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Monday, February 6, 2012

Vogue 1283 Tom and Linda Platt Red Dress

See my shrubs in the background?  I woke up to a Winter Wonderland today, and decided that I had to get a picture outside.  Everything was covered with the most gorgeous frost! is having a Red Dress contest for the first two weeks of February.  When I saw this brand new Vogue pattern this weekend, I knew just what I wanted to make.  This is from Vogue 1283 which is a Tom and Linda Platt design.

I  really liked the wave ruching in the front, and the fact that it had long sleeves- a rarity for dress patterns these days.  I didn't like that there were no finished garment measurements on the pattern anywhere!  I rely on the finished garments to decide what size to make, and if I need to tweak it any.  And you couldn't even really guess on your own, because the pattern pieces are really skewed with the ruching. So, I cut it out a size bigger than I thought I'd need, and I added 3 inches to the length.  Turns out I'm glad I did.  This is a CLOSE FITTING and SHORT design.
Of course your fabric choice will make a huge difference in how it fits. I can tell that my fabric was too thin.  I used a lightweight rayon jersey that I got from for $1.99/yd.  The dress has a self lining, so I didn't want anything too heavy or thick. But it definitely needs something a little more substantial to show off the ruching- probably an ITY knit would be good.

And even with the 3 inches in length added, this is way above my knee!  (I'm 5"9" for reference.) 

Close-up of the wave. (I'm not really that busty- just a weird angle!)
Was the "wave" hard?  No, not at all.  This is where I have to give Vogue a standing ovation.  Their markings were spot on, and as long as you mark the fabric, you'll have no trouble figuring out where things go.

Wow is that a BRIGHT red outside!  It doesn't seem so bright inside.  I'd love to wear it with a black cardigan to make it more wearable for work, but then it would hide the pretty wave design.

Anyway- I DO recommend this pattern.  Just use a heavier fabric than I used, and make sure to check the length before you cut if you are tall like me!



  1. Nothing beats a beautiful red dress! You look lovely!

  2. I agree with Vanessa, red is a fabulous colour and it suits you so well. What a wonderful design.

  3. You look gorgeous - great job!

  4. Red looks great on you! Love it.

  5. Stunning dress , you look beautiful.

  6. Hi! That is one gorgeous dress...and looks fabulous on you!

  7. Looking great, and really inspiring for me as I want to try that design as well ;)

  8. You look fabulous in this dress. Red is definitely your color.

  9. You look gorgeous in this dress! The first photo with the frosty bushes is fantastic!

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  11. That is so sexy. I saw it on Pella's site and started Googling for other makes and this is just awesome. Love that colour on you.


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