Thursday, July 29, 2010

Vogue 1182 by Kay Unger.....Drum Roll Please!!!

Well,I'm ready for the reveal of my Vogue 1182.Just to remind you here is the pattern.



As I've said before,this is my Mother-of-the Groom dress. My youngest child Jeff is getting married on Sunday in Ottawa. I could have had this dress finished long before now ,but I chose to take my time with it and to take breaks from it. Without further ado! Voila! I love it!



The Fabric
The colour is exactly what I envisioned but unfortunately,I couldn't find a silk dupionni that was anywhere near this shade. I had to settle for a polyester shantung. The weight is about that of a taffeta and worked really well with this style..For lining,I used a silk /cotton.

The Style
This pattern by Kay Unger is very well thought out for a woman with a figure problem or two.(note the draping above the waist)

Level of Difficulty
This is not a pattern for a beginner.The directions are quite hard to follow.If there's anyone out there who is planning on making this,I would be more than happy to help.I spent a considerable amount of time figuring out the steps!


What I liked about the pattern
1.The armholes are just right---not too low,not too high.But I did have to run a line of stay stitching along the back of the armhole to make it fit closer to the body. To see how I do this ,look here.

2.The collar sits very nicely and is well drafted.But I did have to run a line of stitching on the outside under the collar so the lining wouldn't peek out.





3.The neckline is not extremely low.ButI did cut it about an inch higher tapering to nothing by the neck at the shoulder.

4.It is true to size. I usually cut a size 12 with extra at the side seams,but this fabric has no give so instead of the extra at the side seams,I cut a size 14 front and size 12 back and I really love the fit.

It's really rare that I'm completely satisfied with one of my creations and this time is no exception because there are a couple of things about this pattern that I didn't like.

1.The slit at the back does not include a facing and next time I would add one.

2. The length of the dress is not the length given at the back of the pattern envelope.which says that the length from base of neck to hemline is 38".Not so at all. I trusted the pattern but after putting the dress together and realizing that it is shorter than I'd like ,I measured and the pattern piece is only 36" before hemming!1Grrr!!I faced the hem but ,it's still too short.




This is what I did for a Full Bust Adjustment and it worked just fine.I really didn't have a clue what else to do.The photo also shows the addition to the neckline




Advice
Make a sample garment before cutting into your good fabric. I did ,but only to just below the hip.That's why I didn't notice the length.

Well.my husband just took a couple of pics but it's dark now and the lighting is not great but here I am at last in my Mother-of-the-Groom dress.





Now I have to finish packing as we're leaving tomorrow for Ottawa.I don't know if I'm more excited about my baby boy getting married or seeing little Riley???

So thanks in advance for any comments ,good or bad you might have on my dress. It was a challenge but I enjoyed it immensely.

41 comments:

JoanneM said...

Simply stunning!!!!! The color is wonderful!!!!

judi.0044 said...

Hope the wedding is as lovely as your dress. Thanks for letting us see the finished project.

KID, MD said...

It's beautiful! The color is wonderful on you, and the style is so great. Fabulous work!

Rose said...

Lovely!

Rose in SV

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

Diana have a wonderful time at your sons wedding :)))

Your dress looks so beautiful. You did a wonderful job ...and no worries about the length because it looks perfect.

Linda T said...

Very pretty - I LOVE the color. Enjoy your trip and the wedding!

Daisy said...

The dress fits you beautifully and is a great color.

The Sewing Loft said...

What a beautiful dress! You did a great job on it and it looks just perfect. Enjoy the wedding.

Barb

Mary said...

Oh, Diana, what a lovely dress! My son is getting married next summer and I own that pattern. I may have to consider it for my mother-of-the-groom dress. Have a wonderful time at the wedding.

Sharon said...

Love the colour on you and the style, you will be a stunning Mother-of-the Groom.

Dilliander said...

You look fantastic, the colour and style are perfect! We have several weddings coming up next year and I ordered this pattern only last week, so its lovely to see it made up - especially as it is such emphatic success. I may be one of those taking up your offer of help in deciphering the instructions. Thanks for showing us, and have a wonderful time at the wedding!

velosewer said...

Super. You'd done a great job. It looks great on you. Very stylish. Applause.

Debra Martin said...

Applause. whistles... And catcalls!

Enjoy the wedding. Post pictures. Especially pictures of Riley :)

Birgitte said...

So gorgeous, and I think the length is perfect. Stunning color! Have a wonderful time at your son's wedding!

sewslow67 said...

Oh, my ...Diana; your dress is beautiful and the color and fit perfection. As for the length: My dear friend; you have beautiful legs so I think the length suits you just fine, and I'll bet your husband feels the same way. Enjoy the wedding!

Alexandra

burcu küçükturan said...

ooo. so wonderfull.. ı wish ı could sew like you...
you look gorgeus..

Jenny said...

Wonderful dress. You look beautiful! The fit looks very nice (FBA and other adjustments a success). Sorry about the length. It really doesn't look too short, though. Have fun! Hope to see some pics of it in action.

gwensews said...

That's a lovely dress, and it looks terrific on you. Have a great time!

Claudine said...

Smashing dress! Have a wonderful time!

Lori said...

You luck fabulous in the dress, fantastic job.

gold said...

Wow a lovely dress!Great job!

Claire S. said...

Just beautiful !

Have a safe trip and have a wonderful time at the wedding.
Congratulations to the happy couple :-)

Connie Bontje said...

You'll be a beautiful mother of the groom- the dress is gorg!

Myrna said...

You look fabulous and it's not too short at all. Enjoy the day.

Ivalyn "Tee" Jones-Actie said...

You look great, for more help with FBA check out the DVD "Full Busted" by Patti Palmer Pletsch it's great. shows you how to do FBA on current fashion.

www.palmerpletsch.com

Jane M said...

Drum roll followed by wild applause. What a show stopping dress. You look beautiful and happy, congrats!

Nähfreundin said...

Wonderful!

Susan

Vicki said...

Diana, it is just so beautiful. The colour is perfect! I like the lenght too :)

nikarphar said...

Lovely ! Any tips on making the lining? It looks complicated.

Chris said...

Diana, it's beautiful! Have a wonderful time at the wedding.

Dana said...

Beautiful dress and I think the hem is just right!

Gail said...

Beautiful dress and very well made. Best of all it not too MOTBish. My daughter uses this term in a derogatory way about my style sometimes! Congratulations too.

Sue said...

Diana, Your dress is beautiful. The colour is gorgeous, it fits you perfectly and the length is great.
I hope the wedding was a wonderful time for you all.

Carolyn (cmarie12) said...

Diana - the length is just fine on your beautiful MOG dress. I'm sure you were stunning as you came down the aisle is this beautiful creation.

Rosy said...

WONDERFUL! It looks great on you, great job!

Cennetta said...

Diane, you look outstanding. The dress is perfect and very flattering. I'm sure you received a lot of oh's and ah's.

Sarah said...

WONDERFUL! Such a happy color for a joyous occasion.

janeanne said...

Help! I am trying to make vogue 1182 and have hit a snag! Any chance you can give me some help...I am at #20 in the instructions! Jane. Janeacurrah@gmail.com

janeanne said...

Can you help me with #20 in the instructions of Vogue 1182!!! Struggling here! Jane

Diana said...

Janeanne,I can't get in touch with you as there is no E-mail attached to your profile. I'd love to help however.I remember scratching my head when I got to # 20 as well.I don't remember exactly what I did but I could take a photo of the iinside of my dress to show you what I ende up with. Please E-mail me at dda@nbnet.nb.ca if yo wish. Good luck. I love this dress.

Jennifer O said...

It is 2017 and I am loving your dress - such a classic - will always be in style. Mimi