FIT & FLARE DRESS | VOGUE 1950
I had the great honor of witnessing one of my young ladies get married this past weekend. She was a member of my girl’s club called, “Young Ladies of Christ” when she was younger. Both the wedding and reception were absolutely breathtaking. There was so much intention behind the planning. My favorite part was when they washed each other’s feet. Oh my GOODNESS! I’ve never seen or heard of anyone implementing this aspect of Jesus’ love into a wedding ceremony. I had to keep my composure because I felt myself wanting to do the ugly cry. I couldn’t do that because I thought I was way too cute in my new Fit & Flare Dress. Here’s a photo, below, of the newlyweds.
Warning: This blog post is photo heavy. I wanted to show you closeup details so I’ve included more pictures than usual.
When I saw Carlos Correa with Vogue Patterns post his version of this Vogue 1950 Fit & Flare Dress, on Instagram, I think I gasped and stopped breathing for a few seconds. Then came an exhale of sheer delight because I KNEW I would be adding it to my wardrobe. This is MY STYLE! I love a good, classic fit & flare. But the NECKLINE is over the top beautiful.
This was such a fun project for me. I knew it would be a good choice for the wedding. As usual, I styled it with accessories before cutting into the fabric. This helps me to imagine what the garment will look like when I’m wearing it. And the outcome, in this case, was exactly as I envisioned — very classy and elegant.
Vogue 1950 is a fully lined, Fit & Flare dress. The bodice is close-fitting through the bust with a spread collar, collar stand, and notched lapels. It has short sleeves, self-covered belt and buttons (decorative only), thread belt carriers, side seam pockets, invisible back zipper and center back hook & eye closure.
This is most definitely an ADVANCED sewing project. I consider myself an INTERMEDIATE level sewist and I was able to complete the dress. I think it may be time to graduate myself to Advanced level. There are 18 pattern pieces required to sew the dress. While the pattern instructions are pretty straightforward and easy to follow (depending on your sewing skill level), I found myself baffled a few times. I kept reading and studying the illustrations in those instances, until it finally clicked. Once I understood, it made perfectly good sense. Hahaha! Does that ever happen to you?
Here are some closeup details of the bodice.
Inside the Garment
The lining construction for this pattern is very well designed. I love that it produces a crisp and clean finish. This is what you see inside of high-end garments.
I used my Baby Lock Soprano sewing machine to sew the entire garment and the Baby Lock Vibrant to finish off the seam allowance on the sleeves. I used a size 14 Jersey Needle to accommodate the thick fabric (discussed later). I set the machine for a Narrow Zig Zag Stitch with a 2.5mm stitch length and 0.5mm stitch width. I used a walking foot for all the major seams, and a regular zipper foot to install the zipper.
Next, we have the front of the bodice. Look at how beautiful that lining is designed.
There’s nothing more beautiful than a clean invisible zipper insertion with a lining.
Since the sleeves, collar, and lapels are not lined, I decided to serge the seam allowances of the armholes to keep everything neat. The pattern instructions suggest trimming close to stitching and turning the seam allowance toward the sleeve. So, if you don’t have a serger, you can follow those instructions.
Here’s a look at the skirt lining attached to the bodice. Very clean.
In order to prevent the lining from twisting inside while wearing the dress, I added a French tack between the lining and the dress at the bottom. The pattern guide instructs you to hem the lining. However, because I was pressed for time, I left my hem raw, but I will probably go back and hem the lining at another time for stability.
We've Got Pockets!
I don’t need to have pockets in every dress that I make, especially when working with really thin fabrics. But THIS one was a must, so I’m glad they were already included. And the pockets are pretty deep, so that’s a plus.
Here you can see a closeup of the pockets with my hands fitting nicely inside. The pocket has a clean finish as well.
I found myself posing with one hand in my pocket for pictures. Here I am with the newlyweds — hand in pocket. It just automatically went there every time. Hahaha!
The pattern calls for Moderate Stretch Knits, such as Bonded Knits, Double Knit, and Scuba Knit fabrics. The fabric should have at least 35% stretch on the cross grain. I used this beautiful NAVY PONTE KNIT that I picked up from my local JoAnn Fabrics.
The collar, lapel, and hems of the garment are raw (no hemming). Therefore, you must use a fabric that does not fray.
They suggest lining fabric but knit isn’t specified. I used a lightweight knit fabric for my lining because the Ponte fabric is very heavy. I didn’t want to add more weight to the dress by using a thicker lining.
Since I wanted my belt to be thick, I used a Heavy Weight Upholstery Vinyl Fabric for the belt backing. I purchased the vinyl from JoAnn Fabrics. It helped to create the perfect weight and thickness for the belt.
I was able to sew the dress straight from the envelope without any alterations, and the fit is excellent. I cut a Size 8 on all pieces except the sleeves. My biceps are a bit thicker, so I cut a size 10. It took me 3 days to complete the dress. Day 1 was spent cutting all the pattern pieces from fabrics, and interfacing the main fabric for belt. Days 2 and 3 were full sewing days, and I finished just 2 days before the wedding. I MUST stop waiting until the last minute.
I used a HOOKS & EYE CLOSURE to secure the top of the collar.
The neckline of this dress makes a bold statement, so I kept the jewelry simple. I styled it with a gold heart, pendant necklace and matching earrings that my friend, Maria, gave me for my birthday this year. I added a gold bracelet with rhinestones which fit in just right. Everything was styled around the necklace. The beautiful surprise about the necklace pendant is that it mimics the neckline of the dress.
My gold strappy heels and beaded clutch were an excellent match for the jewelry and very fitting for the style of the dress. They finished off the look to create a pure, elegant appearance.
The wedding was beautiful and my dress was a success. This is a beautifully designed pattern, and I highly recommend it for INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED sewing levels. Below is a picture of my friend Maria and I at the wedding. She’s the one who gave me the necklace for my birthday.
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Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
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- Covered Buttons Kit
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- Learn to SEW Course
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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