Thursday, August 18, 2016

Vogue 1297 - a Sandra Betzina design

Here is a Sandra Betzina dress - Vogue 1297 - View B.  It's made from a funky print I've had in the stash for a few years.

I wanted to make View A with the gathered sides but just didn't have enough fabric so I made view B instead.  This actually turned out to be a good thing.  When I started constructing the front and backs (without the side flaps added yet), but bust darts were in the right place.  However, when I added the side flaps, the weight of the fabric pulled the darts down about 1.5 inches so they are now pointing to the wrong place.  However, the fabric has such a busy print, that I really don't think anyone will notice.

The flappy things (for lack of a better description) on the sides are quite large.  

But, they do have pockets in them, which is always a bonus!

The back looks ok.  This dress is not really that spectacular, but it will make a nice and comfortable addition to the wardrobe.  I did not care for the construction method of the neckline and armholes.  First - you iron on staytape in the middle of the seamline around all three areas. Next, you trim the seam allowance by 3/8" and then sew on the neckbands and armbands at a 1/4" seam allowance.  I did this for the neckline, but somehow either threw away or lost the pieces for the armholes and ended up just using bias tape instead.  I think it would be better to first, trim the pattern pieces by 3/8" in the neckline and armholes, then apply the staytape at the seamline - that way it's 3 less things you have to trim manually because they are already cut to the correct size.

Just a short post today.  Hope everyone is having a good August!

Stashbustin' totals:
Yardage for this dress = 3 yards
YTD Total = 68.125

Happy sewing everyone!


  1. Looks nice and cool for hot days. And I am loving the jazzy fabric!

  2. What a beautiful dress! I really love it:)))

  3. It's a good stashbuster with those flappy things! For a hot weather dress, it works. I'm not a fan of S.B's instructions either.