Retro Print Vogue





I did promise there would be another!  After a few cooler days,
which is the norm in spring, I hatched a plan to add sleeves to Vogue 1250.  I had in my mind a replacement pattern for my favourite New Look 6071 which I am really quite sick of but love all at the same time.  I felt sleeves of some sort would be a little more work appropriate than sleeveless and also mean't I could go without a cardigan in my highly air conditioned office.  Because the cotton lycra I chose was a more wintery print, it leant itself to longer sleeves.  I bought the fabric for $3 per metre, a couple of years ago at Fabric Vision, so wasn't overly concerned if my plan was an epic fail, but it had to be done!






To achieve the desired effect, and a better fit, I added 1.5cm to the front and back neck and 1cm to the armhole openings.  This mean't the shoulder seam was longer and the neck opening smaller.  I cut out all of the pieces on the grain this time because I felt that a knit dress on the bias was overkill and used more fabric than necessary.  I added 1cm  swimwear elastic to the back neck and stitched it between the back and the lining without stretching to add some stability.  I topstitched the back neck once the dress was finished and the elastic is incased in the topstitching.  For the sleeves, I used the pattern from New Look 6071 which just proves that there really is no getting away from this pattern completely.  Like my first version of this dress I shortened the bodice by 1cm but this time, I let out the skirt side seams as much as I could and just overlocked the front and back together without removing any fabric at the hips in the process.  I then ran the bodice in at the sides by 1cm also on each panel.  I eased the skirt onto the bodice, and hey presto I had a dress with a fit I am extremely happy with!




My verdict....I have a new favourite dress!  There will be another, perhaps with cap sleeves next time!

Comments

  1. It looks great with the sleeves. Cap sleeves would be good too.

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    1. Thank you. I am really pleased with the way this turned out.

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  2. This is lovely and looks great on you. Congratulations. Cheers, Karen

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  3. Great dress. I've been wondering if sleeves would work in this pattern. Clearly they add value.

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    1. The sleeves were definitely a worthwhile addition.

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  4. It does look nice, and I really like that sleeve length, very flattering. Cap sleeves will be great for summer :)

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    1. Thank you! I tend to gravitate to a sleeve except on the hottest days in summer, especially for work.

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