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.

Vogue 1329  

Pattern Description:
MISSES' DRESS: Close-fitting, lined dress (fitted through hips) has yokes, right front with pleats, back princess seams, and invisible zipper.

Pattern Sizing:
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.

Fabric Used:
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


  1. Dynamite! Great dress on you! I was just thinking about how much I like black and white while I was trying on my new top with white trousers - thank you so much for your comments btw!

  2. Wow what a stunning dress! Love it.

  3. Lovely dress! Love the black and white... it's so classic and stylish!

  4. Beautiful dress! I'm saving this in my B&W inspiration folder.

  5. Great dress - very fresh looking with the classic black and white.

  6. Fabulous! You look stunning in this, very dramatic in a good way :) and quite inspirational.

  7. How very lovely Cennetta. I call that look dressy cool (because of the sunnies). It's a wonderful fit and I love the color blocking.

  8. love this dress, I got this pattern and can't wait to try it. your version looks fantastic.

  9. Looks great, I hadn't noticed the waist pleats on the pattern photo which make it a much more interesting dress pattern and one you can use again even if the colourblocking trend disappears someday.

  10. Like it and think the color block as it is...makes lovely curves!

  11. I love this dress on you! Reversing the colors gives you a nice "summery" dress. Great job as usual.

  12. I love it! You look like you are definitely ready for spring!

  13. omg that is SO chic! beautiful work!

  14. Just beautiful Cennetta.Good idea to do the opposite colour way! I want to jump on the colour blocking bandwagon too, soon.

  15. Rock em, sock em, knock em dead!!!!!!

  16. Your princess seams are so straight and the swayback alteration is perfect! The fit is so flattering and the color choice just makes such a dramatic effect...WOW! We could all use a dress like this in the wardrobe! Thanks for sharing it!

  17. This is fantastic on you! Love getting to see your new creations again!

  18. Very attractive and flattering on you. I love the black and white combos I'm seeing everywhere lately.

  19. Gorgeous! Now I want to make this too, thanks for sharing!

  20. You've done a wonderful job with this! I kind of overlooked it as well, but you've proved it's worth a second glance :) Great job on the fit!



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