Created by: Cara A
Project

Badgley Mischka Peplum Dress

What are you most proud of? Here's what I've learned taking this course: ponte stretches when it hangs, so expect the peplums to be positioned lower on the waistline than originally planned. Second, the lining is probably the most difficult to gauge when pairing with a knit since you are attempting to place a non-stretch woven going into a stretchy dress. Third, if one ignores fitting issues on the muslin, it will show up on the final garment! My dress is slightly too wide, so I feel I'm swimming in it, which is magnified with a knit. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I made 4 muslins, that's right, I sewed, marked, and ripped apart 4 dresses before cutting into the fashion fabric. The entire dress fabric was thread traced except for the lining, (regretfully) because I had to rip apart the lining and begin again since it didn't fit perfectly within the dress. The lining and zipper was hand basted in, which honestly, gives one much more control and precision than by machine. The extra tedious steps do come in handy later, and while you may lose time when using hand basting couture methods, I promise, you'll gain it back in sleep and comfort.

You Can Make This

Cara A made Badgley Mischka Peplum Dress with:

Inside Vogue Patterns: Badgley Mischka V1399

Class + Kit

Inside Vogue Patterns: Badgley Mischka V1399

with Lynda Maynard

  • Ponte Knit
  • Raspberry Lining Fabric

Project Description

What are you most proud of? Here's what I've learned taking this course: ponte stretches when it hangs, so expect the peplums to be positioned lower on the waistline than originally planned. Second, the lining is probably the most difficult to gauge when pairing with a knit since you are attempting to place a non-stretch woven going into a stretchy dress. Third, if one ignores fitting issues on the muslin, it will show up on the final garment! My dress is slightly too wide, so I feel I'm swimming in it, which is magnified with a knit. What advice would you give someone starting this project? I made 4 muslins, that's right, I sewed, marked, and ripped apart 4 dresses before cutting into the fashion fabric. The entire dress fabric was thread traced except for the lining, (regretfully) because I had to rip apart the lining and begin again since it didn't fit perfectly within the dress. The lining and zipper was hand basted in, which honestly, gives one much more control and precision than by machine. The extra tedious steps do come in handy later, and while you may lose time when using hand basting couture methods, I promise, you'll gain it back in sleep and comfort.

Q&A with Cara A

immisceo asked:
Such an important thing to be reminded of! Whether it's four muslins or multiple knitting swatches, going the long way around is never time wasted. I can't wait to see your finale, because this looks pretty darn perfect as it is.
Cara A answered:
You are precisely right! It's difficult to contain all the eagerness and ambition pumping through the vascular system when beginning a new project. Thank you for your supportive words, Bette Noire.
Judy Murphy asked:
A really gorgeous result ! Glad to her YOU too make more than one muslin. I often make a muslin and then a calico, just to see how the fabric reacts. This is a dress you will wear for the rest of your life :-) Great work !
Cara A answered:
Thank you, Judy.
Emme M asked:
Would this be an easy class for a novice to follow?
Cara A answered:
Interesting question, I'd say maybe, only because this dress was the third dress I had ever sewn in my adult life (to the best of my memory), and the most difficult is the sizing. Vogue adds way too much ease and this can frustrate a beginner if they do not know how to fit or have the confidence to hack into the fabric to make it fit. But between the packaged directions and this class, I'm confident you'll be able to sew it.
StephanieM. asked:
Oh my goodness, this looks fantastic in black! So sleek and elegant! Might have to copy you ;) Great job!
Cara A answered:
You should, this would be a great color for you.
Bail77 asked:
It was worth it , lovely
Cara A answered:
Thank you, this dress took me to another level in my sewing journey, where I felt it was possible to sew something modern.