Tuesday, March 8, 2011

Pattern Review - Vogue 1174

Georgia arrived to teach her sewing class in this pretty white number made up from Vogue pattern 1174. As she went through the alterations to the pattern, I asked her to email me the details instead, didn't want to leave anything out!

"Here are the adjustments I made to Vogue 1174:

I toiled the bodice of the dress first and found that it needed some minor adjustment through the bust. So starting at the top of the bodice on the side seams I graded it in by 1cm down to nothing at the bottom of the bodice middle. I used this great plaited trim that I had been wanting to do something with, so I decided to use it as a piping. I inserted it in all the horizontal seams, and into the shoulder straps that I added to the dress.

I really wanted to make this up as a day dress so I added straps. In designing the straps I slightly curved them to tie in with the top of the dress. The straps are 38cm long and the curve is graded from 5cm out to 6.5cm at the shoulder (including seam allowance).

I had read a few other blogs reviewing this pattern and all of them commented on how tight the fit was with the foundation pieces in, so I decided to simply self line and bone the bodice. This worked great as I still got a lovely fit and I can eat!!!!! And to flatter my figure best, I needed to reduce the bulk around the middle. So I instead, simply attached the skirt to the lower edge of the bodice instead of attaching the facings and having the pleats on the outside of the dress. Lastly I gave the skirt a nice 8cm wide hem.

My choice of fabric for this cute summer dress was a lovely heavy Italian cotton with a self pattern I bought up at Tessuti Chatswood"


  1. Georgia NEVER disappoints! Her version of this dress is fabulous!

  2. I can't believe it, but I like this pattern even better with the straps. What an inspired addition.

  3. That is just stunning. Do you think it could be made without boning, if the straps were added? Or does it need the boning to keep its form and shape?

  4. Hi Rachel thanks for the lovely comment. I think you could make the dress without the boning if you choose a heavy fabric with some elastin in it, that way it will naturally hug the body if you get the fit perfect.

  5. Thanks Georgia - I might give it a go with a cotton sateen I have in my stash. It really is such a lovely dress!

  6. I love it! I can't really do strapless but I love it with the straps added - I think I might have to try one next Summer!!


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