Review: Vogue 1546 | The Dress I Want to Wear All Summer!

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I don't make dresses often. But every now and then, I make one that I want to wear everyday. And this is that dress.
This is Vogue Pattern 1546 by Australian designer Rebecca Vallance. I made the jumpsuit by her which is also from the same Spring 2016 collection.
This bodice type is a common style that Rebecca Vallance uses in a lot of her designs. The cut-in shoulder, open back is what draws me to her.
This dress is pretty straightforward if you think of it in the terms of a fit and flare dress. Unlike the jumpsuit, I didn't make a lot of fit modifications. I cut a size 12 in the bodice with the D cup and graded to a size 14 from the waist down. Even the midi length was perfect out of the envelope.
Even though I have an entire category on Underpinnings, and there's a specialty bra for every situation on the market. (You can search here to find one). The one question I'm ALWAYS asked when I sew something like this is what kind of bra am I going to wear? 
Now I could've reached for a specialty bra, but I decided to go with bra cups.
The next question is: How do you know where to place them? Well, you obviously have to get to a point where you can try on the bodice and pin them in place. You simply can't guess or eyeball this.
My fabric, this gorgeous Blue Indigo and White Floral Print Linen from Mood Fabrics is thin, very lightweight with a stiff drape that's perfect for this design. But the fabric was so thin that the bra cups shown through. After attaching the bra cups to the lining fabric, I added an underlining on top of that so that there would be another layer of fabric in between.
The halter neckline is secured with grosgrain ribbon and it is such a cute, delicate and feminine detail.
The back band has an exposed zipper closure.
The skirt is four pieces: the front and back upper pieces are interfaced and it's where the pleats are created and joined to the front and back lower pieces. I did have a small amount of gaping on the sides where the bodice joined the skirt. That was an easy fix by shortening the bodice on the sides by half an inch.
And it has pockets! Nice, deep pockets! My iPhone 7 Plus fits in there perfectly.
So if you're look for a dress for this summer with a lot of interesting details, then this is it!

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46 comments

  1. It's the back of this dress that sells it for me and the details in the skirt. How I wish I sewed. It's in me but I haven't dedicated the time to it. I learned alot from watching my mother who was a seamstress and made a couple of outfits many years ago.

    Anyhow, this is a great dress for the mature woman who wants to stay stylish while being cool as these days I never know when I'll break out into a sweat (wink!).

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    1. You seem like you have a passion for it. Maybe start out small and see if it gives you the tingles! Thanks Nylse!

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  2. Its beautiful! I need to get back into dressmaking again.

    www.libertylife.me

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  3. It's a gorgeous dress in a beautiful piece of fabric!

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  4. Lovely dress and I like the idea if the bra cup.

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    1. They helped tremendously! Thanks Marcy!

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  5. Damn that's hot! You look great as always.

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  6. Wow! What a fabulous dress. It's so pretty, the fabric is beautiful and it's perfect for summer.

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  7. Beautiful dress,Erica!

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  8. Love it ! I am so tempted to buy this pattern and your dress makes it even more hard to say no. The idea of the cups is great! You look beautiful!!!

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    1. You should get it! 😉 Thanks Camelia!

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  9. Absolutely beautiful and classy! The fabric is beautiful and the fit is just lovely.

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  10. I agree. You should wear that dress every day FOREVER, from now on. It is perfection!

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  11. Simply beautiful...I really love how you incorporated the video in key areas to further explain detail elements of the dress and pattern...thank you for that:)

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    1. Trying something new! Thanks Lora!

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  12. Stunning. I notice that on the pattern, though the model is gorgeous they have not fitted her properly in the dress, particularly in the bodice, so I'm so glad you showed us a version that is properly done. It's a wonderful pattern. Simply dazzling on you.

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    1. I noticed the same thing, especially the back of the skirt. Thank you Genevieve!

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  13. This is absolutely stunning! Your dress is beautiful and you look GORGEOUS! Love the little video at the end - thank you!

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    1. Thank you so much Tomasa!

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  14. Beautiful dress, looks great on you! Thank you for sharing.

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  15. What a charming dress!!!

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  16. I knew when you first displayed this fabric, it was going to be something absolutely stunning and I was right! This is a GORGEOUS dress on you and I would want to wear it all the time too!

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  17. I can see why you'd want to wear it every day. It is fabulous!

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  18. You have always had a soft spot for feminine dresses! Its this special part of you that will always be there. I love it when I see it! The fabric choice is perfect and will be timeless with the silhouette.
    Cindy

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  19. You look gorgeous in this dress, no wonder you want to wear it all day!! Thanks for the bra cup tips.

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  20. Love your dress! And that fabric - wow! I had to get online and order it right away and it certainly did not disappoint when it arrived in my mailbox yesterday! Thank you for showcasing a gorgeous fabric in a beautiful pattern and it looks fabulous on you!

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