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How To Make A Dress!

27 Aug

As promised I’m going to chronicle you through my making of a dress, specifically:

V1104,, $4

This pattern is V1104 by Anna Sui and OMG IT’S ON CLEARANCE!

I’ve been wanting to do pattern reviews for a while now, I don’t believe that sewing is a lost art, there are tons of us that do it. So whether you’re at home just wanting to sew more, think it’s cheaper (you’re a littttttle bit wrong…), or you’re a student in textiles in high school and don’t have a clue which pattern to pick, then this is you’re domain my friends.

A note on the cheaper thing: Patterns are expensive, this one’s on sale- the original price is $30. Vogue patterns always tend to be more expensive, but we’re talking an Anna Sui Dress Ladies. The good thing about patterns to is you can use them more than once.

So, I had this gorgeous red cheetah print silk chiffon, I had it for months just waiting for me. Calling to me- “Sannnnnndy! WEAR ME!! I’M BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!”

So, I laid it out:

Cut it, do some sewing!

Now here’s a note- the pattern specifies this one way to do a hem on the chiffon. I spent like, 4 hours just trying to figure it out. I could not, at all. It was SO strange. I ended up just serging the hems. It still looks good, and I know I saved HOURS of my life.

Now, here’s where the problem started.

So, this is the bottom ruffle. I followed the pattern layout exactly, and so when it was time to sew it onto the bottom I was so excited!

Problem. The ruffle was SIGNIFICANTLY shorter than the bottom of the dress. I looked at it and just could not figure it out. I spent two days just trying to make it work. Finally my Mum came down and was like, “just cut more circles to attach to the ruffles.” I ended up having to cut 2 extra pieces and it fit PERFECTLY.

In the end, I finished the dress 5 minutes before my friends got there.


Let’s just say after making this dress I needed the beer.

As you can see, I didn’t use the sash that came with the pattern, it wasn’t strong enough and I didn’t like the extra bow around the ruffles. It was a little to much. I ended up not being to sure about the dress.

In the end, it’s a cute pattern, the dress is nice and it’s a good way to use chiffon. The ruffle problem is a HUGE one- bought patterns should ALWAYS work. If you’re in a class and your sewing teacher is anything like mine, then don’t use this pattern in class- mine was a pattern Nazi, we weren’t allowed to even lengthen or shorten! I don’t think I’ll be using expensive fabric for my next vogue patterns adventure because I’m dodged out by this one. For the sale price, it’s worth it, just make sure to add that little extra ruffly goodness on the bottom!

I wore it to my cousin’s wedding in Halifax too! It worked really well, and everyone loved it! I’ll put up more pictures when they come… thank god no more were taken of that night…