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Sunday, May 8, 2016

Sandra Betzina, girl you rock! V1496



Vogue 1496

 Can I just say: Come through Sandra, come through! LOL. I absolutely and positively love this dress. It's comfortable, especially seeing that I raised my "V-neck". Hey! I have three little people, and one toddler who loves to grab at mommy's clothes,lol! I ended up wearing this for brunch for Mother's day- minus the shoes, though! LOL! I love me a heel, but I live for comfort :)...

   I was immediately drawn to this pattern when it was released. I just had to wait for inspiration for fabric, ya know?! I used a fabric that I purchased from "Gorgeous Fabrics" quite some time ago. I believe it's a neoprene fabric.

  If someone has this fabric and could verify this, this would be awesome! I know it's a stretch fabric, though. I was a little worried about using "neoprene", as this was my first go with this fabric type. The worries were unwarranted- seeing as the fabric behaved quite well; Thank goodness!

Clean finished facing. I got this tip from a Sandra Betzina video.
I love this method for interfaced facings. It gives the facing such a neat and
tidy appearance.

 Let's talk about sizing. I was all set for the size, based on the back of the envelope, but this pattern has a ton of ease. Like a ton!  I believe I went with a size D, and this gave me plenty of ease, but without it being too big  Sandra's patterns are sized using letters- versus numbers.I was new to all of this, just like a fish out water. LOL!  Y'all, I had to adjust! I kept looking for numbers, ya know?! But there were none :).

  However, when I sewed it up, and tried on the garment. The fit was just right. I'm afraid if I had used "my size" range for the bust, which would have put me in the size E.

 Then the dress would have not fit great; it would have been much too big, based on the finished measurements.  Although the dress is meant to have a lot of ease, I didn't want it to be an over abundance of ease. I  mean, a dress designed such as this can get really unflattering fast, especially if it looks frumpy.  However, all of the ones that I've seen thus far of this pattern, have be FABULOUS!

A pic of the alterations to the pattern. I raised the V-neck 3 or 4".
I may have over done, idk. I just wanted to be sure that it
was little people proof :).. I also made sure that after I altered the
front to alter the front and back neck facing, and that it met at the center front.
I also had to raise the dot (you can kind of see where I had to readjust the dot to
get it level,lol).

  Like, if you're wanting a body con- then this certainly wouldn't be your thing. I love it! I know, I know. I've been saying a lot, but it's true. This pattern is all that! I wouldn't be surprised if I saw this vote best pattern over on PR this year.



 I initially started out with the longer length, but after trying it on, it felt a little frumpy. I mean this is a loose fitting dress, so I needed a little oomph, ya know?! So, to compromise, I chopped off about 2" of the bottom of the dress, and we were back in business again. It still allowed me to show a little leg, and to wear a heel without the dress becoming much too short for me.

A close-up shot of the armholes before sewing the side seams. You
sew the back yoke to the dots on either side and stop sewing at the dots. These make the
armholes. I do want to note: Please do your hem here, as the pattern instructs. It really does make
life simple. Of course, I did it the hard way, as I was so pressed to try the dress on. I must work on patience,lol!


   I also thought about leaving off the pockets. The horror I know,lol! I'm so glad that I didn't, because the pockets are such a cool detail in this dress. The pockets are essentially sewn on top of the inside of the dress and concealed, and topstitched on the outside.

I totally forgot to make sure the print was even on the side. It's a little off,
but not enough to cause me to lose sleep :)....



  What else?! Okay, so besides altering the V-neck to raise the neckline, and clean finishing the facing. I also cut my back pattern piece on the fold to not disturb the print in the fabric. I think Sandra mentions this in the instructions, but don't quote me,HA! I'm feeling much too lazy to dig out my pattern instructions in my sewing room..Y'all, that would never get old. I promise pictures, soon, though!

I cut the back pattern piece on the fold, so I wouldn't disturb the
print in the back.


I would certainly recommend this pattern, and I'm glad to have this one in my wardrobe for sure. I know this will get plenty of wear. Now, to find another suitable fabric, and I'll be all over this one again :). I do have a question: Is neoprene, the same as scuba fabric? Let me know y'all!

  I know that there are so many great patterns and prints  that I've been seeing lately. This neoprene, is lightweight and definitely comfortable, so hopefully I can another fabric type like this one again. I hope everyone had a great Mother's day weekend!


                               
                    ~Be blessed and nothin' less and continue to stay fearlessly fierce!





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32 comments:

  1. So glad to see this review from you as I have this pattern but wasn't sure what it would look like on a woman with curves :-) looks fab on you! Great job.

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    1. Thanks sewmaju! It is truly a great pattern. I hope you make this one up. I know it will look fabulous on you!

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  2. You look fabu. Yes, neoprene and scuba are one.

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    1. Thanks Iris! Thanks for tip on the fabric, I must get my hands on some more.

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  3. WOW Candice you look WONDERFUL!!! Loving your color combo and ALL ... FIESTA :)

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    1. Thanks MAD14kt! I felt bright and cheery on Mother's day,lol!

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  4. WERK! Love, love, love. You are rocking this dress!!! Hope you had a great Mother's Day! I should have gone with my gut and got this pattern. I may still...

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    1. Thanks Terri! I hope you make this one up. I love your style and know that you will rock it!

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  5. Looks fabulous!
    Lee

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  6. AWESOME!!! and i think neo & scuba are the same thing ;)

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  7. I love this! I always wonder about Sandra Betzina patterns. This one works well on you!

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    1. Thanks Vanessa! I was curious about Sandra Bettina's patterns too. I'm so glad to have finally sewn one up.

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  8. Love the print. Prettyyyy!

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  9. You are definitely totally rocking that dress. And those shoes? OMG ... to die for! Although I think my days of heels that tall are probably done, I do love the look.

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    1. Awww.. shucks, thanks Debbie! Yeah, I totally didn't last an hour in these heels,lol!

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  10. Love your version! Yes, I agree. I think this will be the dress of summer! Your fabric choice is perfect!

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    1. Thanks Erica. I know I will definitely get this one again before summer is over.

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  11. Fabulous! Thanks for the great review. Super tempted now! Love her patterns.

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    1. Thanks Janet! You should totally give this pattern a whirl! This is a great pattern.

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  12. This is really beautiful. Your fabric is gorgeous and such a great fit for the pattern.

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  13. Oh my gosh Candice! I saw this on PR and had to come here to take a look. I never would have picked this pattern. You look aaaaah-maaaazing!

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    1. Thanks so much L! I really loved making this one!

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  14. Candice, this is the BEST version of this dress I've seen! I think your fabric and fit are so much better than the pattern photo! I LOVE IT!!!

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    1. Thanks so much, Sue! This truly is a great pattern. I can't wait to sew this one up again.

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  15. Your dress is amazing. (as are those shoes). I have a couple of Sandra Bettina patterns but the difference in naming size puts me off. I'll have to focus I think. In answer to is neoprene and scuba the same, they actually aren't and this is a great post about it. http://www.neucarol.com/blog/roll/is-it-neoprene-or-scuba-knit-should-i-care/ Hope that helps.

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    1. Thanks Summer Flies. I know, I had to get adjusted to the sizing myself,lol. Thanks for the link on neoprene.

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