Thanks so much for the comments about my version of Vogue 1220! I’m going to wear it as it is…but make another version with a bit more length for work when I find the right fabric.
My next project’s another Vogue designer pattern, 1073. This one has been around for a few years. I remember seeing it in the Vogue catalogue when I was buying my first ever dress patterns, noticing it was marked ‘Advanced Difficulty’, and wondering what on earth was so tricky about an A line dress with a few little pintucks. But I had enough sense to realise I was missing something and bought a Very Easy Vogue pattern instead, which proved quite difficult enough to sew at the time.
Now I’ve been sewing for a while I appreciate why making those curved tucks – in a knit as well – would be a challenge. ‘Average’ difficulty is about my level in Vogue. I did make Vogue 1087 but that one is only really ‘Advanced’ in the insane amount of tailor tacking and hemming it requires. (I cheated and used hem tape). But I still like the 1073 dress so I included the pattern in my last batch from Sew Direct, and bought some cream knit fabric on a recent expedition to Goldhawk Road.
I then started looking online for what other people had done with this pattern. No reviews on Pattern Review, which is very unusual. I’ve been the first person to post a review of a pattern once or twice, but not a Vogue that’s been around for a while. There are a few posts on the Sewing Divas site about possible methods for sewing the pintucks but no pictures of a finished project. In fact Google can’t find me a finished project. This pattern is three years old – has no one made it at all? Or is it such a disaster area that no one will admit to having made it?
As I have the fabric and the pattern I intend to give it a go despite these ominous signs, but I am not setting my heart on making it come out perfectly. Wish me luck.