Vogue 1486 - Fancy AF

Let me start out by saying I was recovering from a stomach flu when I took these photos so forgive the miserable look I have on my face, I tried smiling and thinking happy thoughts, but I don't wear my emotions on my sleeve, I wear them on my face.

Vogue 1486

Here is v1486. A skirt I wouldn't have normally bought, but when Hancock was closing I thought, what the hell. A 20 dollar pattern for like 5 bucks was too good to pass up.

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Ok, so this is my first crop top and I wasn't awesome at keeping it pulled down. Oops. I didn't make the top because it had fake sleeves. Sure it covered the shoulders, but the armpits were left naked. I need full 360 coverage for it to be a real sleeve in my book. All the edges were finished with facings and that just seemed like a lot of work for a tiny crop top. I just ordered this one off Amazon.

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Finding the right fabric for this skirt was honestly the hardest part. You need it to have a LOT of stiffness and you also need three yards of it. This is actually my test run of the skirt, a wearable muslin if you will. Stiff fabric translates to expensive in my mind so I didn't want to take any chances. I found this pink denim in my stash. Yeah I had three yards of pink denim just laying around. You mean you don't?

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What I didn't have laying around though was a light pink zipper, or thread for that matter, and just used white for both.


I had trouble with the zipper because A) I didn't try that hard because it was just a test and I didn't expect to love it as much as I do. B) The denim is SO THICK. It sewed fine with my normal foot thanks to my heavy duty machine, but with the zipper foot, shit hit the fan. The pattern calls for an exposed zipper, but I didn't own one that went with pink that was worth showcasing. This white zipper wanted to be shown I guess and did everything it could to not be hidden.

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I do love the big front and back pleats and the pattern called for side tucks. They are hard to explain, but it's like an inverted box pleat where the top half is stitched closed.

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It adds a little something since it opens and flows instead of staying flat like a pleat. Also check out the stealth pocket there!

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The pattern calls for a raw edge hem, since you are supposed to use like a scuba or something else that doesn't fray, but with denim that wasn't really an option. I didn't add any length I just used a narrow hem, well really I did a rolled hem but it was lettuce city, folded it over and sewed it down. I works and stayed crisp.

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Nothing super special about the insides. Since my serger was on the struggle bus with more than two layers of denim, I just serged the edges with the blade off and used my regular machine to sew everything together. Things got super thick with the pleats, if I didn't have adjustable foot heights I wouldn't have been able to do it. I had never needed it before so that was fun to use.


Overall I really really like it. I mean, on paper it's a pink denim high waisted ball gown-like skirt worn with a crop top... but something about it makes me feel really classy and cool, even with a painful flu. I have a super fancy wedding to go to in Sept and I just might wear this.


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Simplicity 1755- Plaid dress

Hey, I finally finished a Simplicity 1755. I say finally because I tried this pattern like 3 years ago but I was still a noob, mucked it all up, threw it in my mistake pile and haven't thought about it since. Check out my fail here. One of the strangest parts of this pattern is that the smaller size envelope only goes up to a 12 (normally they go up to a 14), and the larger size envelope also included the size 12. So weird, just a heads up if, like me, you just always grab the smaller envelope. I wear a simplicity 14 most of the time and I bit the bullet and repurchased the pattern so I could finally have the size I truly needed. Hot damn, it worked out. I made a test dress without the lining and worked out all the fit issues. Then I made dreams come true.

Simplicity 1755

I mean...

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Besides finally making this dress I was able to pull a Garden State. I made this dress out of bed sheets and have half a fitted sheet and two pillow cases leftover. I have a hard time finding non flannel plaid and this dress calls for 4 yards, and with pattern matching needing an unknown amount of extra fabric...25 bucks was a pretty good deal!

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To get this perfect fit I shortened the top an inch, but then added an inch to the skirt to keep it hitting right above my knees. Each sleeve is in two halves and I took a full inch out of each half and still have plenty of wiggle room. I did the cuffs differently and skipped all hook and eyes, but I'll get into that later.

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The back is the only part I don't love. I clearly had the back pieces both end in a black stripe, but I have to take a few hairs out of the neck-back since I'm a hair hunchback and now the overall line looks a bit wonky, but the pattern matches and it fits like a glove so I will just deal with it and stop nit picking.

Simplicity 1755

I take great pride in my pattern matching. There are two front darts, side seams, two back darts, diagonal raglan sleeves, and a full pleated skirt and EVERYTHING IS MATCHED UP

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I need a fleet of dresses from this pattern. For real, it's perfectly dressy yet casual at the same time. I feel over dressed in a dress here in Iowa very quickly, but so far this dress just makes me feel bad ass.  

Simplicity 1755 collar

The pattern calls for a hook and eye to close the collar in the front, so you can have to option of opening it for an even more casual look, but with this one I knew I would never open it so I just hand stitched (tacked?) it closed right at the points.

Simplicity 1755 collar

Yes, I need to trim some threads at the zipper...but the point of this photo is to tell you about how I also put a few stitches in the back collar so it doesn't stick up and will stay flat. When I had googled this pattern to see what others had done with it, a lot of ladies had the collar go crazy in the back and mine was starting to do the same even after some good pressing and stiff interfacing.


Inside view of said tack

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I had skipped the sleeve and cuff details. The real way had an opening on the outside of the cuff and a small button closer. I just sewed the sleeve together then sewed a black band on the inside to hide the seams and be the cuff when I rolled it up.


Unrolled outside


Unrolled inside


After I had finished the dress, the sleeves were a bit longer than I would have liked, but with the band in place I couldn't just hem it shorter. So I just folded an inch in and sewed it. Like a sleeve dart? idk but it is hidden from the outside and I don't feel the flap on the inside, so if looks stupid but it works it ain't stupid.


I serged most of the seams, minus the pockets, I'm not super awesome at serging around pockets yet. I hemmed the bottom with hem lace, I used the whole package!


I  also hand stitched the lining in on the inside. I used the same fabric as the front which got confusing during assembly. But it also gave me options for pattern matching when things were off here and there.

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Now I'm just showing off my pattern matching. Find the side seam.

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Darts? center seam? where?

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Long story short I love this dress. I knew I would when I first saw the pattern cover so many years ago and I'm so glad I gave it another go and that my skills have improved enough to finally execute it.