Tuesday, September 23, 2014

Vogue 1407 - DKNY Dress


Thanks to the BMV pattern sales, I have accumulated quite a nice stash of new patterns.

Girls in the Garden  - Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit




 This Sunday, Hubby and I will be flying out for a 3 day business trip and dress code  is suits for the men and dresses for the women.  I needed a new dress for the occasion and went with Vogue 1407 


I found some great ponte during a sale at Fabric Mart Fabrics.  I thought about another solid besides black but that thought was quickly pushed aside.  With online shopping it is so much easier to just get black, you know it will match the other fabric.
Girls in the Garden Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit




This dress is suppose to be  lined and I ordered some lining but I did not order stretch lining.  Remember I need this dress by Sunday, this Sunday the 28th, no time to order lining.  With the limited time, I just went with an unlined dress and I will wear a slip.  That works for me and works for getting this dress completed.
Girls in the Garden  - Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit

I usually don't muslin knit dresses and work with the fitting as I go.


Some important things and changes with this dress:


  1. I made a FBA on the dress and according to my Palmer and Pletsch book with a FBA it lowers the dart so unless you need a 1-1/2" lower dart do not move your dart.  I could of moved the dart down 1/2" but really it isn't too bad.
  2. You assemble this dress in steps, attaching the right front then the left front.  I serged the right side, then basted the side seam and the back seam. This let me try on the dress and yea - no need for a zipper.
    Girls in the Garden  - Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit
  3. The neck binding I made a smaller by about 2-3", this helps pull the knit to the body.  I should of made the binding wider as when you stretch the binding it thins out the width.  This made it difficult to turn and stitch it down.  I find it easier to make the binding wider, and you can trim the extra.  Always nice to have the extra, right?
  4. The pattern has great Center Front lines to match all the plaid.
  5. Also, the pattern instructions have you fold the binding then stitch in place.  I like to fold my binding over the seam allowance, which I serge.  If you want wider binding just widen you seam allowance setting on your serger.
    Girls in the Garden  - Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit
    A nice look with the cardigan, too
  6. I did unsew the side seams and pull the lower overlap piece in.  It just was away from the body too much  I like the fit of it much better.  

Girls in the Garden  - Vogue 1407 DKNY pattern using ponte knit
Not sure what kind of face I am trying to make here!












56 comments:

  1. Very nice! Fits lovely and the fabric is a good choice.

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    1. Thank you Vicki, I just love this dress.

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    3. Indeed lovely! It looks like a logical offshoot of your suggestion that Jalie 2787 crisscross top *ETA: would make a nice dress, but all dressed up, with interesting and flattering colourblocking.

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  2. This is fabulous Lori. It's the best colour for you. Well, any colour would look great on youl

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    1. Oh, Maria, you are so sweet, I do like the color so much and the dress, too!

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  3. Beautiful, Lori! Enjoy your trip!

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  4. This is a fantastic dress and you are going to look amazing at the conference!

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    1. Thank you so much, Carolyn, it will be a whirlwind three days but I am looking forward to it.

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  5. Lovely! What a classy dress. you look fantastic.

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    1. Thank you, Debbie, it is a feel-good dress.

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  6. Tres chic - you'll be one of the best dressed ladies I'm quite sure. Have fun!

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    1. Oh, thank you, Melissa, trying not to look like the country mouse for sure! LOL

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  7. Love this dress, great job!

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  8. Awesome dress, perfect fabric, fit and looks great on you.

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    1. Thank you, Sheila, it feels like the perfect dress.

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  9. This is fantastic! I predict that you're going to be getting questions like "Where did you find such a perfect dress that fits so well?" or "Who's your tailor?" from folks during downtime on your trip.

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    1. Thank you, Kathy, I am anxious to see if I get any comments. Men will outnumber the women at this conference so the comments might be at a minimum.

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  10. This is such a lovely design!

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  11. The color , fit & style look so great on you ! Any hints on buying ponte . I've been reáding so much about it , but also how it pills & fades .

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    1. Thank you, Mary Ellen. My suggestion would not to get a light weight ponte. Most of the time I have had great luck at Mood, Fabric Mart and Girl Charlee.

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  12. Wow! You always do a great job, but this is just so professional. And it looks great on you too!

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    1. Thank you, this is a great pattern and I love the fabric, too.

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  13. You can certainly wear a long sleeve t-shirt or turtle neck with this dress and it would look great with tights and boots for the winter.

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    1. That is a great idea, Joen,.Thanks

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  14. Looks great on you, Lori! Well done and have a great time on the trip. :)

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    1. Thanks, Stacy, it should be a great trip. Lots of very nice people at the conference and a city my hubby has never been to. We have just a few hours for sightseeing.

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  15. Lori, this pattern looks fantastic on you! Well done, and enjoy turning heads at the conference! —Meg

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    1. Oh, thanks, Meg, it is a great pattern. I knew I had to have it the minute it was released.

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  16. I think it's a hoot that there's a "dresses" dress code for women. I love dresses but I have many friends who don't own any.

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    1. Thank you Lisa, well it is dresses or suits and I don't own or want to own a suit, so I shortened it a bit to dress.

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  17. Gorgeous, simply gorgeous!

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    1. Thank you so much, Faye.

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  18. Beautiful, Lori! Such a great dress for so many occasions. You look great!

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    1. Thank you, Ann, it will be well -worn and loved.

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  19. Great looking dress!!! It fits so well and you will look very polished for your business trip!

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    1. Thank you, Linda, I was very pleased with the fit.

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  20. Gorgeous dress! And the fit is perfect! I like the print you used much better than the original.

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    1. Thanks so much, Sara, I am so happy with my plaid fabric.

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  21. What a lovely job you have done ;)

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  22. Wow, you really wear this one well. I have seen a lot of color blocked dresses, but this one is really what I call a standout.

    It also seems that everybody these days has to use an FBA on the patterns, and I am no exception. I usually do a 1.5" fba using palmer pletsch and have never noticed the bust being lowered at the same amount, it is usually only about 1/2 that or about 1/2 inch. You might want to write to Pati Palmer or Marta about that one.

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    1. Thanks for the information, Andrea, I will re-read my book to make sure I have it right. Thanks so much.

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  23. Your dress is beautiful. It fits you beautifully. I love the colors you chose and the matching is perfect.

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    1. Thank you Tomasa, I do love my dress.

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  24. What a lovely dress. The fit is spot on.

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    1. Thank you, this pattern is a winner.

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