|Vogue 1250 DKNY dress|
I finally made my own copy of the super popular dress Vogue 1250 by DKNY. My motivation finally came after joining Pattern Review's Best Pattern Contest. I made my version in a large format knit, overprinted with a paisley pattern that I bought a year or two ago in Portugal. At the time I remember thinking how cool the fabric looked and what a great avant garde something I could make with it... now, I am not so sure!
I do like the pattern, although it does not make it into my list of absolute favorites. I like it because it is really simple: 4 seams plus hems. Because of this it also went very quickly, once I got over the weirdness of the few seams. But it's not quite my favorite because there really is too much fabric at the cowl. I may have aggravated that problem by using a thick knit, but in the myriad of versions I've seen with lightweight knits the neckline is really rather low for this reason.
I lengthened the dress by a good 8cm, to my new favorite length of 4cm below the knee. I also added sleeves to the elbow by simply extending the pattern as far as I could before hitting the attached skirt piece. This worked beautifully and I think this is my new favorite sleeve length. So Duchess of Cambridge, too!
Finally, the fabric... now that it's made up I am not sure if I like the print anymore. I can't get over a faint "grandma-ish" vibe I get from it. Or maybe it is just that the colors are more for Fall and I am in a Spring soon-to-be-summer mood? Hmmm. What is that concept I've come across in many sewing blogs? That closet where garments go to sit for a while until our head is clear of the prejudice that builds up when working intensely and closely on something... That's where this one will need to hang for a while to see if it improves.
My review of the pattern is here at Pattern Review.