Remember this post, where I said I was lusting after backless dresses? For a while there, in the hot weather, backless or cut out dresses were all I could think of and I knew I’d have to at least try making one this summer.
So make one I did. In collaboration with White Tree Fabrics, who supplied me with the fabrics, dress pattern and notions, I chose to make the Vogue V1102, a lovely sleeveless dress with a circle skirt and a bow closure on the back.
I chose this fabric as I really liked the print and thought the colour would work well with the pattern. I’ve also seen the girls from By Hand London use it in a blog post so that’s always an endorsement.
It took barely any time to make and I think the whole dress was cut and sewn up in less than a day. As the pattern has a circle skirt, I did have to shorten it by about an inch to make the pattern fit the fabric. I cut it on the grainline, but I think even cutting it against the grain wouldn’t have mattered too much either, as the print is so busy. The bodice is also quite short so I think next time I’ll add extra length there, but that’s only my personal preference.
The other main alteration I made was to remove the bow. In my opinion, the bow is just too cumbersome and makes the dress far less wearable than it should be. Plus I like the backless option. I love Almond Rock’s version with a ribbon, but I figured I can just add a bow or ribbon on mine at a later date. I would say removing the ribbon means that the dress shoulders aren’t held up so well, so the bow does add a function, but I haven’t really worn the dress out yet enough to try this out, so I will wait and see.
I originally imagined a lilac or purple version of this dress, so that’s definitely next on my list to make.
Have you made a V1102? What do you think about the bow? I’d love to know!