Vogue 1183

11 Sep

Pattern: Vogue 1183, a Kay Unger design

Fabric: Olive green doubleknit from fashionista fabrics

Notes: I bought this pattern when it came out, but then promptly forgot that it existed.  It’s a bit more tailored and office-like than I generally go for.  But… I had this olive green doubleknit to use up, and I only had enough to make a slim fitting dress.  I remembered this pattern, so I gave it a go!

This is not, in general, my favorite color.  I love green, but I really prefer emerald to olive – too much yellow and I start to develop a bit of a sickly pallor.  Having said this, I think this color works pretty well on me – it has enough intensity to make me happy, and it works with red hair.  I can wear more warm colors when my hair is red.  Speaking of which, I am not going bald – I just have blonde roots that are showing when I pull my hair back!  Time to get to the salon.

The dress was easy enough to make, but a bit time consuming with all the topstitching.  I did not run 2 lines per seam – I just topstitched the seam allowance down 1/4″ away from the seam.  I omitted the lining, and opted to turn and sew under all the edges, so I didn’t really want even more stitching showing.

I am very pleased with the fit in the back.   There is no zipper – it goes over my head easily!

I had one major fitting problem with the dress, which I have seen touched on in other reviews.  It was too long from shoulder to the top of the midriff, causing the bust to gape open.  I removed 1.5″ total from each shoulder, which fixed the issue.  I have no gaping on the neckline now!  I also removed about 1 inch total at the sides from the underarm to midriff, because it was big otherwise (meaning I had to use 2 sizes smaller on top than bottom… but I think this pattern runs big in the bust.)

If I made the skirt again I would remove the darts – they aren’t necessary in a doubleknit fabric, and just added a strange wrinkle.  I had a really hard time photographing this dress – the color is intense, and I have yet to get a lens I like better from my camera.  I did, however, get a new phone (the HTC EVO 4G) which has a pretty decent camera – it took the photo below!

I couldn’t get the color to turn out, so I just used one of the downloaded camera filters

I enjoyed this pattern, and I think it’s a nice basic.  I will certainly get some wear out of it – I picked up a leopard print cardigan yesterday that goes with it really well (though I will not wear the leopard shoes at the same time… even my animal print love has limits!)  I recommend the pattern – just watch out for the upper chest/ shoulder issue!

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23 Responses to “Vogue 1183”

  1. Louise September 12, 2011 at 1:02 am #

    Nice dress, once again. It’s be fun to pair w/ a pretty, lacy shawl!? I just made Summer Flies shawl & really love it for anything a little plain/basic, to ‘frill’ it up. Very nice work!

  2. Uta September 12, 2011 at 2:52 am #

    Lovely dress! I love the lines of the bodice, and the color is very pretty on you.

  3. Susan Davis September 12, 2011 at 3:14 am #

    Gorgeous!

  4. AnaJan September 12, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    Very very pretty!

  5. Mrs Exeter September 12, 2011 at 3:40 am #

    This is beautiful – I love how simple the design is, and how the fabric suits your colouring so well. Yet another brilliant job!

  6. silly September 12, 2011 at 5:36 am #

    Perfect fit – you look very nice indeed.

  7. SenaSews September 12, 2011 at 5:51 am #

    Beautiful dress. It looks so nice and flattering on you. And i love the color.

  8. Debra September 12, 2011 at 7:38 am #

    Great fit and the color is great on you too! Love this one!

  9. Phyllis September 12, 2011 at 8:04 am #

    Love the pattern, the dress and the colour. It looks great

  10. Rachel September 12, 2011 at 10:04 am #

    That is really pretty and it looks great on you! You always look so classy and elegant, and I of course love the shoes.

  11. Chandi September 12, 2011 at 11:47 am #

    Really nice! I love your consistency in crafting! Very inspirational.

  12. Lanie September 12, 2011 at 1:28 pm #

    I didn’t really look too carefully at this pattern when it came out, but I love your combination of the slim shape and bright color. Great job!

  13. prttynpnk September 12, 2011 at 4:35 pm #

    I love your shoe choice- such classic tailoring with a little pop.

  14. Rosesred September 16, 2011 at 3:04 am #

    What a lovely dress, and what a smart idea to make it in a double knit. It has a lovely tailored look.

  15. Anonymous September 19, 2011 at 6:01 am #

    A vert pretty dress!!

  16. Cennetta September 19, 2011 at 3:16 pm #

    Beautiful dress. Fits you to a “T”.

  17. Meredith September 22, 2011 at 8:08 am #

    gorgeous!! I love the color! Makes me want to go sew one for me! :)

  18. Donna September 23, 2011 at 8:18 am #

    This dress looks lovely and I really like that shade of green. I do like sewing with double knit – I’ve recently attempted it with Simplicity 2054 – I see that you’re also planning on making that dress. It’s lovely and very comfortable.

  19. Monique September 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm #

    I love this pattern!

  20. Clarissa September 28, 2011 at 6:31 am #

    This is dress is really pretty. Maybe this winter I will conquer my fear of knits. Hope everything is going good. I’ve been missing your posts lately.

  21. velosewer September 28, 2011 at 10:59 pm #

    Love this dress. The colour (or no colour) is great too.

  22. Love To Crochet January 2, 2012 at 12:47 am #

    Absolutly beautiful. Very sleek and elegant. You look wonderful in it.

  23. Tj January 14, 2012 at 5:55 am #

    Oh wow, that looks gorgeous on you. I really like that colour. Interesting that you made it in a knit-I bought this pattern when it first came out, cut it out in broadcloth to make a tester and then moved on to other things. The cut pieces are still kicking around and turn up from time to time when I do a clean up. Seeing this has really given me the initiative to get on with it. Thanks!

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