Finished Sewing Project! Pretty Floral Dress

I am SO pleased with how this dress turned out!

It was one of those perfect sewing moments, where the fabric and pattern and sewing somehow all completely worked this time. And it fits, too!

This pattern (Vogue Patterns 1161) worked like a dream. I’d highly recommend it – and plan to write it up on patternreview.com soon!

With the bright, busy print you can’t see the seaming details, but the silhouette is incredibly flattering.

It’s slim fitting, but not too tight, even with a non-stretch fabric. I’ll report back on comfort after wearing it all day, but I have good feelings about this one.

The extended shoulders form built-in cap sleeves – so slimming! Even on the dress form, it makes her waist look teeny-tiny. I can’t wait for it to work its magic on me…

My favourite part? The back view. It’s full of excellent details: the knot at the top of the bodice, the flirty peek-a-boo cutout, the flare at the centre back – fabulous!

Plus, this was my second time working with this fabric so I’d already figured out the tricks (iron low, for one!)

I’d definitely make this dress pattern again. Even the length was great, and usually everything ends up too long for me! That’s something to think about if you’re considering this style and you’re on the tall side. You may need to add to the length.

I can picture it in more prints (more florals!) or in a bright solid, coral, perhaps?

Actually, it would be the perfect Little Black Dress, don’t you think?

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13 Responses to Finished Sewing Project! Pretty Floral Dress

  1. The Cupcake Goddess April 12, 2010 at 7:40 am #

    AHHHHH!! I love it! It’s so gorgeous! I didn’t even notice this pattern before. It looks stunning! I love that fabric, how fabulous! Beautiful job!

  2. Clare April 12, 2010 at 7:53 am #

    you’ve done a brilliant job on this dress! I also over-looked this pattern – and it’s got all my favourite features (cap sleeves, cut-away back…) – how did that happen?! Definitely make it again – was it a quick project?

  3. Debi April 12, 2010 at 8:02 am #

    It’s a BEAUTIFUL dress! I love it. Great fabric…That pattern is great–nice details!

  4. Erica April 12, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Beautiful, Tasia! As I was looking at the photo before I read your post, I was thinking to myself, “Goodness, look at that tiny waist!!” Great job and I hope the effect is the same on you as it is on your dress form (which I’m sure it will!!). Just lovely!

  5. Monet April 12, 2010 at 1:20 pm #

    Wow, I absolutely love this! Thanks for inspiring me to look twice at this pattern…it’s on my to-make list now!

  6. ~buzzybee~ April 12, 2010 at 2:08 pm #

    Looks gorgeous and summery! What a nice pattern, and I agree it would make a great LBD too!

  7. Sofia April 13, 2010 at 1:27 pm #

    LOVE! I can’t wait to make it too! I’m thinking either red or white. And what a tiny waist! Eeee!

    Picture it with your white cagey sandals and your new grey jacket, or a leather jacket! Awesome!

    Can’t wait to see it in black!

  8. Tasia April 13, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    Thank you all for the lovely comments!
    Clare, it was not a super fast project because of all the seaming details and french seams (which you could skip I suppose) and because it’s fully lined. Although, you are re-covering a couch, so this dress will probably seem like a snap after that project!

  9. Suzie April 16, 2010 at 3:39 am #

    Hi! I’ve just discovered your blog and I’m LOVING it! All your gorgeous finished pieces are very inspiring for an aspiring sewer like myself.
    This dress is absolutely gorgeous and it looks 100 times better in that lovely floral pattern than the leopard print. I’d love to see pictures of you wearing the dress to see how it fits.

    Looking forward to future posts! :)

  10. Angela April 16, 2010 at 11:45 am #

    Cute dress! I’ve loved this dress since the pattern first came out.. yours is awesome! I should get started on mine. :)

  11. Your super duper friend April 25, 2010 at 8:15 pm #

    OMG!!! I LOVE this dress!!!!!!! You ROCK!!! heheheh

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