Wednesday, August 12, 2015

Vogue 1395 - Breezy Rebecca Taylor Summer Dress

Bold and beautiful Anna Sui silk voile, a pale soft yellow topped with bold vibrant sunflowers on flocked dots, little texture.  This fabric is extremely breathable. 

As stated in my previous post about this dress, my confidence was boosted after working out the fit issues and ignoring the recommendation  indicated on the pattern envelope. 

Vogue rated the pattern "easy", and I think that is an appropriate assessment.  It sewed up easy and didn't present any difficult construction techniques or confusing instructions.  The dress is basically five major pattern pieces plus two binding stripes.

It comes in sizes 8 to 24; I used size 14 with modifications.

My plan was to make this for my summer vacation, but I was unable to make it in time for the trip.  Luckily, it's finished and ready for my next vacation.

Construction - I appreciate some of the construction techniques provided by Vogue.  The little things like the finishing on the neckline and armholes gives the dress a polished finish.  Now, there are some that I'm not to crazy about; like the three rows of stitching.  That seems like a waste of time.  Why not suggest french seams or serging.  Anyway, I serged the seams of the skirt, the two layers of lining, and the underlining to the fashion fabric of the bodice.  For the overlay, I sewed a french seam down the center back. Other changes are noted here.

Observation -  I underlined the front and back bodice to reduce transparency.  The back overlay is not underlined as I didn't want to add any bulk to the draping of it.  It has the cut-on back sleeve.  So part of the sleeve is underlined whiel the other half is not.  It almost goes unnoticed.  I realized it been I attached the overlay to the bodice.

Will I sew it again?  Sure, I want a crepe de chine version too.  And I do recommend it to others with modification if your body shape is similar to mine.  With most commercial patterns, 99.5 percent of the time I need to modify some aspect of it. 

I think this is a nice little summer dress.  It could be made up in knit as well.

Happy Sewing!


  1. Great info on the Vogue pattern. Very helpful. Love your fabric choice. You look lovely in the dress! Great job!

  2. You knocked this out of the partk - it's beautiful and suits you very well. Thks for the tips!

  3. Great dress in a lovely fabric, I have this pattern and haven't made it past the muslin stage yet, you have got me thinking about trying it in a knit now, never thought of that!

  4. Pretty dress and it screams summer... great fit.

  5. Love your dress. It's beautiful. The fabric, the colors, the silhouette, just gorgeous!

  6. The dress is beautiful and you look beautiful in it.

  7. Very beautiful dress Cennetta! I love the colors, I love the shape, and the styling of this dress! I must say, you look well rested and glowing! Retirement must be wonderful for you!

  8. Every time I see another version of this pattern I want to try it even more!

  9. the patience, the foresight, the beauty - So inspirational. Thanks for this design clothes online idea.



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