This is one of those copycat makes that I just had to start/finish, even though it involved mid-week sewing!
The lovely Bella from Bell Bird recently made Vogue 1298 and I immediately found myself with a full-on, can’t-think-of-anything-else, obsessive crush!
I had briefly looked at Vogue 1298 when it was released, but being a mum of three kids, I don’t do the open back, no ‘support’ thing. It’s just not my style. I also have a tattoo on my back that I’m not a fan of showing off day to day. Some people rock tattoos, but I was just a dumb 17 year old once, and have permanent ink to prove it 🙂 Once I saw Bella’s Vogue 1298 with a tee underneath, I quickly hopped onto Ebay to snap it up.
I think this pattern looks awesome, and almost unrecognisable as an apron style dress or if you like, a pinny style dress with a striped tee. I’ve actually debated at length with my friend Rachel about how to pull off an apron style dress. Is is possible in your 30’s? Is it possible when you are a mum? Is it possible when you aren’t cool? I really think this pattern makes it possible.
Just a short aside, I met Bella in Melbourne at Frocktails and confessed my total obsession with her frock – awkward :/ She was also rocking a Vogue 1247 top converted to a dress (Melanie also rocked a Vogue 1247) and now I’m determined, after two failed attempts at it, to succeed with that damned pattern! They looked hot!
I purchased this fabric at Darn Cheap Fabric in Melbourne – my new favourite shop – well for now anyway 🙂 This is a very lightweight denim, more like a dark chambray and perfect for a dress. As the fabric is mid weight, I didn’t need to line this dress. I think it’s a nice finishing technique for a lighter weight fabric, but completely unnecessary for this.
To ensure I got the fit I was after, I slightly lengthened the bodice so the waist seam sits closer to my natural waist. I also shortened the skirt by a couple of inches. The fit with the curved straps aren’t perfect, but I think I can get away with it.
A note for Bella: I tried to figure out the back waist panel, but it didn’t work for me. I honestly think there is an error with this pattern piece and the instructions. It just doesn’t make sense, but it is easy enough to fudge together. As a result of my tinkering, the back panel sits a little higher on my dress.
As you can see I experimented with both long and short sleeve tees with this dress, as well as bare legs and tights. I think it works. Look out school on Monday! Mrs H will be stylin’!