Sunday, April 8, 2012

Vogue 1242 - My Anniversary Frock

Happy Easter!

Vogue 1242

This Kay Unger dress has been on my list for a while. So this spring I decided to make it for the Pastoral Anniversary dinner.

Pattern Description:
MISSES' DRESS: Close-fitting, lined dress has left side seam invisible zipper and unlined over skirt.

Pattern Sizing: 6-18. I made size 14 with a lot of modifications to the bodice.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, except for the small design change in the upper bodice.

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. Simple. Nothing gave me heartburn. You need to pay close attention to how to cut the pattern pieces. It matters and will impact the construction of the dress.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
My likes -
- drape across the middle section.
- overlay of the skirt.
- applique and bow
My dislikes -
- The many pieces to form the midriff.
- My selection of fabric; I should have chosen a satin with a more body to it. The pleats may have formed better.

Applique and Bow -

Fabric Used: Medium weight satin from JoAnn's.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Oh my God! Where do I begin? They say, "A picture is worth a thousand words." So here is the picture of the FBA. There are six pieces for the bodice front. The upper pieces you can clearly see the FBA. But the lower pieces I didn't think I were need to alter until later. So I had to recut the middle section to correctly line up to the upper bodice vertical seaming. Needless to say, I didn't capture that change, but it was just a matter of making that section a little wider. Because of the  FBA, I ended up gathering along the bottom edge of the upper bodice help match up with the seams of the lower bodice.
Sway back adjustment - standard and pretty easy to do.
Length the skirt about three inches.
Rise the underarm seam about 1/2 for better coverage.
I lined the over skirt. update

The rest of the fitting adjustments were made as I sew the dress together. And believe me, I must have tried it on about twenty times during the process of getting a decent fit in the bodice.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? No. I only need/want one. But I do recommend it to others.

I made a little shrug to get me warm. This dress is cut low exposing chest, back and arms.

Conclusion: I like the style of this dress. It's hard difficult to sew, but can be a challenge to incorporate fitting adjustments and keeping the integrity of the seams.


  1. You look beautiful in this dress! I love the color you chose. I really like the pattern too. Just gorgeous!

  2. Gorgeous dress Lady! Love the color and style. And the applique adorned it so well:)

  3. Love, love this dress! Such a gorgeous color - symbolic of royalty - and a fabulous fit. I'm lovin' the bling too! Shrugs are always a good idea as I tend to get chilly more often than most. Nice work!

  4. You look sensational! Definitely a very special dress.

  5. Pretty!! I felt your pain! LOL!

  6. The dress was challenging; however the result was stunning.

  7. This is a beautiful dress and a great piece of work on your part.

  8. Cennetta, I copied the picture for the show, so I have a picture of the dress. You won't need to bring it. Looks fantastic!

  9. Very, very nice! This looks so expensive! I bet you feel exquisite in it too!

  10. Stunning. I love that color on you! This pattern has been on my radar for a while. You've sold it to me.

  11. What a beautiful job you've made of this dress. The colour is fabulous on you.

  12. Beautiful dress and great workmanship as always. Sounds like a lot of work - and trying on! - but the results are totally worth it.

  13. Thanks,ladies. Much appreciated.

  14. Satin is difficult to sew, and difficult to wear well. You have done a lovely job of both Great fitting, also.

  15. It's beautiful and you look so beautiful and serene in it.

  16. Beautiful dress! It seems like it was a lot of work, but you really made something lovely. I hope you had fun wearing it!

  17. Wow! What a stunner! Congrats. Definitely want to try this pattern based on your gorgeous results.



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