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Sausage Dress

 See what I mean?

On the morning of the Brisbane meet up I decided I wanted to make a dress. I pulled out Vogue 1250, the Donna Karan knit dress that everybody but me had made. I pulled out some knit fabric I bought at Spotlight a couple of years ago and cut it out. I read a review that morning that said the shorter, squared off cowl kept popping out so I took the Kwik Sew cowl pattern that was conveniently still on the couch and cut a more traditional shaped and longer cowl. I think this was squared off because
the cowl is quite deep and making this change put a lot of fabric in the middle there but it does sit well (at least for the 5 minutes I wore it for the photos). Oh and that is the dirty mirror not stains on the dress.

I love the fabric although when I was sewing up the back skirt it was obvious that it wasn't printed on grain - I could have matched it up but it would have made the skirt about 2cm short and I didn't think I could sacrifice the length.  As many review have noted, this is a simple and really well drafted pattern and although I don't like how the extended shoulders look good on the envelope, I think it feels really good on. I made the 8 at the top, 12 at the bust and 14 from the bust down. Obviously I won't be wearing this out until I loose 10 kg! I do love it though so there is incentive. It was quite cheap fabric but feels lovely on and sewed up really well. I just used a zig zag stitch on the sewing machine (too lazy to change the black thread in the overlocker!) and left the hem unfinished.

I should have taken a photo on the hanger as it looks really good. Maybe it'll show up in a few months looking more Vogue 1250 and less sausage! 


  1. The print is so cool, and looks perfect for the style of the dress, how annoying that the stretch factor messed up the ease.

  2. Alternatively if you don't feel like losing weight you could make it into a top, because the top half looks a lot less sausagy (new word of the day) than the bottom half, especially if you wear a cardi with it. Good luck :-)

    1. Thanks I have a wrap cardi I made (wearable muslin) from Ottobre and it looks great on the hanger. Maybe it could be my incentive... menopause is not your weight friend!

  3. I made a V1250 as well for the day but ended up making the stylearc dress as I had just enough time. We could have had a few of us there in that pattern! :D Your fabric is lovely and the dress is worth hanging on to until you feel more comfortable in it.

    1. Thanks Sue. I did see a few V1250 on Sunday. I will keep it and get on the treadmill! Which StyleArc pattern did you make?


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