SEWING MY STASH | VOGUE 1605
Yesterday was my birthday and I’m celebrating the entire month of August. That’s right! August is mine this year! Hahaha! I plan to treat myself well and the fun has already begun.
To get prepared for all the festivities, I decided to make several birthday outfits to wear this month. I wanted something very classy and dressy to wear out with my sons, and I’m very pleased with this look. BUT, I have to tell you the story of how this masterpiece started out as a mistake.
This is pattern #12 of my personal challenge to sew 22 patterns that I already have in the year 2022. That means I have 10 more to go. You can see Pattern #11 HERE.
THE MASTERPIECE STORY
This post is all about the skirt, but the top is the dramatic piece that brought the entire look together. My original plan was to sew the top that’s included with the pattern. However, since it’s summertime, I decided to go with a cooler option.
I envisioned an off-the-shoulder look with one long sleeve. Since I don’t have a pattern for that style, I decided to alter McCall’s 7531 to create the look I wanted.
To achieve the design, I shortened the dress to top length, altered the neckline, cut the fabric, and all was well (so I thought).
I sat down to pin the shoulder seams together and discovered that I had cut the front and back with right sides up. Noooooooo!!! I was supposed to invert one of the pieces since I cut on a single layer of fabric. I literally screamed because there was no fabric left to cut another piece.
Giving up wasn’t an option, so I went completely outside construction rules and made it work. The center back seam is not perfectly aligned but I care not one bit. I’m WEARING THIS TOP in all its beautiful imperfection.
Just in case you’re wondering how I hacked the pattern, I’ve added a few photos below. I’m not going into details about the alteration because I literally started drawing lines to create what I wanted. I don’t have guidelines or measurements to share because I didn’t use any. The original front and back were my templates to create new pattern pieces.
I added a dart in the back to remove the excess fabric that appeared from pulling the shoulder seam across the back to meet the front shoulder on the other side.
When I tried it on with the skirt, I squealed with delight because it was better than I had envisioned. This top was meant to be sleeveless. I’m in LOVE with my first birthday outfit.
The Vogue 1605 formal skirt is a Badgley Mischka design. It’s fitted through the hip and lined, with a center back invisible zipper and train. It features pleat details on the left hip, front waistband, and bow accent. The pattern is currently available on the Something Delightful website as a printed pattern only. The company rates the pattern as Advanced, and I agree. However, I’m an Intermediate sewist and was able to complete the skirt with no problem.
The pattern instructions are fairly straightforward and do a decent job of walking you through the instructions. There are eleven pattern pieces required to complete the skirt and lining.
Inside the Garment
One thing I absolutely love about sewing my own clothes is the ability to choose the fabrics, including lining. When I pulled this fabric to sew the skirt, I knew I wanted a pink lining and I’m pleased with how it looks against the skirt.
Following the finished garment measurements on the front pattern piece, I cut a size 14. The skirt fits very well without alterations to any of the seams.
The fabric suggestions on the back of the pattern envelope call for moderate stretch knits. For the skirt: Stretch Satin and Stretch Twill. I purchased this textured, metallic knit many years ago from the Michael Levine Loft, before they closed that department. It’s very lightweight and not scratchy against the skin.
The lining is a lightweight knit from JoAnn Fabrics. I love how the pink shows when I’m seated at the fountain.
I made the bow and decided not to use it because when placed the way I would want to wear it (see photo #2), the front draping on the skirt would be covered up. Also, it’s quite heavy for the waistband. You can see the thickness in photo #3.
For the skirt, the pattern calls for a 9” invisible zipper and one hook and eye closure.
My Plans for the Garment
This skirt is for special occasions. I wore it out to dinner with my sons on Sunday night to a fine restaurant. Yes, honey, I stepped into the place looking totally EXTRA! Hahaahaa! I also plan to wear this outfit for a future speaking engagement and other events where formal attire is requested.
I like the idea of styling the pieces separately. I’ll definitely wear the top with a pair of jeans, dressy trousers, pencil skirt, and palazzo pants. The skirt would also look nice in the winter with a long sleeve turtleneck, or button down white blouse with the collar popped up, accessorized with pearls. OMGoodness!!! YES!
Styling Option #1
I styled it with a pair of rhinestone heels, rhinestone clutch purse, rhinestone necklace, drop earrings, and beaded bracelets.
Styling Option #2
This hat is what inspired my vision for the outfit. It’s my grandmother’s hat. She passed away in January, a few days before her 102nd Birthday. This entire outfit was made in her memory.
I wanted to make a gown to wear with her hat and carry her red handkerchief that I kept. I forgot to get a photo with the handkerchief, but I do have video.
My Madear was a very sharp and classy lady. She loved to dress up and kept her home spotless. I wear this piece with pride because she inspired my love for hats. She was the first lady I saw wear a hat and I will treasure this one for the rest of my life.
Styling Option #3
I’m an Audrey Hepburn fan. When I completed the outfit and saw it on my dress form, I knew I would style it with my elbow-length gloves and tiara. Oh, how I love dressing up! If I ever get invited to a formal, evening tea party, I’m ready.
In my early twenties, I participated in local modeling events in Los Angeles. I learned about poise and posture while engaged with modeling and pageants. I won a couple of titles and was 1st runner up in one pageant. I kept all of my tiaras and display them in my sewing studio.
In Memory of Madear
How would you wear the skirt?
Would you sew this skirt? Do you have the pattern? How would you style it? Talk to me in the comments. I would love to hear from you.
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Links to Products, Posts & Tutorials
Here are links to products, blog posts, and tutorials mentioned in this post.
- Sewing Project Checklist
- Fabric Option 1
- Learn to SEW
- Baby Lock Soprano
- Baby Lock Vibrant
- Baby Lock Euphoria
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