Thursday, June 20, 2013

DIY Color-Blocked Dress + Pattern Review V1329

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Hi Darlings!

When this pattern came out I knew I wanted to make it especially since I am a Kay Unger fan but I just could not manage to get to it so when Michael Levine's showed me this amazing fabric I knew EXACTLY how I would use it.

The fabric is a double faced wool/knit blend meaning one side is this amazing PINK and the back is a bold RED which makes this gorgeous fabric so cool to use because I got a color-blocked dress from only one single fabric!!

Dress DIY / Necklace F21 / Bangles J. Crew / Watch MK / Shoes Steve Madden (old) 
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Pattern Description: V1329 Close-fitting, lined dress (fitted through hips) has yokes, right front with pleats, back princess seams, and invisible zipper.


Fabric Used: Wool/Knit Blend Double Faced (Pink/Red) Item Number: ML#243635 available HERE Use MIMIJUNE10 at check out for 10% off your purchase. *note: the fabric comes in 2.5 Yard pieces and should be on the site shortly, it was just added today so check again this afternoon*

Pattern Sizing: I cut the 8 but had to grade down about 1" on both sides.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done? Yes 

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes actually for a Vogue "Designer" pattern is was pretty straight forward. Not too many pieces and once the front and back are constructed it is easy to make fitting adjustments to the side seams (if not much is needed) without having to fuss to much. Also if you have never made a dress with a full lining this one is not that difficult to do.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the style and classic sheath feel and I love anything color-blocked so being able to make this dress from only one fabric was just icing on the cake.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Just took it in about 2" total on the waist to hip but other then that it was a good fit. I wish I would have checked the length because I prefer this style dress to come to mid knee or below but it works ;-)

Would you sew it again? No, I don't think I need another one of these but I do recommend it.

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Inside: Full lining with a slinky knit in pink and red

56 comments:

  1. Too cute. Couldn't find fabric with link though. Typed in the mr# and the site couldn't find it.

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    1. It will be up soon, I called her today and told her to add it to the site so it will be a bit before it comes up ;-)

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  2. Nice Job Mimi!!!! Keep up the GREAT work and keep motivating!!!

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  3. I love this dress. I agree a little longer would be perfect.

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  4. I CANT SEE ANY PICTURES

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    1. Dont know why, everyone else can ;-(

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  5. Mimi, you make red and pink look sensational!

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  6. beautiful workmanship as always - i LOVE that you finish and line your garments. THAT is a mark of true quality. It's clear that you are a perfectionist. This is such a lovely simple shift, but the gathering at the waist just gives is an extra "umph" to really set it off. the nude shoe choice is perfect with this bright dress (though I know many who would have keep the color popping there too) Picture Perfect! great accessories too. Curious about your comment on FB that you "had" to watermark your photos now. Too many reposts? I think it's a good practice for you not so much that someone will take credit for the image, but that you can advertise the source and guide folks to your blog. I've been following you for quite some time now, (I don't sew a LICK) and I admire your talent and work ethic and marvel that you can do it all with a family the size that you have. (First time I saw you I was like "oh my goodness, she looks like kinfolk! freckles and all!) Congratulations on your big event next month! I've gone on WAY too long! Congratulations on all your success - well deserved, you have worked for it.

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    1. Thank you so much! I avoided watermarking for a long time cuz it looks awful on images but the sharing is out of control and not every one follows the guidelines ;-)

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  7. Beautiful Mimi! I notice you sew a lot with knits, what do you recommend to someone who is 'afraid' of knits??? I know how to sew....have even made a professional ballet tutu for my daughter....can't seem to get a grip on knits....=(

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  8. Marquette ParkerJune 20, 2013 at 3:39 PM

    Mimi!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! You are such a ball of inspiration my dear.. I love this dress.. I love your class and style and I can't wait to hang with you next month. Xoxo

    P.S can we get a tutorial on this? I cant read patterns to save my LIFE! I only started sewing after I came across your blog Jan. 15 of this year. Newbie request.

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  9. this is beautiful. Vogue should have had the model wear the dress in a lighter color so that you can see the details. I would not have thought to buy this pattern.

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  10. Fabulous. How lucky it was able to be sewn from only one piece of fabric. Great.

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  11. Absolutely Beautiful! Do you have any tut's on adding a full lining to a dress?
    Michelle

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  12. want one of these!!! great craftsmanship- great fit, style, great cloth!!

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  13. Fabulous! I love this colorway!

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  14. Mimi, I've had this pattern since it came out. My only issue is deciding where to do the FBA. Should I put the side front and front pattern pieces together and then make the adjustment? What's your expert advice on this one?!!!!

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  15. Love it! Beautiful as usual. #OAN I really want to make a simple jacket. Can you find a pattern (Plus sized) And add it to your Beginner sewing series. I would appreciate it greatly. :)

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  16. love it! Here is the link...http://www.lowpricefabric.com/p-8353-double-knit-ml243635-pink-red.aspx

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  17. Absolutely fabulous...coming all the way from the UK. You have truly been an inspiration for me especially after not sewing for over15 years or so. keep up the good work. Gods blessing to continuously follow you and your family.

    Dx

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  18. Absolutely fabulous...coming all the way from the UK. You have truly been an inspiration for me especially after not sewing for over15 years or so. keep up the good work. Gods blessing to continuously follow you and your family.

    Dx

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  19. Wonderful work, and these colors looks FAB on you! I am a newbie to your site and I just love it. Going to to try the new and improved pencil skirt instructions. Thanks for making sewing understandable.
    Hugs, Heide

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  20. WERK Mimi!!! The pattern comes in a plus size!!

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  21. Lovely!

    http://simplysassysstyle.blogspot.com/

    Dawn

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  22. You look incredibly chic! Looks like I've got another purchase to blame on you :-)

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  23. LOVE!!!!!! The fabric is amazing. I have a question for you......is there anyway to truly do a blindstitch by machine and to have it look like a professionally done blindstitch. Thank you and EXCELLENT JOB on the dress and fabric choice.

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  24. Love the pink and red color combo, one of my favorites. Looks so fab and I love how the fabric itself was double faced- sometimes it's tricky to get the color blocked look because different fabrics can be different weights and a pain to blend and sew together. This looks perfect

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  25. That style is so flattering. I bought the pattern online last night. Thanks for sharing it with us. I would have never thought to make it and I would have missed the sale on Vogue patterns.

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  26. Mimi, thank you for sharing your knowledge, fashion and style with us!!! You are a blessing to all of us!!!

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  27. Mimi, thank you for sharing your knowledge, fashion and style with us!!! You are a blessing to all of us!!! Again, thank you!!!

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  28. Gorgeous dress, it looks great on you! Question, how do you pre-treat/treat your fabric since it contains wool. Do you only dry clean which is the suggested method normally for wool? I've avoided buying wool fabrics because I hate going to the drycleaners.

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    http://www.groupon.com/deals/yes-to-carrots-com-washington-dc

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  30. Step 1. Buy a sewing machine. Step 2. Morph into Mimi G. cause I can't sew to save my life! Step 3. Make gorgeous garments as Mimi G! LOL!

    LOVE everything you post!

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  31. Hey where do you get your tags from? I've been searching for a good site to get mine made.

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  32. Your work is so inspiring.....the dress is really pretty. The inside of the dress is fab too.

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  33. I just recently found your work do you sell your clothes!

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  34. I'm impressed how great the dress looks on somebody with a normal body and some curves....I think it looks awful on the model on the pattern.

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  35. I am so in love with this dress MIMI love love love your style can not wait to see what you will do next......

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Thank you for taking time to comment ;-)

xoxo
mimi g.