Wednesday, December 16, 2009

Vogue 1151 - Hot Vegas dress!

When the Winter 2009 Vogue patterns were released a few months ago, I absolutely fell in love with 1151, a fitted knit dress from Cynthia Steffe. I loved the fabric, the style lines and that exposed zipper. Erica B recently made it up and her dress was beautiful, which made me want my own version even more. However, I've been preoccupied with baby gifts and such so it got pushed to the back burner.
Skip to the beginning of December. Jim and I decided last minute to go to Vegas this past weekend to help his brother celebrate his birthday. Jim has complained in the past that when we do Vegas in colder months that I "tend to dress like a nun." Hmph! My answer has always been that I'm way too old to run around in a skimpy dress when it's 40 degrees outside. But, it did make me think that maybe I should put a bit more effort into dressing more vegas glitz and less nunnery chic for this trip. And I immediately thought of that Cynthia Steffe dress. It would be a perfect!

This dress was done on a total time crunch and while I was recovering from a nasty URI and sinus infection. Thankfully, I had already purchased some beautiful aubergine rayon poly lycra doubleknit fabric from Fashion Fabrics Club (sold out now) earlier in the summer without any specific plans for it, just that I had fallen in love with the fabric after purchasing a RTW dress that was made in a similar fabric. Really, this stuff isn't your grandma's doubleknit. It's nice and stable, but is much softer than traditional doubleknit and looks a bit more luxe. The interfacing and thread were easy to pick up, although the zipper took longer than it should have to find locally.

I cut a smaller size on top than the bottom to accomodate my very pear shaped figure, but after I put together most of the dress, I realized it was all too big. Grrrr. Thankfully, I have been to enough tailors in my years that I had a good idea of how to fit the dress. I grabbed a box of pins and went to town on it. I pulled several inches off the top and about an inch off the skirt. By the time I was done with it, things were looking great! The collar and arm facings needed a few alterations, too, but I was really proud of myself for being able to identify the problems early and fix them without hassle.

As for the finished dress? I cannot tell you how much I LOVE this dress!!! LOVE IT! It looks chic and rich and is so very comfortable. I think this might be the most on-trend I've been for a night out in Vegas in years. The dress itself is hot, but paired with patterned black tights, booties and my new fancy hair style, I felt like a million bucks.
I think this is my favorite thing I've made so far. Not only because it turned out so well, but because it opened my eyes to the world of fitted dresses again. I haven't bought a RTW fitted dress in years because to get one that fits my hips, it requires too much expensive tailoring to fit my bust. Just not worth it. Instead, I've stuck to dresses that are fitted up top and full through the hips and thighs. A good style for me, sure, but one that gets old when you've been wearing it for years and years. I love having this whole world of fitted dresses opened up to me. I've been dreaming of tailored work sheaths and fitted cocktail dresses since I finished this little number. Oh, next year's sewing projects are going to be so much fun!

Lastly, I loved that I was able to have a designer dress for a fraction of the cost. This dress pattern is a pretty exact copy of the Cynthia Steffe Lia dress, which retails for $258.

My version - $35, including fabric, pattern and notions. Mmmm hmmmm. Pretty substanstial cost difference, eh? ;) Not to mention that the original would have never fit me off the rack. I just keep liking my version more and more.

27 comments:

tam pham said...

so hot and chic- so NON-nun like :-)! love it! so impressed with your sewing skills.

weezermonkey said...

You did such an amazing job!

kenpen said...

I'm so impressed! You do not look like a nun.

10yearstogether said...

You make me want to learn to sew, for serious. You look amazing!

Nanette said...

Great job, A!!! Stunning!

Pyjammy Pam said...

that is so awesome. i wish i could sew! (or, i wish i had the patience to learn.) my mom used to sew our clothes when my siblings and i were little, i should just get her to teach me. :)

venn said...

Seriously? That dress is so awesome. I learned to sew but never advanced beyond pillow cases. I'm inspired. And you look so so pretty in your new frock.

Andrea said...

Wow!! I now see this dress in a new light. You did an amazing job and it looks beautiful on you.

Karin said...

You did a great job. I love the way it looks on you. I have this in my stash. I am a pear shape. You make me feel inspired!

Aline said...

So. HOT. So proud of you!

Lindsay T said...

Smokin' hot dress! What a great job you did.

Cat said...

Wow that turned out great! You also styled it so well. Hot mama!

selfishseamstress said...

Gorgeous! I have this pattern too and have been trying to figure out what color to go with (I knew we were sewing twins!). Yours is lovely, and the fit is perfect on you. Great work!

The Jenna character on 30 Rock was wearing the red version on last week's Xmas episode. I'm trying to decide whether to do mine in chocolate or navy....

Ann Marie said...

Definitely not nun-like at all!

Kathi said...

Oohh la la -- very pretty!!

Tameka said...

You look like $2 million bucks! I love the dress and how you accessorized it with! Fabulous job!

Insomniac said...

*sigh* I have zero skills. You looked ah-may-zing.

The Lazy Housewife said...

SUPER cute! I'm so jealous of your mad sewing skills!

dapotato said...

really nice job. i'm looking for an aubergine dress for my mom's wedding next week. we'll see if i can find anything as flattering as yours is on you.

A Feminist Gold Digger said...

You look great!

Winnie said...

Wow! The dress looked amazing on you. You did a really good job!

Leslie said...

Great job, Amber! You look stunning in that dress. :)

Baby Mama said...

That dress is hot! I'm seriously so jealous of your skillz. One day I might be there... one day.

Violet said...

You look super hot! And ditto Diane -- you totally make me want to learn to sew!

Sherena said...

This is the second blog I've seen this dress on today, and you look stunning in it!!

I think I might need to add it to list of things to make this year lol.

wan said...

you did a phenomenal job on that dress, and it looks beautiful on you! this is why i need to get into sewing - that kate spade dress i bought is SO simple and i know it's got to be quite doable DIY. maybe i should just hire you to give me lessons ;)

Angela said...

Fantastic dress! I'm in the middle of making this dress and was looking for reviews and stumbled on your blog. Glad I did~! :)