Pattern: Vogue 1258, a Vena Cava design
Fabric: ITY knit, 2 yards (from fabric.com)
Notes: Vogue 1258 is not your average knit dress! I chose this design as part of my current project – trying new silhouettes, and rejecting the notion that I need to hide certain parts of my body. Vogue claims that this dress is suitable for the pear shaped figure (abbreviated as a triangle on the envelope.) I found that claim to be somewhat dubious when I first saw the fall patterns. Is that true? Well, that depends on how comfortable you are with emphasizing the lower half of your body. There are a lot of pleats and pockets all jammed together at the hipline. But you know what? I think I really like it!
It does not, in my opinion, look much like the envelope photo. For one thin, the sleeves are longer and less cap-like than they appeared at first, which is fine with me. The front drape has more volume, though that may be sizing. The break for the sizes came between 8 and 10, so I bought the larger size. This is a straight size 10, but I think an eight would have been more similar to the photo.
The other difference (and my only real issue) is the back hemline. The weight of the pleats and pockets, combined with the ties (which do pull at the back a bit) cause the back hemline to pull up a little. If I made this dress again I would allow for extra length back there. I’m emphasizing it in this photo (the pockets cause it to look worse) but that’s something to watch out for! It’s wearable either way. It does make me look a little wider in the back than I am, again due to the pockets (which fall open to the sides a bit when not in use) but that doesn’t really bother me. I do really like the way the bias cut skirt lined up in this print!
Alterations to the pattern: I shortened the dress by 4 inches at the hem, so mine is not as pegged (tapered) as the original. It went to just below my knee without the alteration, which I don’t find flattering. I also omitted the topstitching on the sleeve bands, though I did topstitch the seams where called for. I really think this is an excellent pattern, and one which should flatter a variety of figures. I wasn’t super excited by the first Vena Cava patterns, but I’m so glad I tried this one!
By the way, can you tell I’ve currently got one camera lens that I love, and one that I cannot get to take nice photos? I’m on the lookout for a good multi-purpose lens, but I find all the different types to be very confusing. I’ve currently got a 50mm, which I love, and a zoom lens (is that the right terminology?) that I don’t, as it doesn’t focus well and tends to get terrible lens flare. I find that using the SLR has a learning curve, but I’m trying!