Vogue 1449 Drop Waist Dress

Pattern Information

As soon as I saw this Vogue pattern I knew I wanted to make it because of all of the amazing drop waist patterns out there. One of my absolute favourite drop waist versions is House of Pinheiro’s Saiph Tunic.

Pattern: Vogue Dress 1449
Description: Lined, sleeveless dress (close-fitting through bust and fitted through hips) has neck band, jewel neckline, seam detail, drop-waist, pleated flounce, bias armhole band and invisible back zipper.
Fabric used: Cotton Sateen from Britex Fabrics in San Francisco

What did you like about this pattern?

This pattern was really easy to make and didn’t have too many pattern pieces like Vogue normally does. For sizing I ended up cutting a 10 but I had to take it in about two sizes. So I would suggest doing a muslin first because as I found the pattern might run large. Especially if you’re working with stretch fabrics such as cotton sateen.

Did you make any alterations to the pattern?

I originally purchased two lots of fabric to make but after making this first version I wasn’t sure if it suited my body shape, making me a look a little boxy. The pleats also didn’t sit straight down like the model photo but that could have been because of my fabric choice. I also had to take it in quite a lot to try and taper it around my stomach and bust.

Would you make this pattern again?

Once I made it I wasn’t so sure if I liked it or not, sending a picture of me wearing it to my girlfriends (since they’ve all been my very helpful sewing critics) all they told me, yes it looks great!

Also, as you can see from the photos it’s quite short! So if you’re wanting a bit of length make sure you add that before cutting it out. I am so in love with this fabric and had been dying to use it so I’m not sure I made the best choice given I’m still on the fence about the pattern design and my body shape. On a site note I purchased this fabric when I went to San Francisco in 2015 and met up with the beautiful Ping from Peneloping! I seriously can’t believe how much things have changed since then and how quickly time flies!

All in all, I think this is a great pattern but it might suit a different body shape to mine.

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