January 1, 2012

Victory Patterns Anouk Dress

Victory Patterns Anouk Dress

This is Anouk! I love that name. Seems very European.

I was smitten with the new Victory Patterns and their line of classy modern designs. They sell PDFs only which is nice if you're impatient like me and don't like to wait for the mail.

Victory Patterns Anouk Dress

I bought three patterns at once because they had a discount on their Etsy page.

The first one I tried was Anouk, a pretty dress with lots of fabric combo possibilities. This dress also fit some of my New Year's Sewing Resolutions (which I'll talk more about later) including making more clothes with longer sleeves and more dresses, both of which are lacking in my wardrobe.

Victory Patterns Anouk Dress

This dress is combines both Version 1 and 2 of the pattern. I made the dress but added the sleeves from the tunic version. I also made the sleeves and yoke from the same fabric.

The black is a 50/50 linen/rayon blend and the floral is leftover from a dress I made as a gift and is 100% rayon.

I love the design with the pintucks, tie belt, peep opening, buttons and front placket. Justin said this dress reminded him of some German drindl style dress which I kind of agree with. It certainly looks much different than Victory's examples just because of my fabric choices.

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I haven't found any other reviews for Victory Patterns yet so I'll add a little bit more technical information.

The pattern pieces were well labeled with all the necesary markings. The instructions were good, too. Most steps had pictures or illustrations and while sometimes I did get a little overwhelmed by the directions (there are so many pieces and details that the directions are pretty long) but I could figure most everything out from pictures. Victory labels this design as intermediate which I would agree with. There are more pieces than a beginner would want to tackle but assembling the dress is pretty logical.

Victory Patterns Anouk Dress

I had a question about one thing during the sewing process and emailed Victory's owner, Kristiann, and she got back to me quickly. Yay for customer service!

If you use a lightweight fabric in the yoke or placket I'd recommend to maybe add some interfacing (the pattern mentions that interfacing is optional in some places, I only added it to the cuffs). While I lined those parts with the linen, the rayon in the center front opening pulls a little to the side.

Victory Patterns Anouk Dress

I cut a size 8 and it fits perfect. The only muslin-ing I did was to make the yoke, just to test the armhole and bust size since the waist and hip area are open. I'm a b cup, maybe a c on a good day and the dress fits perfect in that area. I'm sure there are some people who are wanting to try out Victory but are wondering if they need to do an FBA.

I love this dress! So easy to wear but I still feel pretty and put together. It's not too short and the tie belt makes it adjustable and comfortable.

I wanted to finish this dress earlier but unexpectedly ran out of black thread, ugh!

I'd like to try the tunic version sometime. The design is unique but depending on your fabrics this style is so adaptable.

I think I'm going to try the Lola pattern next but I have to find the perfect fabric for it!

11 comments:

  1. I love the dress! The fabric and the colours are perfectly chosen. Your shoes are also adorable :-)

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  2. I love how different this version looks from the examples VP gives, just shows that the pattern is very versatile. I want to try one of their patterns too, I just haven't been able to choose one yet!

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  3. That turned out really well, I especially like it with the shoes.

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  4. I love this! The keyhole is fun and I love dresses with long sleeves.

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  5. This is probably the pattern I am most excited to try from this designer. Great dress!

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  6. I love the form and the fabrics you choose for this projet, this is really wonderfull!!

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  7. I bought this pattern too! Yours looks great, can't wait to try it out.

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  8. I found you accidentally and I have to tell you I LOVE your dress! I bought this pattern too, and seeing yours makes me want to make up my own soon!

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  9. Your dress looks great! I love the long sleeves and how you used the contrast fabric. I've been thinking about how to pair upcycled fabric from a men's Western shirt with chambray in Anouk. I may copy you if enough of the Western shirt fabric is usable.

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