I've been working on Vogue 1313 for a while now.
At first glance this Anne Klein dress is a very simple design but take a look at the line drawing and you'll soon change your mind. Just look at all those pieces!
I wanted to incorporate a striped chevron effect to the front panels. In order to do this, I had to cut the bottom piece down the middle and add seam allowances.What I should have done was to join the upper part to the bottom and cut them out together to avoid that seam where I had no end of trouble
matching the stripes and it shows.
Here are the changes I made to this pattern.
I changed the French dart to a regular bust dart to lessen the distortion of the stripes. To see how to do this, look here on Diana's Sewing Lessons.
Originally, I added the pockets but they were not attractive . They showed up as a bump and didn't stay closed so I took them out. I also left out the quilting you are suppose to do to the outer shoulder pieces. I just couldn't see the point of that.
I added 2 1/2 " to the length of the dress. I'm 5'4" tall so you can see that this is a short dress.
I also raised the armholes 3/4" otherwise they would have been too low.
I foolishly decided to use the chevron pattern on the upper back yoke . Enough said I think!
All in all, my Anne Klein dress is a success if I don't point out the flawed seam across my lower front.
It is quite loose and very comfortable and I think quite slimming. It has a retro look and I recommend the pattern.
My husband decided we needed to take pics outside this morning ,so here are a couple but I think the indoor one shows it best.
I resisted the urge to peg the bottom because that just wasn't the style of this design, but!!!
See what I mean about the back yoke?
My sweet little Riley was here for over a week and I enjoyed every day with her. I call her my Little Pixie because she is so slight. I've had a bit of a heartache since I took her and her daddy to the airport this past Tuesday!
I do hope you've found time to sew this week!
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