Monday, August 20, 2012

DIY Figure Flattering Florals + Tracy Reese Pattern Review V1314


Happy Monday Darlings! A few weeks back in this post I shared my plan for the floral fabric I ordered from Gorgeous Fabrics  to make my Tracy Reese V1314 dress so this weekend I took saturday to myself and got some sewing done. I made this dress, a pair of pants and a top which I will wear this week. Toay however I am feeling really lovely in my floral dress; here is my review of Vogue Pattern 1314 a Tracy Reese Design.

Vogue 1314 Tracy Reese

More pics below

Pattern Description: V1314 Misses Dress

Pattern Sizing: I cut the 6 but altered the pattern by grading down a good 3" on the side seams.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? This pattern is REALLY easy to make, it's just 2 seams and sleeves. The gathering is about as complicated as this gets if you are newbie but it is easy to follow.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked that the gathering was on both sides and in the front and back of the dress. I will say that for this being a designer pattern (Tracy Reese) it is really easy to make and a beginner seamstress could make it. I find that is is similar to the OOP V1020 that reviewed here and has been made by many ;-) the only difference really is the gathering on both sides.

Fabric Used: Jersey Knit with a 4 way stretch from Gorgeous Fabrics

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had to take out several inches because even though I made the smallest size when I took the flat pattern measurement I knew it was going to be big. I ended up taking 3" off the pattern before cutting into the fabric.

Would you sew it again? YES, this is oneof those patterns that you can make several times to build your wardbrobe, it can be made sleeveless, shorter and can be work with a coat, blazer, shawl, boots, heels etc.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes. If you are a newbie and want to give this a go I would say if you can handle my maxi skirt or dress you can do this for sure. If you are a seasoned seamstress you can sew this with your eyes closed, lol

Conclusion: I knew the minute I say that fabric that I woud be making this dress and I love it!


The Look

 DIY Dress / Lindsay Platforms HERE / Michael Kors Watch & Ring / Coach Bracelet & Ring








xoxo
mimi g.

88 comments:

  1. Hi Mimi,

    I'm in love with this dress..lol..can you make this for me please?!!!!

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    1. LOL, sorry doll. Get to sewing!

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    2. Okay :-)! I'm signing up for a sewing class.

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  2. I also see how you follow one of your style rules. Put on less jewelry to make the focus on the dress. Love!!!

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    1. Thats right, look at you paying attention and stuff, LOL

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    2. Lol...you know it!!

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  3. Love it!!! I noticed the pattern called for a lining...did you sew a lining?

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    1. I did not line this one but only because I didn't buy lining fabric and didn't feel like driving to go get some, LOL

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  4. Hello Mimi,
    I love the dress. Very cute! I can't wait to try this pattern. I always appreciate you sharing your great finds & projects.

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  5. Gosh! You're so good! So inspiring!

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  6. OMG Mimi. That pattern is insane. You look fabulous. Any chance of a tutorial.....;)

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  7. OMG Mimi. That pattern is insane. You look fabulous. Any chance of a tutorial.....;)

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  8. Yes, I agree its very figure flattering, and the colors of that floral will take you from summer into fall. Beautiful!

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  9. There is only one word to explain your skills & talent*****PERFECTION******
    Mimi you are really an inspiration to me and I mean that!!!! Great Job

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  10. this is awesome. so im pregnant and have been looking for a pattern like this that i can add some yardage to the front to make a maternity version. I think this would make an awesome and figure flattering maternity dress.

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    1. This would be perfect for a growing belly ;-)

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    2. thanks mimi, i am going to the garment district this saturday and fabric for this maternity dress is top priority.

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  11. Just asking.....:-))))...Would it trouble you if I ordered this same extact fabric...Fingers crossed xxxxx??? I would like to trrryyy and make this dress. I love the style and choice of fabric.

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    1. I would not mind one single bit if you bought the same fabric and made the same exact dress ;-) that is why I link everything. Have fun and make sure to share when you are done! xoxo

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  12. That looks so amazingly good on you.... I'm officially a hater!

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  13. That dress looks great on you, and I simply adore those shoes.

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  14. You have a killer body, and you look like a million dollars in that dress! Love those shoes!

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  15. Super cute!! I wish i could sew. My mother was a seamstress but i didnt get the gift from her :(

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  16. I usually lurk, but wanted to pop in to say thanks for the review! I have some fabric and am waiting for the pattern to arrive. Yours looks amazing! I love the fabric you used, too and wish those colors would work for me. Anyway, thanks!

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  17. LOVE IT!!! I now want to try to sew this dress! If I do I'll let you know how it goes.

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  18. Gorge.. Wasn'tgoing to the gym tonight, thanks for the reminder, if I want to make this dress, I want it to look Good .. Like yours!

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  19. This is gorgeous. It makes me want to learn to sew.

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  20. Mimi, Mimi, Mimi...(jumping up n down like an excited toddler)...giiiirrrllll...I made the denim maxi skirt. Copped two pair of jeans at my fav thrift store for $1 each...sat down Sunday, cut it out and sewed it. Now...mine isn't as perfect as yours...I am no seamstress, but I do love the IDEA of sewing and I can make a straight stitch. Anywho...please check it out. I even shout out to you and include a link to your tutorial. Thanks girl. Oh...this is your number one fan LaSonja minus her little First cousin LaRenda today!!! But she's begging for me to make her one...bahahahahaha

    http://www.chictopia.com/photo/show/719715-Sister+Chictopian+Mimi+Gs+DIY+SkirtI+DID+IT-mimi-g-style-diy-skirt-choco-t-shirt-shirt-shirt-just-fab-heels

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    1. Hi sweetheart!! I shared your fabulous skirt on my FB ;-) you did great!!

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  21. Mimi, I absolutely love this dress! Your review is very helpful too. I think the dress would be figure flattering even with my not-so-flat belly. Lol. I think I just might give it a try.

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  22. Mimi, I absolutely love the dress!!! I think the pattern would be figure flattering even with my not-so-flat belly. Your review was very helpful too. I think I might give it a try :)

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  23. Mimi, I absolutely love this dress! Your review is very helpful too. I think the dress would be figure flattering even with my not-so-flat belly. Lol. I think I just might give it a try.

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  24. Just darling!!! Love the print and the dress. I could make this like at least 10 times with some sleeve and hem alterations, as you mentioned. You body looks sooo good in the dress. Thanks Mimi, for another inspiring project!

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    1. This will be in rotation for sure ;-)

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  25. I'm a firm believer in a simple style with a pop. This pattern with your choice of fabric print firs just that...luvin it!

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  26. What is amazing about you is that you've taken a fabric many (including me) would have walked away or ran from and made it into something absolutely drool worthy. Bravo my dear.

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  27. Great dress Mimi, your figure looks amazing!

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  28. Hi Mimi, I usually just lurk your blog as well but I have to say that I have been following you ever since I first discovered your blog. I enjoy everything about it. My reason for commenting today is to ask you about how your store your clothing. Do you donate it regularly because you would have to have such a huge amount of it, if you keep it all. I ask this question because I have limited space and like you I love to shop and am now making some clothing. I have things in my closet that I have not wore for a long time but you know how it is....you never know when you will need that little dress or top. I have difficulty parting with my clothes and was wondering what your rule is for keeping, storing or passing it on.
    gg

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    1. Hi doll, I hope I answered your question in the video.

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  29. Work! Love the fabric and the style, fits so perfectly.

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  30. So gorgeous. Loving the pattern and the cut of this dress.
    You really make me wish I had learned how to sew.

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  31. This is BEAUTIFUL! I have to admit I was skeptical when I first saw the fabric, but this turned out to be a lovely, classy looking dress. Of course it fits you perfectly. I can't wait to see what your pants and top!.

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    1. LOL, Im sure many were like "what is mimi thinking" LOL

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  32. As stated above you are very inspiring...I wish I was more creative...I guess I must practice.

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  33. As stated above you are very inspiring..I wish I was more creative..I guess with practice I will get there...I hope..

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  34. Cute dress! I saw a similar pattern in McCalls which I plan on attempting next weekend (thanks to your awesome post). Wish me luck!

    CMC

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    1. Cant wait to see it, good luck!

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    2. Girl! I am nowhere near as good as you are. I just picked up sewing again (with my daughter) last month after being on hiatus for 10+ years. If comes out good, I'll send you a pic!

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  35. LOVE IT MISS MIMI! I just bought that pattern myself...gearing up the body "smoothers". That dress is made for you. :)

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  36. This dress is amazing. I remember my Grandmother buying me a sewing machine when I was younger. I tried my best to pick up on sewing and I never got the hang of it. You are super talented. So wish that I had your skills.

    -Shakiyla

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  37. This dress is amazing. I remember my Grandmother buying me a sewing machine when I was younger. I tried my best to pick up on sewing and I never got the hang of it. You are super talented. So wish that I had your skills.

    -Shakiyla

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  38. Hi MiMi!!!! ^__^

    I just found your blog today and have been stalking your page religiously when I should probably be doing my paper. I've never sewn a day in my life and I'm trying to understand the concept of how you created this dress. I followed the link to the Tracy Reese site and although it said "Easy", I didn't understand a thing. lol

    How do you determine which fabric to buy for the dress? I noticed it listed "FABRICS: For Moderate Stretch Knits: Lt.wt. Jersey, Matte Jersey, Sheer Knits" -- so if I go into a fabric store, I would look for fabrics with those names? The print you chose was beautiful, I'm just not sure that when I start, I'll know what will work for what I'm doing if I find a print I like [as much as yours].

    Also, with this Tracy Reese thing, does it simply provide measurements and the rest is up to you? lol

    Just a grasshopper trying to understand it all! Thanks!

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  39. Did you line the dress? By the way it looks fabulous on you!

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  40. I'm a new follower and I'm just catching up and I'm completely obsessed with your style. I don't sew, I never thought to do so, but now I want to try cause you make it seem so do-able. I want to wear everything you put together.

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  41. HI MIMI I JUST LOVE YOUR STYLE I WAS WANTED TO KNOW EXACTLY TYPE OF MATERIAL YOU HAVE ON I WANT THAT TYPE OF STRETCHY MATERIAL BUT IN A SOLID COLOR RED I WENT TO GORGEOUS FABRICS BUT I AM NOT SURE EXACTLY WHAT TYPE OF STRECTCH MATEIAL THAT IS CAN YOU PLEASE TELL ME WHERE TO FIND A NICE RED STRETCH MATERAIL.

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  42. I'm heading to the fabric store TONIGHT, this is super cute and has me just itching to get back on my sewing machine, thanks Mimi!!

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  43. Mimi I just want to say that you look so pretty, I really want to learn how to sew my own clothes.

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Thank you for taking time to comment ;-)

xoxo
mimi g.