Vogue 1161–Complete at Last!
This little cocktail dress has quite the story. I picked out this fabric on a special trip to S.R. Harris in the Twin Cities back in 2010. I had just started to get back into sewing, and I decided to go on a focused shopping trip to this fabric mecca. I planned to make Vogue 1161, a Rachel Comey pattern that I already had in my stash and had seen done up with great success by Tasia, to wear to the wedding of my husband’s childhood friend that summer. Unfortunately, one of our friends passed away very suddenly, and we left early in order to be with friends and family. Having no other immediate need for a new cocktail dress, the project was set aside until another wedding in the spring of 2012. I got it “done enough” to wear to the wedding, but I didn’t get around to proper finishing until just this month as part of Me-Made-May. Now I can finally declare it finished!
This dress is cute enough from the front, but the back is where the real excitement is. My hair is getting pretty long now, so it’s got to be up to show off these great details.
The back cutout is just the right size. It’s big enough to be an important design element, but not so big that I have to worry about my bra showing. As others who have made this pattern have noted, the lining does show here because of the top knot. I used a cream lining, but perhaps I should have done a self lining for this part of the dress.
I don’t think I realized it when selecting this pattern, but the back skirt is super flouncy and fun. I love the way it moves when I walk and dance. I had originally meant to lengthen this skirt, as it’s on the short side for what I tend to wear (and it’s especially short when I sit), but I totally spaced that out when I went to cut. Considering the sheen of the fabric, I’m likely to save this dress for social events where a shorter hemline is appropriate anyway.
When I first began this project, I hoped it would be successful so I could make another version in a solid. I’d still love to do that, and I think that if I went for a solid, matte fabric and a longer hemline, this could even work well with a cardigan for work. For now, this version, which, by the way, only cost about $20 in materials, will be a welcome addition to my wardrobe.