Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Weird, Wonderful, or WTH? Vogue 1410

Sometimes I come across a pattern and just have to make it. Usually, I am all-in and know exactly what attracts me to it. Other times, I see a pattern and I am simply confused by it and therefore compelled to make it in an attempt to figure it out. Vogue 1410 caught my eye at a recent sale and I was intrigued. The structure of the skirt, the front closure and the variable hem length drew me in.

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Vogue 1410
I read a few reviews of this pattern and took those into account when making this. The instructions were extremely easy to follow. I was a bit surprised because the dress looks more complex than it is. There are just two pattern pieces and 16 steps to complete the dress.


The suggested fabrics were: Stretch Poplin, Seersucker, Silk Dupioni, Lt.Wt. Wool Crepe and required 3 yards of 60 inch width. I am working through my stash, so I wanted to use what I had on hand, and chose a cream and tan linen.
  
Based on other reviews and my style preferences, I made several changes to the pattern construction.

I raised the neckline and armsyce to the height of the largest pattern size to give greater coverage. I cut the body of the dress to a 12, but I could (should) have cut a 10 with no problem.



Upper openings raised about 1.5 inches.

 I made darts in the back rather than the tucking they suggested.
                                                   
I installed small grommets and used a leather tie for the front closure. 
    This dress is made with french seaming. They are inside anchor points for the buttons that are used to adjust the hem.


    Here is the completed dress with the hem variations shown.

Full Length

Midi Length

Knee Length

Mini Length
I like that I still do not know how I feel about it. Do I like it? Hate it? Is it weird and "look at me!" attention seeking or artsy? I do not know? I enjoy that about it. The versatility in the four hem lengths is delightful. My favorite hem is the mini length, it reminds me of the bubble skirts from the 1980's. I am not sure I like the longest length, it hits below my calf at an awkward point that feels a little wrong. 

This pattern is that is worth the effort for its' quirkiness. It has only 2 pattern pieces and is a fast sew. If you are on the fence, I say jump to the side of doing it. I sew as an expression of creativity and this one helps me do that in a little time.

So, what do you say? Weird, Wonderful or WTH?

Bianca 

24 comments:

  1. Ok, so if anyone on the planet can pull this off it is you! I love it on you! I don't think it is for everyone but your changes make it funky and cool! I hope you'll decide it is wonderful!

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    1. Thanks Sue! I am loving it! I would love this in a large scale angular print. I am keeping my eye out.

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  2. Yup, funky and cool is how I'd describe it too!!! My favorite is the long length!! How do you change the length of the hem???

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    1. Thanks so much! The hem is adjusted with buttons along the inside seams. I updated the post. :) I went to bed thinking I forgot to mention that!

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  3. Your version is nicer than Vogue's! I like the leather tie and grommets: a very cool choice. For the length, I prefer the knee length or mini length. I think your version has changed my opinion from "WTH" to "weird but interesting."

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    1. Thanks Meigan! I think "weird, but interesting" is just about right :)

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  4. Wonderful! Cool and edgy. But strictly for the young. I like the shortest one the best, but think they all look great!

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    1. Funny thing, I was inspired to make this by the work of an older sewist, Dementedfairy on Pattern Review. http://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/102109. I think this can work for all ages. I am glad you like mine :)

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  5. That's cool! I like the adjustable hem-length. Such a cool feature, and I don't agree with the comment above that it's only for the young. I think any age could pull it off. If it need a cool and funky dress for the future, I'll remember this one!

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    1. Thanks Lisa, I agree, it works for all ages. Please share yours when you make it. It is so fast to whip up, I say grab the pattern and make it when you need it.

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  6. We love this on you and think you look fantastic! Well done. Would you mind pinning this to our fan gallery? http://bit.ly/1koHoHu Thanks!

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    1. Thanks so much! Sure I will pin it :)

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  7. I say weird and wonderful! That is meant to be complimentary since I dig weird and you make everything look so elegant.

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    1. Thanks so much Christina, you are too kind. I love weird too!

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  8. Love that you can vary the length on this dress. You look gorgeous in all of the lengths but my favorite are the full length and the mini.

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  9. Hey, this is pretty cool! I also love the easy going neutral palette! Beautiful!

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    1. Thanks! Not sure how I missed this comment!

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  11. just saw this on pinterest, and vote WTH for Why The Hell didn't i get this pattern last during weekend's sale?! you look fabulous!

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    1. Thanks! I hope you got around to making this one!

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  12. You look great in this dress! I'm going to make one today with the help of your comments. I may keep the back tucks and may add pockets like I've seen in the comments from other sewists on Pattern Review.

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    1. Thanks Tina! This would be great with pockets! I will keep an eye out for your review!

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