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Floral Explosion: Vogue 1716

Vogue 1716 Sewing Pattern

If you have been into fashion in the last few years you may have seen a gorgeous Instagram influencer, Victoria Fox. Check her out here. She showcases some stunning outfits. Very classy looks that I can’t get enough of. Before I knew who she was a saw this picture on Pinterest and knew I wanted to make something like this. I later found two other looks of hers that were very similar.

I love the traditional suit in such a bold feminine print. So I decided to make my version. I wanted mine a little more subtle but still have a big impact. When I saw this large floral Mega Garden After Nightfall from the Fabric Snob on a black field I knew it was what I wanted.

I mean I am a sucker for large florals! Can you tell? Here is a slideshow of some of my floral creations!

Now I just needed the perfect suit pattern. I wanted something traditional with not too many seams or embellishments. I also wanted a fitted pant and a jacket that would look similar to my inspiration with a belt. After reviewing line drawing after line drawing of suit patterns Vogue 1716 was it. It had the silhouette I was looking for and no embellishments. 

Oddly I can’t say I was all that enthusiastic about this suit when I saw the cover picture on the pattern.

I liked the sparkle but just was not sure about the fit. Unfortunately, sometimes the pictures deceive you. One of the reasons I do blog posts on patterns is so others that are thinking about making a pattern can see it in another way to see if they may want to make it. I also review them on so check out my profile over there. Pattern Review Profile

Overall this pattern was so nice and easy to make. My last suit was not as successful so you are always shy to jump back on the horse after a project does not go as great as you hoped. I am glad I jumped back on with this one.

There were no big hiccups and it went together quickly. If you are looking for your first suit pattern, this may be it. I am planning to make more suits with this pattern. The pants are a quick make and feature a side zip which I love. Side zips keep your tummy area smoother. These pants fit just perfectly. The only change I made was my normal lengthening for my 6′ height.

Here are some details from my Pattern Review on

Pattern Description: Semi-fitted, double breasted blazer with matching tie belt, two-piece sleeve with working vent, welt pockets with flap. Fitted, contoured, waist cropped pants have invisible side zipper.

Pattern Sizing:Semi-fitted it fits true to size
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes!

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Very easy quick sew for a blazer.

Fabric Used: Cotton

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Only lengthened the pants and the sleeves.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?Yes and I plan to!

Conclusion: I really love this pattern! If you need a suit with this shape, make it!

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Pattern Review: Vogue 1579

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 here: 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.

Pattern Description:
Close fitting lined dress has attached cape and side back invisible zipper. Belt has bow and snap closures.

Pattern Sizing:
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.

Fabric Used:

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.

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