Pattern: Vogue's Misses' Dress V1162 from the Bellville Sassoon Collection
Fabric: Cotton/lycra blend in a deep purple
To make this look less formal and more wearable (who really goes to that many cocktail parties, anyway?) I made mine out of a cotton lycra blend in a deep purple, shortening it up a few notches, and ditching the rouching detail on the front. (I did, however, add some darts to balance the look out a little more on the bottom.)
Of course, being a fancy smansy Vogue pattern, the details have proven to be quite a lot of work. Cutting out the pattern's 20 pieces over five yards of fabric took me all of one evening, and hand sewing the sleeve details took 5 to 6 hours per sleeve. But the results were worth it. Check out the beginnings of the sleeve, below:
The final look, in full, is pictured below:
Update: A month after I made this dress I found its knock-off at H&M. I still like mine better.
You can check out my review of this pattern at PatternReview.com.
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