Vogue 1268

Make a muslin.  That’s my warning to you, if you’re wanting to make this dress.  I’ll say it again, Make A Muslin.  Here’s my finished (finally) result from this:


Vogue 1268

This was the original dress pattern:


I had written about the problems with this pattern here, and I’ll recap with a picture that points out all the problems:

sewing 202

Basically, the bodice is just too blousy.  I loved the idea of a lined wrap almost-coat dress.  The top needed so much alteration that you may as well use a different pattern.  The cuffs, and sleeves are crazy-big and the shoulders are really wide.  All the pleating in the back is just too much:

sewing 200

The top is just so blousy!  I altered it by taking out some length at the top, but it still wasn’t enough.  Like I said, make a muslin.  You’ll need to alter this pattern in ways other than just taking in a few seams, sorry to say.  On the other hand, I really liked the skirt as well as the fabric.  So, after many months sitting in my  to-do pile, I pulled this back out and re-worked the skirt:


I ripped the top from the bottom.  I sewed petersham ribbon to the top of the skirt and sandwiched it between the lining.


For the closure, I used covered snaps, hooks and eyes.


Seam binding for the hem.  This crinkle faux suede does not press.


All’s well that ends well, finally.  I do like the asymmetric wrap skirt.


Personally, I won’t try this one again, but I would love to see what you all make and do with this pattern.  Just make a muslin Smile.

  1. Fabulous rescue! The skirt is truly unusual with the fabric texture and that great button. I love it! I’m glad you were able to get a great wearable piece out of a potential disaster.

    • Maria
    • February 10th, 2012

    I like your skirt more than the original dress. Wonder if I should buy the pattern and just make a skirt… 🙂

  2. Sorry the dress didn’t work out, but that’s a good save!

  3. It looks great as a skirt! Great save.

    • Merche
    • February 15th, 2012

    Hello, I´m new to your blog, and I´m so glad I found it! I just bought the pattern AND the fabric, but after reading your posts about this dress I think I´ll just make something else, as I´m awful at altering patterns. Thank you so much for the information and congratulations! The skirt looks fantastic.

    • Katie weary
    • September 24th, 2013

    I was thinking of buying this pattern. I love the dress but it sounds like a terribly frustrating pattern.

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