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Vogue 1735- Sneak Peek of this 70’s Vibe Boho Style Dress

Here’s a sneak peak of Vogue 1735. I still have to finish the ties and hem the bottom. But I couldn’t wait to try it on. If I’m happy with the way it looks now, then I know that I’ll be happy when the dress is fully complete.

This dress was THE dress to make back in 2017. Four years later and it’s still going strong. Probably because it has that 70s vibe boho style that never goes out of fashion.

I’ve seen so many versions of this dress. One thing this dress is known for is it’s VERY DEEP V neck. However, if you have a more conservative style, it can be modified to raise the V neck. I raised the V neck by following this tutorial: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kymTM9rdH5g by Sew-to Fit by ADLynn.

When I was ready to buy the pattern, I was worried that it was no longer in print. But as I found out, it has just been re-issued under a new number. It used to Vogue 9253 and is now Vogue 1735.

This pattern is described as a deep V kimono style dress. It is semi-fitted with a back zipper opening and attached self-tie. It has length variations- midi length or maxi length. Vogue patterns for Misses is made for heights between 5’5″ and 5’6″ so that is something to consider. I made the midi-length and it went not quite maxi, but almost to the floor (perks for being short, use less fabric).

This dress was very easy to sew together. In fact, it is labeled as very easy. The only hard part for me was the invisible zipper. I’m lacking practice in installing them. So maybe due to the invisible zipper installation, this one would be for an advanced beginner.

You will need a 22 inch invisible zipper and a hook and eye closure to close up the top of the zipper. You will also need 1/2 inch bias binding to finish the back neck. The V neckline is finished by folding over by 5/8 inch and sewing. There are no facings in the neckline.

The pattern specifies that it is flattering for hourglass, straight or pear-shaped figures. I’m a pear. Suggested fabrics are crepe-back satin, rayon challis, lightweight broadcloth and lightweight jersey. I believe the fabric that I used was a rayon challis. I feel that the drape and flow was perfect.

A tedious part of this project is cutting all the fabric since you have to cut each piece individually (there are 14 pieces). But once you get to sewing, it flows smoothly (except for that zipper part, at least for me). I have read reviews of some sewists using stretchy knit fabric and ditching the zipper altogether. I might try that next time.

There are pleats in the front bodice as well as the front skirt area. I really like that detail. It gives the dress a unique style and a really clean look. There are 2 darts in the back bodice and back skirt area. (Pleats in the front and darts in the back).

I love the kimono sleeves.

The sleeves have a 1 inch hem. I thought that was a nice, little detail. Also, I didn’t shorten the sleeves although I could have due to my short height. The sleeves should be elbow length but I like that the sleeves are a little longer on me.

I did my usual shortening of the bodice by one inch. The waist is fitted. The skirt is an A line skirt.

This dress also has a self tie that attaches to the back near the zipper. I didn’t sew in the attached tie. I had read on a few reviews that a few sewists had difficulty attaching the tie to the back near the zipper. A few sewists modified and sewed the tie at the sides of the waist. I decided that I will make the tie separately so I could wear the dress without a tie if desired..

And saving the best part part for last… This dress has POCKETS!!!

Happy Sewing!

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McCalls 7969 – A Dress with a Ruffled Sleeve

I have made 3 items using McCalls 7969. The first item was a dress with the billowy sleeves that this pattern is famous for and the second was a blouse hack. The Very Popular McCalls 7969- A Review and 2 Hacks

Here is the third item I have made. I didn’t make the billowy sleeves. Instead, I made the sleeves with the ruffles at the bottom. I made it a midi length which I really like a lot. I used a fabric that I purchased in Downtown L.A. It was a bit hard to work with because it was so slippery. It was worth it in the end because the dress is very flowy and has a very good drape. It feels so silky and comfy.

I recently posted the dress on my Instagram, @sweet_monday, for blue week and #sewhappycolor2021. I started an Instagram in December so that I can be an active part of a sewing community. Everyone is so encouraging, supportive and most of all, inspiring. It has been so fun to share finished makes and sewing tips. When I’m about to use a pattern, I always search up the hashtag for that pattern to see everyone’s version and finished make before starting. It’s very helpful.

I had to place a flower where I had a mishap with the serger. I plan to make yet another dress with the billowy sleeves using this pattern. When I do, I will add pockets!!! It’s a really great pattern. I can see myself using it over and over and over again.

Happy Sewing!

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A Cute Little 50s Vibe Apron

I made a cute little apron for my aunt for her birthday. She loves to bake. Her birthday was in February and I finally had a chance to give her the apron. She loved it!

I used a fabric designed by Gertie Hirsch. I purchased it in 2016 from Joann. Gertie Hirsch had a fabric line at Joann with so many beautiful designs with a vintage vibe. I bought three pieces of fabric back then.

I have been saving this fabric for the perfect project and this was it! I love the pale yellow color with the pink, red and pink color of the flowers. It also has white polka dots. So cute! I think the 50s vibe of the fabric and the style of apron go perfectly together.

This is a self drafted apron pattern. I basically cut a rectangular piece for the main piece and made a ruffle at the top. I made a band for the waist and attached it to the ruffle. Then I made 2 ties at the side.

I hope my aunt enjoys wearing this apron while she bakes.

Happy Sewing!