So here it is …. Vogue 1316 – the dress I made from old jeans. It has been worn twice already and,thanks to the small amount of stretch in the denim, it’s very comfortable.
I really enjoyed making this, despite the large amount of pattern pieces. I don’t buy many patterns any more – after more than a few years sewing, I’ve got a pretty big collection of Burda Magazines, and a few boxes worth of paper patterns. After a while you start to see that the pattern companies rarely offer something new. Added to that is the fact that Vogue patterns are not the cheapest around… but this one was worth every penny for the complexity of the design.
The panels were a great opportunity to use scraps and oddly shaped pieces of fabric cut from jeans. The bands at the underbust wrap around to the back panels in a very interesting shape. (Although my panel matching could be better here!)
I hadn’t intended to line it, but in the end it was the quickest solution, as it saved me having to bind or face the edges. The lining makes it more comfortable and less likely to cling to tights in the winter too!
I had to alter the panel at the upper back – there was a bit of gaping. It was the only part that I found difficult as I had to get help with pinning, so it held up finishing the dress for a while.
I took a little from the upper centre back and some from the back yoke panels, and it now sits nicely on my upper back. (Although the only photo of the back is obscured by my hair, so you’ll need to take my word for it!)
I used a regular centred zipper, because I didn’t have an invisible one and I really wanted to get it finished in time for a meetup with some friends!