Friday, July 26, 2013

Finished: Tracy Reese Vogue 1314

If you're at all familiar with Vogue 1314, you're probably like "whaaaaat?". The dress is pretty far from the original pattern. Lol. But it's the same pattern as my beloved Beyoncé Dress.

Fabric: jersey blend, with fairly high spandex content, purchased on Queen West this winter in Toronto for 11$/meter.


I originally intended to make an exact replica of the Beyoncé, minus the midsection rushing. However, once sewn up, it felt that it emphasized my pear figure too much. (Lucky you, I documented this earlier version for you bellow.) Looking at the pictures now, I feel that I was probably over-reacting. I mean, it doesn't look THAT BAD and I could have easily worn this dress with a nice little cardigan or cropped jacket, for example. 

But change it I did. The idea was to add some vertical lines at the bottom to break up the silhouette and create an illusion of length. I think it kind of achieved that. Now, am I happy with this dress? Mmmm, not sure... It might grow on me, but right now it's channeling "Avril Lavigne circa 2002". Not great.
Matching lines: So I was a bit apprehensive about the idea of matching the stripes for every seam. It turned out to be quite alright, and just involved more careful pinning. That said, the sleeve cap insertion did give me a hard time. It took about 30 minutes to pin the first one, only to realize I was complete off, so I unpicked it and reinserted it again, only to discover that it was even worst, so I just gave up and set in the second sleeve without giving a f**k and, you guessed it, that one turned out perfect.

Have the sewing gods been humouring you too, lately?

25 comments:

  1. I just love this! Much more fun than the first one..although that looked fine. I do hope you grow to love it. I never seem to be able to match stripes on knit :(

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    1. Lol. It is more fun, that's true. But maybe a bit TOO fun? As in, too girly? We'll see if it grows on me. :-)

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    2. Love the beautiful dress.

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  2. I love both versions BUT I beseech you to learn to love your pear shape. Seriously, otherwise in 40 years from now you'll look back at photos of yourself and think, 'I criticised myself for that beautiful body?!' You look absolutely gorgeous and I'd kill for a figure like yours. You should see my 'sack of potato's shape!

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    1. Oh Karen, you're so wise, as always. BUT, your comments apply to you too!! :-D

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  3. I also love both versions of the dress! I think original version is quite flattering, and I think the second is super cute in a-not-at-all-like-Avril-Lavigne way. Maybe add some fingerless mitts, several pounds of jewelry, and some Converse? But I still think it's a stretch.

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    1. LOl. Thanks, that's reassuring to hear!

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  4. Can I just say first off I love your About Me photo up in the top right. Very high fashion babe. I can understand your pear anxiety but hips are sexy (ask any man, ever) and I'm over feeling bad about them. I love Mimi G. because she rocks her little pear shape so hard it hurts (every man she walks by, ever). All this to say, I liked the original version but I think the dropped waist is cute too. I know from experience that dropped waists feel strange and new and I rarely wear my own version for that reason. But I am really chuckling that all of these came from that Vogue pattern! Way to customize!

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    1. You know I was think about it, and this dress was probably unconsciously inspired by your gorgeous red dress from last year or so, which made an indelible imprint on my creative imaginary. I totally fell in love with that red dress the moment I saw it!
      It does make me feel better that I'm not the only one feeling weird in a drop waist, even if it objectively looks gorgeous, as yours did on you!

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    2. OH and thanks for introducing me to Mimi G. I've apparently been living under a rock or something, because I had never heard of her before! She is indeed pretty awesome!

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  5. Adrienne, I actually like the original one...

    Girl, Let your pear figure emphasize itself, for all it wants to! Because it rocks! You got beautiful curves, why not flaunt it?

    Btw, have you tried a sway back adjustment ala the seam alteration method. http://www.fitthat.com/alteration_sway_back.htm

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    1. Thanks Kay for the encouragement. I shall try to celebrate my pear figure more.
      Oh goodness, I know... The extra fabric at the back was/is annoying me also... I realize I've totally had my head in the sand on that one for this dress. "If I don't see it, it doesn't exist" seems to be what has happened here. Except, just because I can't see my back, it's still there! Ooops.

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  6. You look great! I love drop waist skirts and dresses and this looks great on you. I almost always have one sleeve that will go in perfectly and I end up fighting with the other.

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  7. Your channeling Marc Jacobs SS13, definitely not Avril Lavigne!

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    1. Phew, that's good to hear. :-)

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  8. Both versions, your original and your new one look really cool, but I do like the new version a LOT! I really like the play of stripes. This is a winner!
    and thank you for those kind words and the mention in your fashionary post :)

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  9. I agree with Karen, you have a fabulous figure Adrienne! I think the earlier version of the dress emphasises it in a positive rather than a negative fashion, you look great! I like the skirted version too but for me, the Beyonce style one wins hands down.
    I had a run in with an invisible zip on my last make and had to admit defeat, so yes, they've been humouring me too! X

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  10. I like all of your versions of this dress. I second (or third) the comments about you having an awesome figure, and not needing to be so self-conscious about your "pear" shape (to me it seems like it's more of an amazing hourglass rather than pear). But most of all, your backside is PHENOMENAL!!!

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  11. I like this. I think the only problem with the first version is that maybe it was a little long. But yes: embrace the pear! (Says the woman who has to remind herself of that all the time.)

    Definitely not Avril. You need a heck of a lot more kohl to achieve that.

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  12. I think both dresses are lovely and both look nice on you. However, the second one is a lot more playful and fun - looks fantastic.

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  13. I love this version, I think it's very flattering to your figure. I just made a drop waist dress and rather like the style. The stripes are hypnotizing, good fabric choice!

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  14. Durn I think I just lost a comment..

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  15. Yup I did so here's a short version of the comment that disappeared the first one looked fine-I didn't notice an obvious pear shape even after reading the accompanying text-the second one, if you wanna reduce the visual breakup between the two types of lines add some black stretch lace or similar across the horizontal seam (again, not in a straight line but slightly off or on a slight zig-zag maybe..). Or you could stencil a repeat pattern across the lower piece that only slightly overlaps the upper..
    I made a similar dress to your version one (Vogue pattern with a back cutout) and it went straight to the charity shop without ever being used because it was too figure-hugging to eat in XD

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  16. LOVE! The flirty flounce is amazing and so cute.
    Makes me want to buy some striped jersey...

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