Our church, Mount Pleasant Baptist Church, in Greenville, SC had our annual Garden of Colors service. I am posting this about 2 and 1/2 months too late. Due to the fact that, I just did not feel like doing this post. Then I got caught up doing other things and totally forgot to do it all together. But the way the colors are designated to each person is, you take the last number of your birth year and wear the coordinating color assigned to that number. So, if you were born in 1953, you would wear the assigned color of, let’s say, white. Same thing for if you were born in 1973. Three is the number that corresponds to the color white. My color was green. And my number is 7. That’s all you need to know. And yes, 7 is such a lucky number. I wanted to make this dress for a long time but time and prior obligations kept me from attaining my goal. I put this dress together in two days. Really, it could have been done in one because it is so easy. And it is rated as so, too.
It is Vogue 1151. A Cynthia Steffe pattern. Honestly, I don’t know why the model has this visible zipper in a knit dress. It has to be for cosmetic purposes only. Here are more photos that were taken. I have to get better at taking better photos. Or at least get someone who likes to take photos. Yeah right, huh?
The neck calls to be placed on the bias. I did not do this because I was kind of scared that I would end up with TOO much stretch for a cowl neck in a knit. But the material has such a recovery that I don’t even know why I sweat it in the first place.
The front without and with a belt. I wore it with the belt for Sunday service. It gave my kind of undefined hips a little more definition.
The back without and with the belt.
The front cowl neck. Next time I make this I will make the shoulders a little wider for the sake of the little bit of pick a boo bra straps I have going on. I rather make them wider than constantly trying to hide the little that are showing. As far as the neck back, it just won’t sit well. I think that is due to the type fabric I had used. I gave it gooood pressing and it looks better. I just haven’t taken any pictures of it.
Below you can read my Pattern Review for this awesome and easy dress.
As per the web site: MISSES' DRESS: Tapered, close-fitting dress, above mid-knee has slightly raised waist, princess seams, cut-a-way armholes, two-piece bias, turned back collar and exposed back zipper.
The only notion needed is a 18 inch metal zipper.
Combinations: AA(6-8-10-12), EE(14-16-18-20) I made size 12.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I believe it does, only it's green without the zipper.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yeah, they were actually. Before, I used to think that anything Vogue was a migraine in the shadows. Now, I LOVE Vogue and can actually read and understand - for the most part - the directions. And the pattern is rated easy as well. Good job, Vogue.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like everything about this dress. I especially like that it is so easy to put tother. I see a LBD in this one too. The only dislike is the zipper. I am not saying that I don't like zippers or exposed zippers, because I do. I just don't see why there is a zipper in the pattern at all. I think I will say it's a personal preference instead of a dislike.
I know it was a cotton knit and lycra but it also said with wicking fibers, or something like that. I actually like the material because itis thick and does not require ANY lining what so ever.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I only left out the zipper because i can get in and out of it with ease. And I just didn't feel like putting in a zipper at the time either. Also, the pattern says to put the cowl piece on the bias. I didn't do that because I was timid that I may have a too much of a stretch in the neck.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I am going to sew this again and recommend? You betcha.
This is a go getter even though I know there are quite a few reviews here already. I am just reitterating the fact that you need to get it if you don't.