Friday 9 September 2016

Vogue 1314, Tropical Edition;)

"The man said,
            “This is now bone of my bones,
            And flesh of my flesh;
            She shall be called Woman,
            Because she was taken out of Man.”
For this reason a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to his wife; and they shall become one flesh."

Genesis 2:23-24


With the stunning bride, April:)

     Hello friends!:) Here is my latest version of Vogue 1314. I made a strapless version with a matching shrug (also a modified jacket pattern). I kinda made it up as I went but I'll show what I did so perhaps it may help someone in the future:)


      This McCalls was my fourth attempt at a shrug, lol. I tried a Burda pattern, a Simplicity pattern and a DIY from Pinterest but none of those were what I was looking for. I used view A here and modified it the best I could. Actually the Burda pattern probably would've worked if my fabric has sufficient 4 way stretch but it didn't. Good thing I started this project early, lol!

    I cut straight across about an inch above the bottom of the armhole when I cut out my lining and fashion fabric. After constructing the main dress and lining, I basted them at the top, wrong sides together, then applied 1" elastic on the inside (I only had button hole elastic, lol)  by zigzagging on the edge (like how its applied to swimwear).


    I also sewed a second row of stitching close to the bottom of the elastic.


  I then turned the elastic under twice and sewed in the ditch of the side seams.

    I added swimwear cups to the lining so I didn't have to worry about a bra!:)

    I tacked the turned elastic to the lining at the centre front and centre back, to keep it from flipping out.

      I applied clear silicone calking (yes, calking!:) directly onto the inside of the dress. I applied a small area at a time, letting it dry in between. The calking I used was flexible (maybe most is, not sure!), so it stretched with my dress, helping it stay up.


 In hindsight, I should have cut a shorter length of elastic. I was afraid of creating an unsightly back bulge so didn't cut it short enough!:p I did have a roll-on adhesive called "fashion aid" which I ended up using. I wore a strapless RTW dress for my sisters wedding that had silicone tape. I tried googling tutorials for help but nothing came up, except a tip from a Threads Magazine reader. I just had to wing it!

     When worn the dress was taught enough to stat turned under (with the tacked sides, centre front & back).

     Some more photos...bye for now!:)

Regular & modified versions!:)

Me & my sister:)


  1. You look very festive and chic! And your friend looks lovely in her wedding dress too - what a pretty accent that belt is. Very elegant look.

    1. Thank you Melwyk! Yes, April looked incredible! She also gave me the self belt that came with her dress in case there was something I might use it for! Very generous of her:)

  2. You look fab, great outfit and your so creative to hack a dress to achieve the look. Super fabric, I love the bold print.

    1. Thanks Lynsey Jane! Isn't the fabric amazing? I bought enough for at least two dresses, lol!