Vogue 1496

It’s supposed to be spring soon, though you could not tell from the temperature! I’m dying to get outside and plant my tomatoes and some herbs. Until then I have started sewing for spring with this Vogue 1496 and a multicolor rayon.

Vogue 1496

This rayon was a little troublesome to sew. I had to keep changing the thread tension as the number of layers of fabric changed.


So I really love this dress from the front. The back is another store. I’m not sure how I feel about the sleeves and the shoulders. The shoulder sort of rides up and I don’t love how high the sleeves start in the back.


There is an option to add an insert around the neck so it will not be as low, but I chose not to try that.


I feel like there may be a way to make this work a little better for me next time, but I am not sure what that might be. You may see another version of this dress in the future.

8 thoughts on “Vogue 1496

  1. Sherri says:

    Wow! So pretty! You are so right. The back pieces were not drafted or designed with the same attention to flow as the front. For the next version (or even this one) you might be able to draw a half sleeve piece for the rear sleeve – something that flutters a bit to give the feeling of drape and movement like the front, or that connects in a way that leaves a trendy split on the side of the arm. It’s almost as if two separate people designed this dress and then put their halves together! The fabric is really beautiful and the dress looks festive and comfy – always tops in my book.

  2. Cynthia Peacock says:

    I have to agree that the back isn’t drafted very well. That’s too bad because the fabric is absolutely gorgeous and you look great in the dress. No doubt this would look good belted (kind of a blouson sort of thing) with leggings or skinny pants — which would really take away from many of the design elements. You could also wear a dress-length duster with the dress. I have just about every pattern Sandra B. has designed for Vogue, but sometimes she loses her way. She’s a sweetheart though. You can actually e-mail her and she will respond. She’s funny. She’s not a stuffy designer at all. She may be able to give you a save for the next one.

  3. allonestring says:

    Mmm, I agree with you about the back and keep wondering if it could be reversed: move the v-neckline up to the nape and cut a v out of those over the shoulder extensions. As there’re no darts, it might work.

    • allonestring says:

      I’ve just got the pattern out, and am considering sewing the back to the front all the way across (not leaving gaps for the bizarre armholes), then not sewing the side seams all the way to the top (leaving gaps for more realistic armholes).
      It would make the result less quirky, but hopefully more wearable. We’ll see!

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