Wednesday, May 8, 2013
Blocked in Vogue 1329 Kay Unger
Color blocked dresses are still on trend. White and black are very popular this season. Initially, I thought I'd take a pass on the Kay Unger black and white dress, but after a conversation with Sandra Young (HCC), I decided to give it a try. Then I questioned whether or not I wanted another black dress as I have four in my closet ready. So I followed Erica B's lead making the dress in the opposite color combination.
MISSES' DRESS: Close-fitting, lined dress (fitted through hips) has yokes, right front with pleats, back princess seams, and invisible zipper.
8 to 24; I used size 14 with modifications.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, except for the switch in the color combination.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were easy to follow.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the pleating across the front of the dress and the color blocked style. No real dislike, but when this pattern was first released, I thought I'd pass on it because the Figure Flattery symbol did not include my body shape. In hind sight, I still think the girls are way out there in this dress.
My fabric is a stretch woven gabardine from Hancock's. It sewed together with no problem. The stretch in it is almost non-existent. The lining is poly/cotton blend that I got from Vogue.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I made my usual alterations:
FBA - I rotated the dart into the three lower front pleats. The lining is princess seam. So I followed standard Palmer-Pletsch adjustment for that.
Swayback adjustment - folded out the excess along the lower center back and curved out that same section of the back for a closer fit.
Lengthen - as usual added a few inches to the hem. I wanted the hem to be mid knee.
Broad Shoulder adjustment and rise the underarm hole about 1/2 inch to ensure full coverage.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'm not sure. If I do, I think I'll extend the yoke past the bust area for a more flattering look. Yes, I do recommend it to others.
Conclusion: This is a fairly easy trendy dress to sew. Happy Sewing! C