remember last year, the licensor of the Donna Karan trademarks decided to end pattern licensing with McCall Pattern Company. So when Hancock Fabrics closed their doors last year, I gobbled up every single Donna Karan Collection/DKNY pattern that I didn't already have in my collection that I wanted. And this was one of them. If you want this pattern, I suggest searching Etsy.com or eBay.
This design is from the DKNY Pre-Fall 2013 Collection

Vogue Patterns 1488 | Bold-Colored Shirtdress - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
For my dress, I cut the size 14 and lengthened it by one inch at the waist. My fabric is this delicious designer Bright Rose Crepe from Mood Fabrics.com. It's a poly/acetate crepe with an amazing drape. It's absolutely gorgeous visually and to the touch.
Sewing tip: To ensure a clean finish on neck bands, pin the neck band to the WRONG side and stitch. And instead of having to slipstitch to finish and then edgestitching, or trying to stitch in the ditch and while catching the underside... you can just pin in place and edgestitch to finish.

Love the way that turned out.
Vogue Patterns 1488 | Bold-Colored Shirtdress - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
A favorite detail are the yokes. The front and back yokes have mock tucks. I think this is such a polished look.
Vogue Patterns 1488 | Bold-Colored Shirtdress - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
And the sleeves are perfect for warm weather.
The sleeves have narrow hems with back-folded cuffs...
and button tabs.
Since I currently live too far to just run to JoAnn's for buttons, I found these in Walmart. And they're super cute. They look like spring!
Vogue Patterns 1488 | Bold-Colored Shirtdress - Erica Bunker DIY Style!
I'm so happy with the way my first spring piece turned out. It's great motivation to keep sewing and I'm so excited about new clothes!

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41 comments

  1. Love it in this fabric and color! I grabbed this one too because it's a great twist on the classic shirtdress. Fabulous fit as always. So glad you are over the flu and enjoying your new sewing space.

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    1. I'm happy that you got yours too! Thanks!

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  2. Absolutely perfect!!!

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  3. I love this so much, the only thing I don't like is that I didn't also go and buy this pattern when it was still available!!

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  4. This dress is just so gorgeous on you. I love the mock tucks and the twist tie is a great design feature. The fabric and color you chose are beautiful. Also, glad you are feeling better!

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  5. Thank you for the great tip with the neckband! Your shirtdress is beautiful! I love all the details, and how the bottom drapes wonderfully with the tie. You look great!

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  6. What a gorgeous color! This dress is totally you and I love all the different design elements. Glad to see you back finally!

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  7. Love it Love it Love it!

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  8. You are so talented. I'm so jealous, I've been saying I was going to learn to sew and still haven't. Great look!

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  9. It is a gorgeous dress in the perfect spring color!

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  10. Oh my I don't know how to express how I feel about your dress but when I saw this my eyes popped right out of my head and I can only say, Hot Diggity Dang, this is an awesome looking dress! Thanks for sharing all of the tips on construction; it makes me think it might actually be do-able for me.

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  11. Very pretty dress! Love the color

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  12. Super cute! I also love a shirt dress, they are so perfect for work. And timeless. I'm loving that color too. So ready for Spring!!!!!

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    1. Yes! Such a versatile dress! Thanks Pam!

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  13. Your fabric is beautiful and this dress. It's just fabulous!

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  14. It has many pretty details and you sewed them
    wonderfully, Donna would be proud! :)

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  15. Absolutely gorgeous! I will need to pick this pattern up, and the fabric too! Love the whole thing!

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  16. You look stunning! That color on your is really pretty and of course the sewing is impeccable.

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  17. Wow! Gorgeous dress! The color is beautiful and love the crepe...it looks so "spongy" I can almost feel it 😊

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  18. Beautiful! Now I need this pattern. Any idea of where I could find it since it is now out of print? I love this dress and you look amazing in it!!

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  19. I love the scarf choker! the colors are the perfect pop for the dress which is fabulous!

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