Before I make up a pattern that I do not want to muslin (which is most things) I look around the interweb to see if anyone else has made it and how it hangs on them. I couldn’t find a single review or finished version of Vogue 1379. But, since this dress is very loose fitting, there will be no detailed notes on my adjustments to this pattern. It may not be very helpful after all, even if it is the only review!
There were a lot of fun and fussy little details to this dress that I enjoyed and made it special. That is what makes it a Vogue pattern, right? Let’s discuss.
First, I made the choice with my lightweight rayon that I would baby roll hem the neckline and back edges. I have a little foot that I use for this purpose that helps me make a 1/8” hem. Problem is, the hem foot is finicky and you must hold the fabric just right. Moreover, that “just right” is different for every different weight of fabric. So, basically, I must practice extensively before using the foot every time. My mom, the pro, does not have to do this, but I only have 25 years experience, so I must still practice (though, to be fair, I didn’t use that tricky foot when I was 13. I was more of a turn-and-stitch and call it good kind of girl back then). After getting a feel for it, the edges turned out really well, except the corners, of course. I hand-tacked them down.
After hemming the upper edge, you gather it up, sew the cool tab on, then lay it back over to hide your stitch line. The 2 tabs were supposed to be held together at center front by a 1” ring, but I could not find one anywhere, and decided it would pull the neckline down horribly to have that weight. So I just handstitched it. I added little studs to hold my tabs back, too. They just press in with prongs, nothing fancy, but I like the detail.
I did not have quite enough fabric, so I had to omit the pockets, but again, pockets in such a lightweight fabric would have been useless, and maybe worse. The skirt is not as full as the pattern calls for, but I like the straight skirt when there is so much fullness in the bodice.
A notable feature of this pattern is an attached camisole. Great idea! But, as mentioned above, I didn’t have enough fabric, so I had to omit that, too. Such a shame. I ended up making myself a tricot slip in a nude color that I know will come in very handy. Another time I will try out that camisole pattern. It is a good staple to have!
I’m not sold on the length, and may still chop it to the knee. Midi length is super “in” right now, but is it right for me? And is it right for this dress, which is so top heavy already? Please weigh in, and be honest! There are two front slits that are a cool feature, but it would be no trouble to open them up just a bit more.
Can you tell I am trying to pretend it is warm? It was so very cold taking these pictures with the sun going down. But now, a mere 2 weeks later, it really seems to be spring here in Seattle, and I wore it to work this week. What a strange March it has been, but I like it!