Armholes for days on Vogue 1379

Vogue 1379 SewnBefore 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!

V1379There 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.

Vogue 1379 dressAfter 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.

Vogue 1379I 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.

Vogue 1379 chevron dressA 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!

Vogue 1379 sewing reviewI’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.

Vogue 1379 BCan 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!
Vogue 1379 review


20 thoughts on “Armholes for days on Vogue 1379

  1. Love your dress…especially the fabric choice. I think it would be much better shorter… But I’ve never been a midi fan.

  2. Love the part with the studs, that was a great decision. The fabric is lovely and you did great on the construction. But that dress is just not flattering. I’ve seen you look a million times better in every thing else you’ve sewn. It just too large and billowy, which makes it look frumpy. Could you perhaps go down a size or take out some of the billow?

    • Thank you for telling me, that is kind of what I was thinking…that is why I thought hiking up the hem would help. There is no way to take it in with the way it is finished! Also I tried it with a belt, and that made it a bit more flattering, too..

  3. You are lovely in the color and style. Your workmanship looks great. I don’t know where you are employed, the arm holes are a little to big or wearing something underneath could conceal the openness for most “office type” positions. I like the hem length for you, maybe with a higher heel, would increase the appearance of the look of a longer leg.

    • Thank you, Barbara! My office is casual and I wore the slip underneath, but I agree heels would help the situation. I was using the boots to tough it up a bit since it did seem a little frumpy, so maybe different shoes?

  4. I like the fabric you chose. I’m all for shortening it, like you said the dress is a bit top heavy, so showing a bit more leg would balance it out.

  5. I think the dress is great especially the fabric. I’m going to join in with the chorus about shortening it but that’s probably because I’m personally not a below the knee hem fan.

  6. It’s beautiful! I love the fabric and I love the gathers. You look like you could pull off any length 🙂 So I think you’ll be fine either way, but it seems the popular vote is shortening it anyway.

  7. What great details in the dress- the ruffles, the front split and tabs… those armholes are pretty insane, though!

  8. I am in the shorten it boat too. I do wonder if you could have gone down in size. I know it is meant to be billowy but it does seem to swamp you a little. However I do think shortening the hem will help. 🙂 The details are lovely.

  9. The fabric choice and details are lovely. I think the design may just be large and billowy with giant armholes! I think shortening it would give it a younger vibe.

  10. cute dress! isn’t it nice to sew a pattern that no one has done? there’s so much repeat around the blogosphere, it’s nice to see something new! I’d say chop off the hem, at least 3-4 inches. I like the idea of midi length, but I find that it works better on skirts that are a bit fuller, rather than A-line. I just did the same on a thrift store skirt. To be completely honnest, i feel like this would be a great tunic! i love the fabric too.

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