Thursday, December 05, 2013

Vogue 1370 Finished!

I'm just going to let the pictures speak on this one because you've seen all of the construction posts...and after that was is there left to say.  You all just want to see if the dress fits and works so here it is...


So following the advice given, we took to the sidewalk outside my home to take pictures during the cloudy/overcast part of the day on Sunday.  They all came out crappy.  Seriously crappy.  Most were unfocused...none worked on the Canon Rebel.  The outside shots included in this post were taken on my iPad.  The pics by the Christmas Tree were taken inside with the point and shoot.  To me they look the most like me...sad right?!? 

I will honestly tell you that I'm about disgusted with the Canon Rebel and the learning curve.  I would box it up and send it back BUT I keep thinking that if I finally get my act together some day I WILL be able to take pics by myself with the tripod and remote that I now own...something I can't do with the point and shoot.  So the Canon sits while my daughter and I will go back to taking pics with the point and shoot.


Honestly I need to lose 10 lbs for this dress.  There's a lot of sucking in going on here.  I have lost ten pounds recently due to a diet change dictated by my doctor.  But this dress is still tight.  I don't know what I did when I was making the pattern alterations because it was based upon my TNT dress. If I were to make this dress again, I would add an inch to the center of the dress front pattern piece to give me the additional needed space...if I make it again...which I highly doubt...not because it's not a great design but because this dress is so distinctive.



This fabric picked up every piece of lint around.  Of course it wasn't noticeable until we took these close up shots of the design features.  Will definitely have to lint roll this dress before wearing it out in public.


Back shot - I'm loving the inserts and the addition of the houndstooth to the sleeve bands, however, that invisible zipper could be better.  Please note that there is no vent in the hemline of this dress and walking around taking pics in it was fine.  I will have to see how this works in my everyday life.  Also in full disclosure, I will probably wear solid black heels with this dress at work...but when I wear the dress to church, the houndstooth heels will definitely be worn with it.

I've already moved onto constructing pieces of the Crazy 8 wardrobe...just wanted to share photos of me wearing the dress.  I think the dress has a lot of potential and if you're up for the challenge of sewing 14 pieces for a sheath dress...go for it!

...as always more later!

60 comments:

  1. This dress is sooooo cute! Love it!

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  2. I like this very much! It's distinctive yet wearable in a corporate workplace like yours. Probably my favorite of your Fall sewing.

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  3. Wow, well done! You look great in this dress, sucking in or not.

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  4. I adore it, the contrast of the hounds-tooth is distinctive and stunning. Lint be damned it is a great dress. Every last piece came together beautifully.

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  5. Very flattering dress and great shoes too. The designer knew what was up with those waist inserts.

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  6. Cute! I hope this dress works as well for you in real life as it does in these pictures. It looks fantastic!

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  7. Looks great, the inserts are so much more noticeable on your version which is a good thing.
    I too have real problems taking photos of myself with a tripod and it really slows my blogging down, my camera takes great pictures of everyone else so I am starting to think it is me!

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  8. You are totally rocking this dress. Love those shoes. g

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  9. Those inserts are ingenious. You have a great flair for design.

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  10. There are no other words for it. You look fabulous.

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  11. I love that dress, it is an inspired marriage of fabric and pattern. And, of course, the shoes!!

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  12. You look fantastic in your dress and it is so inspiring, however I need to find those shoes first :)

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  13. So cute! I already purchased the pattern, but I have to go get the correct size because I was obviously in a daze because I purchased the wrong size :) Love the dress and cannot wait to make mine!!!

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  14. Beautiful as always! Hopefully you get your camera situated soon, I'm sure that's frustrating :/

    But, yep...gorgeous dress and shoes AND shiny hair! What's not to love :)

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  15. I love your dress. Those inserts really make the dress special. Black is such a pain for picking up the lint. Shame you are having problems with the camera. Hope you sort it out soon.

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  16. Love the way this turned ! The houndstooth was a great choice for the contrast.

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  17. Great dress, love the houndstooth detail.

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  18. Looks great and very flattering! Thanks for sharing as I was wondering how it would turn out. I don't know much about cameras. It I do know how frustrating new technology can be, it took me some time to get used to the quirks of my iPad and the differences in the software from word, etc. I'm glad I did as it has become my go to choice for on the road work and fun. Good luck with the camera learning curve!

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  19. That's a 'wow' of a dress and I can't say enough about how it looks with those shoes!

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  20. Looking great! I agree with the others who say those inserts are fab!! And the shoes ... well, OMG! I loved them the first time you shared them with us.

    Sorry to see you go from the Mood network and just hope it was your decision.

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  21. The dress is a winner, it looks great.

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  22. This is a beautiful dress on a beautiful woman!! The inserts are just amazing!!!I love the choice you made with the houndstooth fabric and how it all came together. It is very flattering (doesn't look like you need to lose 10 pounds) as the eye is directed to the flicks of "color" in the inserts. You are an inspiration!

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  23. A very distinctive and elegant dress. I love the houndstooth shoes with it--smashing!

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  24. This is really nice, Carolyn, and looks great on you. There is something about the placement and shape of those inserts that is very flattering on you. Love those shoes!

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  25. A gorgeous dress and the inserts are all in the right places to create a slimming line. Love it with those shoes too.

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  26. If you want to borrow the MSN photos to this post, feel free. We photoshopped-out your lint!

    And can you please add a line to previous post telling people to include a link to their blogs? Would you believe we've gotten emails but with no links included?!

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  27. Fabulous,as always! And those shoes really pop! Gloria

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  28. When I received my Rebel I went to the library looking for books to learn how to use it. One of the librarians had recently gotten one and recommended a video that taught you a lot about it. I didn't get it because I am a book person not a video person. I will get the name of it and email it to you next time I go. Saw this dress on your instagram and thought you looked gorgeous in it.

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  29. You look stunning in that dress! I love that you used a print fabric for the inserts, which BTW are are very figure-flattering. You continue to inspire, Carolyn.

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  30. Oh, my goodness! Stunning! I love it with the shoes, too.

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  31. You look FAB!!! Love how the houndstooth is like arrows in the back pointing to your matching shoes!!

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  32. Oh I love it. Carolyn and will definitely get this pattern for spring.

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  33. You look amazing Carolyn! This whole outfit looks so right on you. Mmmm wonder what did happen with the fit? I say lets just put it down to the fabric lol. There's an extra benefit in wearing this dress besides looking good and that's is your tummy muscles will get a workout at the same time LOL. Congrats on your losing weight too as you are looking great and you probably feel better for it too. I seriously need to get back on my program as I've put back on some of what I lost before... ah well you lose some you win some back again lol

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  34. This is such a lovely dress! I would never have thought to make the insets in a houndstooth pattern. Very creative!

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  35. I love the dress. I think the insert are very slimming and is a beautiful detail.

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  36. Great job and the shoes are fabulous. I mainlt wanted to tell you that I just forwarded to you, via email, an ad for some lovely ponte knits in glorious colors.

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  37. Beautiful! I love that pattern.

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  38. Awesome! The shoes deserve a round of applause on their own. Love it!

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  39. I was actually going to say you look 10 pounds slimmer in this dress, those houndstooth inset pieces are amazingly flattering. And I love the shoe + dress combo but I can understand not wanting to get comments about it all day at work - wear something that's not boring to work and everyone feels the need to say something!

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  40. I KNEW it would be adorable, and those shoes are the absolutely perfect accessory. You go, Girl!

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  41. I love this dress. The back is totally awesome!

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  42. Ms. Carolyn, Don't you look lovely. Great looking dress and you wear it well my dear.

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  43. I just LOVE that dress, you look awesome!
    Taking outfit pictures is more challenging than most people think; I've been experimenting and trying to learn a bit more about photography because my old camera's Auto feature just doesn't satisfy me at this point.

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  44. You look fantastic in that dress. The shoes are just too perfect!

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  45. You did a great job! You are an inspiration…especially when you point out things that aren't perfect. It helps us get past our own sewing misadventures. Thanks.

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  46. This is one gorgeous dress!!!! Love it... Your version is soooo much prettier than the pic shown on the Vogue website...

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  47. Love, love, LOVE this! It looks fantastic on you!

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  48. *LOVE* What a great dress! I totally looked past that pattern, but you've made a rockin' version with that houndstooth. And your shoes!!! Did I say *<3*?

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  49. You did one AWESOME job on this dress!! :)

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  50. You are not alone!I have a Canon camera, too, and seriously, I've found it a difficult camera to get a decent shot out of. My smartphone does better!
    And I think your dress looks great.

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  51. At first I looked at this and thought I couldn't imagine how you got the curved lines to lay down flat... then I saw that the seam lines go across the whole dress... that is a nice touch to this pattern. It gives me ideas for a project I am working on. Thanks for sharing!

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  52. Your dress looks great! I always liked the houndstooth fabric with the solid. As usual great job.

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  53. I'm late to the party but wanted to say: Another beautiful dress! I love how it turned out with the houndstooth inserts.

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  54. I love this dress AND your shoes!

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  55. All those seams are just perfect! As always a great make!

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  56. Gorgeous dress. The dress looks so nice and suits you so well. I Love the houndstooth inserts. Such nice design details.

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