Review: Vogue 9253 | A Kimono Dress!

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Here is your next version of the ever-popular Vogue 9253. I went ahead and got my version sewn quickly. This is going to be one of those patterns that seems like it may go viral throughout blogland. That has happened to a lot of fabulous patterns before. And that's the quickest way for me to lose interest and push a pattern envelope to the back of my filing cabinet. That's probably why I generally don't have any interest in participating in a sew-along where everyone is sewing the same pattern. It's like when a song you love gets worn out by too much radio play! Remember "Black Beatles" by Rae Sremmurd? The Mannequin Challenge killed that song for me.  
When I set out to make my dress, I knew I was going to do the short version. I wanted a "day dress". Plunging neckline and a length sweeping the floor screams "eveningwear". No matter the fabric choice. I'd look like I was on my way to walk a red carpet. And as much as I adore the look of maxi dresses, I'm the biggest klutz! I've been known to fall upstairs from stepping on the front hem. And this dress is so great, I wanted options! I wanted to be able to wear it out to dinner with heels. I wanted to be able to put on a flat sandal and run errands or hit up the farmer's market with the ability to bend forward without a wardrobe malfunction.
This fabric has such a fun, fabulous, vibrant and modern bohemian vibe. I think it compliments this dress in such a great way, because there aren't a lot of seam lines that interfere. And also because the print is abstract enough that I didn't have to worry about matching the pattern. It's the Designer Indio Festival Rayon Crepe Woven from LA Finch Fabrics.
I chose to close up the neckline about 4 1/2". I wanted a deep V without being opened to the waistline.
Even though I plan to revisit this pattern and create more of an evening look, I'm so glad this version is so wearable. I love this fabric so much. It almost became a kimono... but even better now. A kimono dress!
I love that the length of this pattern is very generous. This is the midi length straight out of the envelope.
All in all, this is such a fun dress. The colors are so bright and cheerful that they just make me happy. And I can't wait to put this on again!

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41 comments

  1. I love the dress especially the fabric. Thanks for putting me on to a difference online fabric store. They have some nice prints.

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  2. Love this dress. The colors are so vibrant and cheerful. You made this dress look totally different from what McCall's put on the envelope. I adore your version. GORGEOUS!!!!

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  3. Love your dress!!!!!

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  4. It's the perfect match of fabric + pattern! Lovely!

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  5. Love your dress and this pattern has already gone viral. I like the higher neckline too.

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  6. beautiful fabric, you look lovely in it

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  7. Brilliant match of pattern to fabric, love it.

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  8. Love this! Definitely more wearable than the version on the envelope. Can see you wearing it in all the scenarios you mentioned, and wow what fabric! Thanks for sharing.

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  9. Love this! I picked up this pattern and I was thinking.....' how do I still make this cute without doing such a deep V with my big' ol watermelons?' Lol. Thanks for making your version without the deep v!!!! And it still looks BOMB!

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  10. Very chic and urban at the same time! Love it! And that print is bomb!

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  11. So glad I found your blog!! One day I'm going to put out looks like this��. You are such an inspiration!!

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  12. Beautiful dress, I love it!

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  13. You are the best at pattern & fabric matches. This is sooo beautiful!

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  14. I have no words, and for me, that's not normal. This is simply amazing. Your fabric and color choices as well as your styling is spot on.

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  15. Your dress is absolutely stunning, Erica. I love the fabric and the length gives it an elegant look. Raising the neckline was a good call, even for evening.

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  16. As usual, you've done it again Ms. Erica. Funny, popularity of sewing patterns these days are like Hondas, everybody's got one. It's a matter of how you choose to separate yourself from the crowd. Fabric choice, a slight change to the design, how you wear it and how it will wear you. The only way around it is to design your own car, but in this case your own patterns. Again, beautiful work.

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  17. Hi Erica, did you lengthen the bodice & make a size 14? I can avoid making a muslin if I base off your adjustments! Thanks, Rachel

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    1. In the post, I mentioned how pleased I am with the length straight out of the envelope!

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    2. Sorry - I thought you were referring to the hem length in that part of your post, rather than the bodice length.

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    3. Nope, the full dress. I ALWAYS mention ANY modification I make.

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    4. I guess I now know that for the future.

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