Do you ever see a pattern and just know you have to make it? That was Vogue 1579. It is so classic yet on trend with the cape detail. I made it very early this year but planned on debuting it on Easter Sunday for church. Unfortunately, we all know COVID had different plans. So I have yet to wear this lovely dress out. Now that Texas is open we can go back to church but have to wear a mask. I don’t know if I can stand the thought of ruining the look with a mask. Oh well. Until it can be fully appreciated it will get an adoring look as I look through my closet.
This is a fully lined close-fitting dress by Badgley Mischka. The only thing I was not a fan of was the belt. I am just not a bow kind of girl even though this one is quite subdued. I made a size 14 and did not have to make any sizing changes except I did add a couple of inches in length due to my 6’ height. ( Note the final pictures don’t fit as good as they should because I have since lost weight and by rights am now a size 10/12 in Vogue). It is such a beautiful feminine dress and it feels good on.
I have two complaints about this pattern. The first is, the directions to put the cape on are impossible. The idea is that there would be a finished seam underneath the cape but how it was made to that point it becomes impossible to do that. I later found this same complaint in a review on www.patternreview.com here: https://sewing.patternreview.com/review/pattern/145474. I just attached the cape with the raw edge between the cape and dress. No one will ever see it anyway so it is not a huge issue.
The second complaint is more annoying than anything. It is just such an awkward dress to put on and take off. The zipper is on the side seam and since the waist is fitted it is just awkward. But alas if we want to look great in a dress sometimes you make sacrifices! 🙂
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While I know it does not truly fit perfectly anymore I will still be rocking this dress. I may do a slight alteration from the back seam or I may find a belt I do like with it and wear it to cinch in the waist a bit. I am tempted to make this again in maybe a less formal look and a bit shorter. It is a great pattern besides the cape attachment issue. Here is my video review for the dress.
Close fitting lined dress has attached cape and side back invisible zipper. Belt has bow and snap closures.
I made a size 14 and just added length due to my 6’ height.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes!! Very Lovely
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Most of it was except the cape insertion instructions do not work how they have it to leave a finished seam on the underside. I had to just insert it and have raw edge underneath the cape. Not a big issue since no one will see that part but made me feel crazy that I was not getting it.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
Disliked the cape insertion and love everything else. I did not do the belt because bows aren’t my style.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Just my normal lengthening a couple inches for my height.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Absolutely and I think I want to in a more winter weight fabric or a more casual version. Yes but not for a newbie.
Conclusion: I love this dress and am thinking about making a winter or Christmas one.