Thursday, April 7, 2011

Vogue 1229: Vena Cava Ikat Print Dress

In furtherance of my plan to sew summer clothes early, I made this Vena Cava asymmetrical ruffle dress from the Vogue spring pattern release:


 



I feel almost goofy wearing this dress right now, it's so lightweight and summery.  The fabric is a lightweight cotton ikat print from JoAnn Fabrics.  I know.  This is one of the few nice, polyester-free fabrics I've found at JoAnn's.  This is true stashbustin': I purchased this fabric right when I started garment sewing, about 2 years ago.

Warning: the bodice is very short.  I made a quick muslin of the top, and ultimately added 1 1/4".  I also added 3" to the length so that I wasn't married to the super-short length at the end.

Other than those changes, the dress was easy to make, even the ruffles (they are self-lined, instead of finished with a narrow hem). 



The entire inside, except the waistband, is finished with french seams - including the bust dart.  Here's the pattern piece, and the finished dart.



I don't think this is vastly different from a regular dart - I've never been that offended by them - but it was different and fun to sew. 

I probably won't make this again.  It's a really cute dress, but the gathering is a little poufy.  It's more pronounced than on the pattern envelope, and this is a really lightweight material.   

Regardless, I think it will be a great alternative to shorts on those 90 degree days that just seem so far away right now...

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We're headed to Spain tomorrow for 10 days of sightseeing and jamon-eating (and perhaps some fabric shopping: a reader suggested Ribes & Casals in Madrid.  Thanks!)  See you back here in a few weeks!

24 comments:

AllisonC said...

I like your version much more than the pattern envelope, I think because of the brighter fabric and the change you made to the bodice. It will be a great dress to wear when it does get hot!

Rebecca said...

Your dress is very cute! Such a great dress for summer. :]

toy said...

Have a great trip, when I first saw this dress, I thought, wow, this is a nightie, but I see it has potential now that you made it, still not for me, but I love the print you used and it will be a nice summer dress indeed

Karin said...

I like your version more than the pattern envelop! Adding a little more length to the bodice made a big difference. I think it will be a dress that makes more sense in the dog days of summer. You will be able to look cute and pulled together and still stay cool.

Have a great time in Spain, show us some pictures when you get home!

Maggie said...

Much better than the envelope, I agree. And that dress might be useful if you end up with too much jamon-eating ;) Have a great time in Spain!!

toboldlysew said...

At the risk of repeating everyone else, yours looks so much better than the original! When I saw that first, it just looked shapeless and uninteresting to me - yours is cute! I love the print! Hope you get some hot weather in Spain so you can wear it!
Bon voyage!

meli88a said...

I can't wait for summer either -- or spring, for that matter. You're ready with this dress! Just think of those hot sticky summer days, you'll be breezing around in this cute little number. :)

Rachel said...

Very pretty!! I love the colors in the fabric.

Suzie said...

Your version is SO much nicer than the one on the model. I LOVE that ikat print.

Enjoy Spain :)

a little sewing said...

very cute dress! You are smart to sew for summer now so you'll have this when it gets hot.
Enjoy Spain!

Susan said...

While you may feel goofy wearing it right now, you look amazing. What a gorgeous, summery dress.

JoanneM said...

Your version is excellent. This pattern on the model hit at such an odd bust point when I looked at it numerous times. You really identified the problem and corrected it.
Great dress !

Stevie said...

I absolutely love this print! really lovely dress the fabric is fantastic.
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Have a great day.
Stevie x

The Slapdash Sewist said...

Oooh, have fun in Spain. I adored it!

Love this dress. Joann does have the occasional gem (but only very occasional).

I've never heard of a French-seamed dart. You learn something new every day!

Eugenia said...

JoAnn's certainly came up trumps with that fabric - it is very lovely and very on trend for this season! It is perfect for that style. As you predict, I think that this beautiful dress will be just the thing for hot summer days - I think it will look wonderfully cool and casual with flat sandals but will also dress up with some heels and the right jewelry.

Vintage Girl said...

It's really lovely! You look great. I like the fabric too. Pretty, pretty!

Rosy said...

Well, that means that now you are traveling here ... Well, not exactly, but I hope you enjoy much of your vacation and bring with you a lot of pictures.

Rachel said...

Hey now, don't go dissing on JoAnn's. Personally I can't stand to shop elsewhere. This could have to do with me being quite poor and cheap, so 40% off coupons every time I buy fabric make me happy. To be fair I tend to work with lots of flannel and broadcloth (I am also a crappy sewer who can't do anything, all of my clothes close with either velcro or bias tape ties). I love your clothes you have made, and am going to follow your blog, even with the JoAnn's insult :P

Audrey said...

Really darling dress. You chose the perfect print fabric for that pattern.

amber said...

I think this is such a pretty summer dress! I actually had it flagged because the empire waist seems perfect for my expanding waistline, but it definitely doesn't look like a maternity garment. Your husband might need a quick boot in the bum for that comment!

Angela said...

Great dress! Love the fabric! Hehe.. I would be totally wearing that around here in Texas. You're totally inspiring me to make some summer dresses! :)

Gail said...

Lovely. I'm just putting on the winter coats downunder.

Jacquie said...

No way does that look like a maternity dress! Ignore him! Your version looks lovely and actually far, far better than the original. It looks like the model on the pattern envelope is wearing a dress that is too small and tight across the bust which put me off buying it. It looks so much better the way you have made it with the longer bodice length. Enjoy Spain!

Printed Dresses said...

WOW! Great collection. Purple is the color of choice for every woman. I like it very much.