Vogue 1353 | Pleated Poppies Dress

22 Jul


Hello, again! I am on a roll lately!! I’m back today to share with you my completed Vogue 1353, a great pleated fit-and-flare dress with a full lining by Kay Unger. I was inspired by Margo’s recent review of this pattern (isn’t she gorgeous?!?), and bought it next time Hancock’s had a sale and started sewing almost immediately.


The pattern is the perfect silhouette for an everyday, ladylike dress. And when you make it up in a washable fabric, it works well in your day job as a pediatrician. Where, yes, sometimes you do get peed on but thankfully not often — happened for the first time in ages this week just not to this dress :)-


I made this beauty up in a great poppy print stretch cotton sateen from Sawyer Brook Fabrics.

V1353 poppies lining

I lined it with a creamy yellow polyester pongee from Fabric Mart Fabrics that I think I paid $1/yd for… Cotton sateen is a dream to sew with after you’ve been doing nothing but knits and silks. It actually does what you ask it to!


I started with a straight size 14 then I made a few alterations:

  • 3/4″ FBA
  • lowered bust dart 5/8″
  • lowered bust point of princess seam 5/8″
  • lengthened bodice 1/2″
  • took it in a smidgen in the princess seam above the bust
  • added 1/4″ under the arm at the bust front and back tapering to nothing at the waist
  • 1/2″ forward shoulder adjustment
  • took it in 3/4″ on each side of the zipper tapering to nothing at the waist for a gaping back neckline
  • reduced the width of the pleats because my fabric wasn’t 60″ wide

V1353 Poppies Hanging Detail

I strayed from the instructions only so far as to avoid hand sewing. I lined it completely by machine, including stitching the lining to the invisible zipper by machine with my invisible zip foot. I did hand sew the hook and eye in place as I couldn’t find any way around it. πŸ™‚


V1353 Poppies Hem

My favorite part of the dress is the hem with its facing and topstitching. I used the chainstitch function on my Juki MO-735 5-thread serger to create the textured line of stitching instead of the handstitching that is prescribed in the pattern instructions. I stitched with the hem facing up so the “wrong” side of the stitching shows on the outside of the dress, creating a nice, visible line of thread. I love finding new uses for my serger!


The pattern calls for a purchased belt and here I’ve accessorized it with a cute little aqua leather belt with a silver buckle that I picked up at Gus Mayer department store in Birmingham. I think this is probably the only thing (at $38) that I could ever afford from that store but I do love it! I have also paired the dress with a bead necklace from Kluster Shop and some Franco Sarto strappy heel sandals.

This is my new favorite dress pattern and I think there will be another one soon. Stay tuned!


10 Responses to “Vogue 1353 | Pleated Poppies Dress”

  1. Sew Exhausted July 23, 2015 at 12:23 am #

    That fabric! Gorgeous… and perfect colors for you. Lovely dress all around.

  2. Dianne Bernasconi July 23, 2015 at 7:34 am #

    I love this dress. It fits beautifully. So glad you are at the machine again! Tell the girls at Sawyer Brook hello for me. They were in my ASG chapter!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 23, 2015 at 7:37 am #

      Thanks, Dianne! Glad I “saw” you this week. I got an email saying the owner was retiring and they are looking for someone to buy the company 😦

  3. Crafted by Carrie July 23, 2015 at 7:45 am #

    Lovely dress! Fits you wonderful and I especially like the white line around the hem…it just add something special πŸ™‚

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 23, 2015 at 10:04 am #

      Thank you, Carrie! The hem is definitely a favorite feature for me, too πŸ™‚

  4. anniehanks July 23, 2015 at 9:28 am #

    Gorgeous fabric that makes a chic dress! I love making dresses that I can wear to work!

    • Susie Homemaker, MD July 23, 2015 at 10:05 am #

      Thanks, Annie! I think putting on a dress for work gets me in a better mood in the mornings πŸ™‚


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