My DIY: Red Bow Tie Dress + Vogue 9201 Pattern Review

Happy New Week Lovelies!

Red Bow Tie Dress (I made)
Fabric: HERE & Pattern: HERE
ASOS Gold Thin Belt (old)
H&M Glittery Gold Slingbacks
MAC "High Heels" Retro Lipstick
How are you all doing? Just wanted to stop by and share this red dress I made for Christmas. I tend to stick to red and gold for my church's Christmas service and this past year was no different. Lately everything I have made has been on point with the fit and style with the exception of this dress. I don't like the way it turned out and I actually thought about not sharing it on the blog. But I try to be as real and honest as I can be on this blog so that's why I am sharing this dress. I think it's one worse things I have ever made. I really like the top part of the dress but the bottom part is just a "No." It also turned out too big since I used a stretch fabric, I definitely picked the wrong fabric, maybe the pattern would work for a fabric with more weight and drape to it. The only good thing that came out if making this dress that I learned some new sewing skills using the Vogue Pattern. I learned how to do an hidden placket (front fly) with buttons, sleeve cuffs and inserting an invisible side zipper. So I guess I didn't waste that much time making this
For those that sew, I have a pattern review below...:)
Pattern Review: Vogue 9201
Pattern Description: Fitted dress has front band and fly button closing to waist, front princess seams that release into pleats, invisible side zipper, narrow hem, and length variations.
Pattern Sizing: It came in a size 6-14.
Fabric Used: David Tutera Stretch Taffeta Fabric (HERE)
Were the instructions easy to follow? Not really, the front band was a bit confusing to do with the instructions. I had to keep re-reading it to figure it out. 
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The only thing I like about this pattern is the bodice, I am a sucker for anything with a bow tie. I didn't like the pleated skirt maybe the fabric I used didn't have enough with to it. I don't like that it falls too flat and not flared out. 
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made? The only modification I made was to shorten the bodice by about 2 inches to fits my short torso.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? No I would definitely not sew it again as much as I loved the bodice. I would recommend it if you want to try a bow tie dress, just make sure you pick the right fabric to make it.
Thank you so much for stopping by and have a blessed week!


  1. Splendid and vibrant look. Greetings!

  2. Ahhhhh!!! Love all your projects!! I'm so inspired by your use of colour and patterns in your clothes. LOVE!! =)


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