Vogue 1258

3 Sep

Pattern: Vogue 1258, a Vena Cava design

Fabric: ITY knit, 2 yards (from fabric.com)

Notes: Vogue 1258 is not your average knit dress!  I chose this design as part of my current project – trying new silhouettes, and rejecting the notion that I need to hide certain parts of my body.  Vogue claims that this dress is suitable for the pear shaped figure (abbreviated as a triangle on the envelope.)  I found that claim to be somewhat dubious when I first saw the fall patterns.  Is that true?  Well, that depends on how comfortable you are with emphasizing the lower half of your body.  There are a lot of pleats and pockets all jammed together at the hipline.  But you know what?  I think I really like it!

It does not, in my opinion, look much like the envelope photo.  For one thin, the sleeves are longer and less cap-like than they appeared at first, which is fine with me.  The front drape has more volume, though that may be sizing.  The break for the sizes came between 8 and 10, so I bought the larger size.  This is a straight size 10, but I think an eight would have been more similar to the photo.

The other difference (and my only real issue) is the back hemline.  The weight of the pleats and pockets, combined with the ties (which do pull at the back a bit) cause the back hemline to pull up a little.   If I made this dress again I would allow for extra length back there.  I’m emphasizing it in this photo (the pockets cause it to look worse) but that’s something to watch out for!  It’s wearable either way.  It does make me look a little wider in the back than I am, again due to the pockets (which fall open to the sides a bit when not in use) but that doesn’t really bother me.  I do really like the way the bias cut skirt lined up in this print!

Alterations to the pattern: I shortened the dress by 4 inches at the hem, so mine is not as pegged (tapered) as the original.  It went to just below my knee without the alteration, which I don’t find flattering.  I also omitted the topstitching on the sleeve bands, though I did topstitch the seams where called for.  I really think this is an excellent pattern, and one which should flatter a variety of figures.  I wasn’t super excited by the first Vena Cava patterns, but I’m so glad I tried this one!

By the way, can you tell I’ve currently got one camera lens that I love, and one that I cannot get to take nice photos?  I’m on the lookout for a good multi-purpose lens, but I find all the different types to be very confusing.  I’ve currently got a 50mm, which I love, and a zoom lens (is that the right terminology?) that I don’t, as it doesn’t focus well and tends to get terrible lens flare.  I find that using the SLR has a learning curve, but I’m trying!


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28 Responses to “Vogue 1258”

  1. allisonC September 3, 2011 at 9:40 pm #

    This is a fantastic dress on you and it is great to see that it really works in a print too, maybe I will make another one!

  2. CGCouture September 3, 2011 at 11:08 pm #

    Man I love this dress–every rendition of it so far has been fabulous. And to think when I saw the pattern envelope design I was kind of like “meh”.

  3. keeralynn September 4, 2011 at 12:00 am #

    Love the dress. You look really fantastic in that last photo! A DSLR takes some getting used, but it seems you are a fast learner. Good Luck with your lens search!


  4. Anne (I should be sleeping) September 4, 2011 at 12:12 am #

    It’s lovely!
    I love that you post really specifically what you like and don’t like about your sewing- it helps me in a generally-amassing-information-for-when-I’m-brave-enough-to-sew-for-myself kindof way :)

  5. Debbie Cook September 4, 2011 at 12:34 am #

    Love this dress on you, and I’m happy to read that the parts you might have thought twice about aren’t bothering you, because I’m not seeing any flaws here. Oh, and you have such pretty eyes!!

  6. Eugenia September 4, 2011 at 2:22 am #

    Fabulous dress – it looks wonderful on you!

  7. toy September 4, 2011 at 3:31 am #

    you look great! Its a pretty dress

  8. kirsty September 4, 2011 at 4:49 am #

    Your dress looks gorgeous, and suits you very well :-)

  9. prttynpnk September 4, 2011 at 5:38 am #

    Lovely dress and your tips will really help!

  10. Gabrielle September 4, 2011 at 5:42 am #

    The dress looks great on you, from front and back. Having seen it on you I am now tempted too!

  11. Debi September 4, 2011 at 6:00 am #

    FABULOUS dress! I love it!!! That fabric is amazing!

  12. catherinedaze September 4, 2011 at 7:07 am #

    Lovely dress. I wouldn’t have thought to try this one in a print but it works so well. And pockets are just an added bonus.

  13. eva b September 4, 2011 at 7:33 am #

    Very nice dress!! I really like the colors on you!

    My favorite lens is my 50mm 1.8…

    The ‘kit’ lens that came with my camera is rubbish… Well… maybe not *rubbish*, but it’s not very good… Unless I’m outdoors…

    I have a 70-300mm (with macro) that I enjoy using, but it’s really more of an outdoors lens, or very brightly lit room lens…

    For the lens flare, have you tried a lens hood? Another idea is to have a bright day, but photograph in the shade… use trees (or anything really), and set the camera up in the shade…

    Pioneer Woman has a great photography section on her blog, with contributing photographers who have awesome tips. http://thepioneerwoman.com/photography/

    Good luck! When you’re shopping for a lens, go for something with the lowest f stop you can afford… I think you’ll get the best milage out of something like that.

    Also… not sure how far you’ve dabbled with the custom white balance settings on your camera, but I have a paint chip (Glidden ‘Seal Grey’ GLN46)… I got it at Home Depot, and I set my white balance using that, and it really helps with the color correction. I’m thinking back to your post about thrifting and how the colors weren’t right… Since I started using a grey card, my kids have stopped being white with major blue undertones, to white with healthy pink undertones, lol.

  14. Rachel September 4, 2011 at 8:09 am #

    That dress looks fabulous on you!! That last pic of you is beautiful!

  15. Carolyn September 4, 2011 at 9:19 am #

    This is such a pretty dress on you! You are absolutely beautiful in the last shot. I’m so glad this pattern worked out for you and it’s nice to see it made up in a print.

  16. Lindsay September 4, 2011 at 10:58 am #

    I’m another one who thought the pattern envelope was uninspiring, but your dress is amazing! And I know you’ve been thinking a lot on silhouettes- this is seriously flattering on you. The sleeves being just that little bit longer balance out the skirt so perfectly! Far better-looking than the envelope photo. It makes me want to give the pattern a try!

  17. fangaroni September 4, 2011 at 12:06 pm #

    Fantastic dress! Love the pockets

  18. mystrygirl87 September 4, 2011 at 12:14 pm #

    The dress looks gorgeous on you! I may have to hunt down some of that fabric.

  19. Tia Dia September 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm #

    The dress is beautiful made up in that print. You look happy and gorgeous. Well done!

  20. Amanda S. September 4, 2011 at 5:28 pm #

    Very beautiful dress on you! I wasn’t tempted by this pattern when it first came out, but now I’ve seen 3 awesome versions and have to have one too! Great job trying something new – it definitely paid off!

  21. Victoria Baylor September 4, 2011 at 10:22 pm #

    You look absolutely beautiful in this dress! Great marriage of fabric print and pattern:)

  22. Liz Szopa September 5, 2011 at 12:49 pm #

    I love this dress on you! I didn’t think I liked it b/c it looked so tight and long in the pattern pic, but with your changes it makes it look much more wearable. I’m totally going to make it!

  23. Carrie September 6, 2011 at 10:44 pm #

    I agree with the masses – your dress & you look fab!

    Question for you… How do you determine what length is flattering on you? Is there a way you can explain it that it’d be helpful to others like me who don’t have a clue as to what skirt length is best?

    Time & again, I’m impressed with how well you can take a pattern or thrift shop find, and “know” what to do to it to make it fit you all over including how much to shorten it.


  24. Cennetta September 7, 2011 at 9:58 am #

    Beautiful dress. And thank you for your honestly about the way the dress fits and response to the body and body moment. I like the silhouette and was thinking about trying this dress.

  25. Louise September 7, 2011 at 10:13 am #

    Very stylish and beautiful colors. It looks like it’s fun to wear.

  26. Sassy T March 14, 2013 at 5:12 am #

    Very Pretty. Am going to add this pattern to my faves. Just looking at all the interpretations, they are all so fab.


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