Tied with a bow: Vogue 1176

Pattern: Vogue 1176, a Michael Kors Design

Fabric: 2 yds polka dot suiting (Rebecca Taylor, from Mood,) 2 yards red china silk lining

Shoes: Alfani

Notes: I’ve had this dress in my queue since it came out, but I kept waiting for someone to review it!  I’ve finally seen one review, and they didn’t indicate that there was anything crazy, so late at night last week I got started.  I was drawn to this design because of the pleated bodice and bow – pretty and striking, but not over the top with girliness.

I made a muslin and ended up taking in the bodice by 1″ and letting out the skirt by 1″ (I had originally cut an 8 bodice and waist and a 10 skirt.)  In my opinion this ratio seemed a little off.  I also shortened the skirt by 2″, giving me a hemline right at the top of my knees.  I recommend this pattern highly – the pleated bodice went together really easily, and all the pieces were well drafted.  It’s really not hard at all, just follow the directions (and make a muslin… there are no finished bust measurements provided on the tissue.)

I had a few issues.  The skirt is eased onto the bodice, giving a bit of a puffy effect.  I had a little trouble easing the back, but I managed.  It seems that it was designed for someone with a less flat behind than I have, because as you can see the back is a little loose.  The darts were identical for all sizes, which may be the problem… shouldn’t they be different?  I would reduce them if I made the dress again.  The other issue was not the pattern – it was my fabric!  This fabric has a stitched stripe, and it was really easy to accidentally snag.  You can see a row on the back that has a little pulling.  I don’t know if I can recommend the fabric for that reason – I had to make the straps twice because I somehow lost a row of stitching!


I like this dress in a suiting, because it’s appropriate for day (with a sweater or jacket) or evening.  I can’t believe it hasn’t been more popular – it’s fabulous, and seemingly not nearly as hard as some of the other Kors designs (like the Starlet dress… someday!) Now I’m going to take a few nights off from sewing – I had a sinus infection this weekend, so I stayed in and literally only sewed this dress!

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24 thoughts on “Tied with a bow: Vogue 1176

  1. You look fantastic, and I really love the red lining. The bodice looks perfect – well done!

    Hope you feel better soon – you’ve been slammed with flus etc of late.

  2. CGCouture says:

    Ugh! That sinus crap is definitely going around, my family is working on getting over it too. :-(

    Love the dress! It looks great on you, and while the fabric may not have been the best choice for ease of sewing, I think the end result was worth it! I wish I had a reason to make dresses like this….I can’t hardly justify sewing up anything that isn’t a t-shirt to wear with jeans, LOL.

    Any tips on sewing up fabric with stitches on it like that? I’ve got some shirting with a similar “stripe” effect that I was planning to make up for my hubby.

  3. Belinda Kwan says:

    I remember you talking about this fabric when you bought it and that you thought the stripe was on the face. At the time (although I didn’t say anything) I didn’t think the stripe would be on the face due the the fact that it would snag easily. Of course I didn’t consider that it might snag during sewing too…..

  4. Your dress turned out so cute, and I’m glad to hear it wasn’t super hard to sew! It’s been in my sewing queue too, but that draping bit intimidated me a bit… I was waiting for others to sew it also, to see how it went for them!

  5. Denise says:

    That is a beautiful dress and I when I learn more about sewing, I’d like to make one too.

    I would also like to say that I’ve been following your blog for a couple years now. First, because I am a knitter and now I am a sewer too. I’ve always appreciated all the information you post about your projects. Thanks!

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