As I wish for the spring to come faster, I chose for this month to make a dress, and the Vogue V9293 fit the bill. The pattern envelope view D inspired me to copy their styling in my fabric choice. That’s how I picked the stripy seersucker and plain back fabrics I used for my version.

Basted on my body measurements I cut as size 14 to which I did the following adjustments:

•      shortened the bodice above the bust by 2 cm on both the front and back. This made the bust dart to lie in the correct position on my body.

•      Applied a 1 cm sway back adjustment on the centre back seam to accommodate my short back.

•      Shortened the skirt by 5 cm so that the hem of the dress falls on the same line as my knees.

•      Adjusted the centre back line to include a vent as I prefer that finish in skirts. (as below)

Being an easy options Vogue pattern, the dress came together quite fast.   The pattern instructions call for a centred zipper insertion. I decided to do a lapped zip instead, changing the tread to account for the change in colour between the bodice and skirt.  However, I feel that an invisible zipper would have been more appropriate for this dress.

I love how the to different fabrics make the dress look like it’s actually a blouse and a skirt . Not quite sure the sleeves work for me. Maybe I should have shortened them so they are on me more like ¾ sleeves rather than almost full length. What do you think?

I like how the pattern pieces make the stripe go in different directions. Also, I believe adding the waist ties are a good idea because they can distract the attention away from a full abdomen.

I like this little number for the office, especially when I want to wear something a little special that comfortable without it being over the top.

Sewing Summary:

Pattern:  Vogue V9293  - Fitted dresses have sleeve variations, ties at waist, back zipper, and either straight or pleated skirt. A, D; Contrast bodice and ties. 

I made a combination of view F but with contrast fabric for the skirt (so it’s more like view C /F sleeve with view D)

Sizing:  A5 (6 to 14) and E5 (14 to 22)

Fabric:   for the bodice and ties 2 m of stripe seersucker (lightweight 100% polyester) and for the skirt 1m of square cotton (medium weight 100% cotton)

Notions:  22” *(56 cm) zipper, 2 m single fold bias tape 1.3 cm wide, one hook and eye, two buttons

Modifications:  Please keep in mind that I am 1.57 m tall (5ft2). I cut a size 14. Shortened bodice above the bust by 2 cm (usual alteration I make on Vogue patterns). Also did a 1 cm sway back, to account for my short back and also shorthold the skirt by 8 cm. In all the whole garment was shortened by 10 cm in the front and 11 cm in the back.  I modified the pattern to create a vent on the centre back seam where the slit is.

Instructions: Cannot really comment much on this as I tend only to check the seam allowance and glance at the diagrams.

Fit:  I am quite happy with it.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?:  Yes, although I shortened the skirt and left the sleeves as they were, usually I also need to shorten the sleeves by about 5 to 8 cm. 

Watch out for:  I’d use an invisible zip for this dress, I think it would look better than the centred zip as indicated on the instructions. 

Make Again?: Yes.  But I will use an invisible zipper.

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Simona @ Sewing Adventures in the Attick