$5 Vogue 1250

I am a little embarrassed by how long this dress has taken me to finish. It sat waiting to be hemmed for a very long time. I’ve mentioned it a few times on the blog but most recently I found a post from October 2013 – Yes, TWO THOUSAND AND THIRTEEN! Which is JUST silly.


What colour thread?! I eventually went for the purple.

This fabric was from The Fabric Warehouse $5 Remnant Bin of Endless Inspiration! It was just shy of a meter but quite wide (150cm?) and I decided it must be Vogue 1250.

It’s been so long since I’ve worked with a Big 4 pattern. I have a big collection of them and I keep meaning to sew a few more from that pile but ohh look, a new sparkly indie pattern…lately everything from that corner been a bit too simple and…dare I say it? Yes, ok, boring! I suppose that’s good for my wallet and now have an excuse to dig through my pattern stash instead 😉

I really love patterns that use clever shapes to transform flat fabric so I’ve always thought this pattern was really interesting. It’s only 2 pieces, 3 if you count the tiny neck facing.

The main pattern piece is basically an inverted T. The bottom “wings” of the T wrap around to make the back of the skirt with a CB seam below a curving horizontal waist seam.

 I’ve included images of the pieces below:

#1 Front/back – The long right hand edge is cut on the fold and the lower piece extends to the left to create the back of the skirt. The most left hand edge is the skirt CB and above that you can see the curved back waist seam.

#2 Neck Facing – The front cowl neck is left unfinished.

#3 Upper Back – Cut on the fold (left straight edge).

It took me quite a bit of time to work out how to cut it out while pattern matching the striped colours. I wanted to place the front piece in such a way that I could also place the back piece and keep the same colours lining up across the side seams. I was close to giving up when I cracked it.

The yardage calls for 1.2m and the trick that helped me squeeze the pieces out of this length of fabric was adding a CB seam to the back bodice. You can hardly see this, the fabric print hides it perfectly.

It’s currently a little bit tight and far too slinky for work-wear. I feel a bit self conscious but hubby likes it (of course he likes it!) so I’ll drop some extra date night hints.

That’s about all I have to say about this particular dress. It was an easy make and actually quite fast to whip up (if you don’t put it down for 2 years waiting to hem). The instructions are completely illustrated, the front cowl inside edge is left raw but the back neck edge is nicely finished.

Pointing out the vertical seams to the photographer…I think 😉

I love supporting Indie pattern brands and I know the “Big 4” often get a bit of flack online. This is mostly due to confusion about ease. Some brands add more than others and often different amounts to different garment types. We all also have our own preferences for how much ease we like and this also differs between styles so it’s no wonder we often blame the pattern when a garment ends up too big (or too small). My trick to avoid all the crazy inconsistent ease is to ignore the size chart completely and check the finished measurements instead. I do this even with indie patterns. If there aren’t any finished measurements you can flat measure the pieces and work it out. Once you know the finished measurements compare them with your own and pick your size based on how much ease you want.


Pattern – Vogue 1250, size 14.

Added a seam in the back of the bodice to fit on the fabric.

Fabrics – $5 mystery knit from The Fabric Warehouse $5 Remnant Bin of Endless Inspiration! 

I wasn’t the only person getting new dress photos…

Work it Kat!


14 thoughts on “$5 Vogue 1250

  1. Ahah, thanks so much for this review of V1250. I do believe I have that in my bin of everlasting patterns and so happy to have stumbled upon your blog. I do like your fabric and find myself popping into the Fabric Warehouse more often than I care to admit, I mean its close to the airport and it would seem a shame not to eh?!

  2. You look fab and I love the fabric …. I’m rather intrigued by the pattern pieces too, thank you for showing them. Oh and I’ve plenty of abandoned projects with a couple of years wait in them, as it were. Good things take time right?

  3. Absolutely lovely! Would have never guessed this was a $5 dress, haha! I don’t know how you ever chose a thread color for this one, because they all looked like they’d work perfectly–not often that happens, huh? I must keep my eyes open for a used copy of this pattern…

  4. Great style, and thanks for showing the pattern pieces. I hadn’t realized quite how this dress went together but that shows it all. Well done for scoring such a mouthwatering remnant and fitting the dress onto it.

  5. That must have been quite a mission to work out how to pattern-match that fabric to that pattern. It looks great!
    I measure the flat patterns too. Up, down, across, inside out, whatever! When using stretchy fabric, I’ve also learnt to work out the ease, or negative ease, by just trying the fabric around my body. But I learnt with the Big 4 coz that was pretty much all there was back then.

  6. What a lovely dress! The pattern pieces look very interesting. I also check the finished garment measurements and choose the size based on them – wish Burda included those measurements! It can be a pain to measure the pieces :/

  7. Great dress and great comments about pattern fitting! I am often amused at the hate directed at the Big 4 since it is often coupled with total adoration of indie patterns. Then you read the posts about indie pattern makes and you run across sentences like — “Great fit!” Followed by “I had to take in 1.5 inches on each side seam.” or “Wonderful drafting!” Followed by “The back neck gaped quite a bit.” The difference is sewists seem to blame themselves for bad results on an indie pattern whereas they blame the pattern for all ills encountered sewing a Big 4 pattern.

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