I’m pausing the Me-Made-May coverage to share my completed version of Vogue 1174. Although, I did wear it, so it’s a Me-Made-May story as well. I’m happy I finally completed this behemoth of a dress. (Is that the right word? It seems fitting for this labour-intensive project…) So, without further delay, here it is!
It was no problem until the end of the workday. I was only a bit surprised to find out you cannot take a full, deep breath in this dress. By about 5pm I was starting to feel mildly uncomfortable and really wanted to take in a lungful of air. The dress said, no way!
Also important to note – you cannot eat a big meal in this dress either, like I could in this one. On the day I wore the dress, I had a lovely lunch out with my guy. He dropped by the office and took me out for Taco Del Mar (yum!).
It was absolutely delicious but an hour later, I started to think maybe it was not such a good idea. Let me tell you, the corset-like foundation really does its job, both keeping the dress up (yay!) and holding me in (after a big enchilada platter, not so fun…)
By the time I got home from work, I was DYING to take this dress off. I know, it’s not very ladylike of me to admit but I feel like I can tell you, readers, so you’re not surprised. I felt like Scarlett O’Hara, no wonder ladies were fainting all the time in the days of corsets! Ah, the things we do to look good.
Here’s a close-up view:
If you disregard the restricted breathing, this dress looks adorable. I felt pretty cute in it, and also kind of flirty since it was strapless. (I did wear a wrap sweater over the dress, so it wasn’t too revealing for the office. See? Though it’s much better without the sweater.)
While I was doing my photo shoot in the industrial park, go figure the landscapers and roofers were already hard at work near my planned photoshoot location. They sure had a chuckle at me, setting my self-timer and running into position. I suppose you don’t see a smart car with a tripod on the tailgate and a girl taking self-photos in a strapless dress every day. That’s some early-morning free entertainment.
And it definitely didn’t fall down, that’s for sure! I could move around easily, although standing was much more comfortable than sitting. I sat all day in front of my office computer with minimal discomfort.
After checking out my pics on my laptop, I’ve decided that strapless dresses need to enjoy being strapless. Covering them up with sweaters and wraps is OK, to make the look work-appropriate, but ruins the dramatic effect. It’s all about the shoulders!
That’s how I felt anyways, perhaps others have a different opinion. For me, my chest is practically non-existent in this dress, so the focus needs to be on the shoulders and collarbone for maximum impact.
Here’s the original pattern photo, pretty close don’t you think? I prefer the contrasting piping on my version as it really stands out, but I love the red-and-white floral of the model’s dress.
Would I make Vogue 1174 again? You know what, I probably would. I feel like the end result was totally worth the time it took making the dress. Plus, I’ve already done the hard part, making the muslin (yes, I did make one!) and perfecting the fit. Even though I’m not the biggest fan of making a muslin, I’m too impatient normally, but I had a feeling this one would need it. I ended up cutting two sizes smaller on the top than the bottom, ah the curse of the pear shaped figure!
I was hesitant to make a strapless dress in general, since I’m so much smaller on top than on the bottom and was concerned it wouldn’t stay up. The built-in foundation with boning and waist stay help keep it securely in place. Plus even though I’m small-busted, it’s still quite flattering. So yes, I’d make this one again. I’m leaning towards a nautical-inspired cotton print, something a little more casual and playful.
If you have any questions on Vogue 1174, ask away!