Sunday, June 23, 2013

Vogue 1352, A Maxi Dress for a Baby Boomer??


They say if you're old enough to have worn it once, you're too old to wear it now. I usually agree with that. But of course, there are always exceptions, right?

Tonight I'm showing you a maxi dress I made using Vogue 1352.

V1352

And I think it's so cute! Don't you just love the fabric?



The fabric is very Messoni- like . I don't remember where I got it, maybe Montreal on Rue St. Hubert or maybe Ottawa. It doesn't matter. It's just very soft, expensive looking, not too light weight and has a nice drape. Very 70's, don't you think? I don't know the fiber content but there's probably some acrylic, or rayon in there. Here's a closer look.



This was a very easy sew. The style is very simple for a Vogue Designer pattern. It took me an hour to cut out because of the need to match the linear pattern and exactly three hours to sew. I highly suggest it for  quick fix sewing project.

The neckline is gathered and then the neckband is added and hand stitched to the inside.


The top is sewn to the skirt,then the seam serves as the casing for the elastic.

I added side pockets   and am so glad I did. You automatically look for pockets to put your hand into when you wear this dress! I also added an inch to the length of the bodice so it would blouson a bit.

The sleeve  hems are done by machine and I used the pretty selvedge as the hem at the bottom of the dress..

Now about the Baby Boomer thing. I wouldn't feel at ease wearing this maxi in public. I'm really quite sensitive about age appropriate dressing, but I'll enjoy having it to wear for barbecues and get togethers this summer with friends and family. It will also be a fun at-home-dinner-date-with-my-husband outfit.

It's also a fun piece to accessorize and I have a plethora of necklaces, belts, and of course just the right shoes. Look here  if you want to see.




My husband thinks it looks like a Hippie dress!



Oh My Goodness! I have too many clothes! I have three sisters and for a while,I'm going to be sewing for them.They'll each get a dress or maybe two. I'll show them as I get each one finished.

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18 comments:

Vicki said...

Cute and yes it does have a hippy vibe :)

twotoast said...

Fabulous dress and you look gorgeous in it! I imagine you wearing it, whilst lounging on a chaise with a G&T to hand! Hippy and classy at the same time!!

marysews said...

Oh, yes, this is nice, and the fabric is what really makes it work!

RhondaBuss said...

Groovy dress!!! We should never have given them up the first time we wore them.

Andrea said...

So cute! Comfy too, I bet.
Btw, still not getting posts from this blog. :( I'm glad you posted on the other blog, because I get that one!

Vernelle Nelson said...

You go, Girl! It's comforting to know that I'm not the only one who stepped back in time to make a maxi dress this summer. Looking good.

pdiddly said...

I have yet to make a maxi dress (I keep promising for the summer) but I am not sure summer will ever come in the UK.

Love you version and looks great on you

Emily said...

How terrible to have too many clothes! And sisters to sew for lol.

This is a very cute dress and you can't go wrong with a good pattern right?

Diana said...

Thanks to all who left a comment. I appreciate it so much.I've worn my maxi once and love it. Very comfy!

EmSewCrazy said...

I think its super cute! I don't think it looks inappropriate for your age either. It's a lovely pairing of fabric and design.

Linda T said...

I say us Baby Boomers should wear what we want (even if we've worn it before). I think its so cute, and you look great in it. Tell hubby if you don't have long hair with part in the middle, you don't qualify as a hippy! lol

Sharon said...

Great looking dress and love the hippy vibe!

Irene said...

I think that you look absolutely lovely in this dress. So what's age inappropriate with long? Now if you'd decided to go with a micro mini... Just kidding.

Irene said...

I think that you look absolutely lovely in this dress. So what's age inappropriate with long? Now if you'd decided to go with a micro mini... Just kidding.

Irene said...

I think that you look absolutely lovely in this dress. So what's age inappropriate with long? Now if you'd decided to go with a micro mini... Just kidding.

Irene said...

I think that you look absolutely lovely in this dress. So what's age inappropriate with long? Now if you'd decided to go with a micro mini... Just kidding.

Irene said...

I think that you look absolutely lovely in this dress. So what's age inappropriate with long? Now if you'd decided to go with a micro mini... Just kidding.

betty said...

I just stumbled upon your blog. I love your version of this dress. I made one with this pattern also, but I made it knee-length, probably because I'm also a baby boomer and I figure I would never wear a maxi dress again.