Oscar de la Renta Poppy Floral Taffeta & Vogue 1303

14 Sep Oscar de la Renta Poppy Floral Taffeta & Vogue 1303

What do you get when you cross an Oscar de la Renta Taffeta with a Kay Unger pattern and a left-handed seamstress?

305200V1303 It’s not the first time I’ve sewn the mirror image of an asymmetrical pattern and I doubt it will be my last 🙂

www.goodbyevalentino.com #oscar de la renta, vogue patterns I  a m  s o  h a p p y  to be sewing whatever strikes my fancy again at the Mood Sewing Network!

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As soon as I wrapped up the final post-wedding details, I retrieved this Oscar de la Renta Poppy Red Floral Silk Taffeta from my Mood Fabrics stash. The bright colors and cheerful design were just what the doctor ordered to get me back to the sewing machine after a summer of wedding duties 😉


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Perhaps I could have gone the instant gratification route, but with the pressure off I had fun making a muslin, fitting a pattern and even using a new zipper technique! I purchased my pattern, Vogue 1303 nearly three years ago at a glance on sale. Upon later reading the instructions I realized the midriff sash is actually a waist inset without petite adjustments.

V1303 line

The muslin was not a pretty picture and I quickly knew this bias cut waist inset would not work for me.


My solution was to cut and sew the waist lining pattern pieces as the inset since they were easier to alter and free of bulk. Once the dress fit, I made a bias cut lined sash, placed it over the inset, and basted the ends along the seamlines.

dress 1303


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I assumed the large floral fabric would be forgiving, but fortunately, there was nothing to forgive! The taffeta is the perfect fabric choice for holding the crisp pleats in the sash, and the alterations surprisingly worked like a charm.

www.goodbyevalentino.com #oscar de la renta, vogue patternsI also discovered taffeta offers versatility beyond formal attire!


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Thanks to the Craftsy Mastering Zipper Techniques Class  which is a FREE class,  I inserted my first issue-free lapped zipper in less than 10 minutes!


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It’s true – all of the sewing I’ve done over the last three years and no lapped zipper.

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But the best lesson of all this week was rediscovering the pleasure of  pursuing a passion  when unencumbered by external pressures and stress. Happiness can be hard to define sometimes but I know it when I feel it!


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Until soon 🙂

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  • Becky
    Posted at 09:39h, 14 September Reply

    Glad you are back to the magic of ordinary days! Beautiful dress,

  • Jackie
    Posted at 09:42h, 14 September Reply

    Stunning dress and you have definitely mastered the fitting process! Also, love the lilac shoes.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:58h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you, Jackie! I didn’t know how much wear I would get from these shoes when I bought them in May, but the color has been more useful than I imagined 🙂

  • ME
    Posted at 09:56h, 14 September Reply

    From a fellow lefty – your explanations for altering are always so easy to understand ! Beautiful dress – great job !!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:59h, 15 September Reply

      We have our own way of doing things for sure! Many thanks for your comment 🙂

  • Bobbi
    Posted at 10:31h, 14 September Reply

    Another home run. No, wait….grandslam. Stunning dress, fabulous fit, excellent choice of fabric and the color always suit you.

  • Melissa
    Posted at 10:59h, 14 September Reply

    Absolutely gorgeous!!!! Good to know you are an affiliate. I love Craftsy. I will sign up through you next time~

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:00h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Melissa! Where would I be without Craftsy? 😉

  • Pam
    Posted at 11:07h, 14 September Reply

    This dress is fabulous! What a great figure you have as well! And, I’m dying for that fabric. Lovely.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:03h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you Pam……. the figure needs a little work but I’m trying 🙂 !

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 11:08h, 14 September Reply

    Beautiful. One of my all time favorites. I just love this and it looks gorgeous on you. A Maggie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:04h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you Maggie! It’s one of my favorites too 🙂

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 11:26h, 14 September Reply

    The dress is stunning! Wonderful fabric choices + perfect = a great new dress for you!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:04h, 15 September Reply

      Many thanks, Carolyn! It’s a garment I’m really excited about!

  • patsijean
    Posted at 11:44h, 14 September Reply

    You have created an absolutely beautiful dress.

  • carolinascallin
    Posted at 11:50h, 14 September Reply

    LOVE this one, Sarah! And, while I know you enjoyed all the wedding preparations…it’s so nice to see you relaxed and sewing for fun, without pressure 🙂

    The fabric is beautiful! I’d have never thought of using taffeta for this – you’re so right, it’s thought of as such a ‘formal’ fabric. Your gorgeous dress proves that it’s not just for evenings.

    Can’t wait to see what you’re making for fall!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:05h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you, Cheryl! It’s a good feeling for sure 🙂

  • tavkat@netscape.net
    Posted at 11:55h, 14 September Reply

    Absolutely beautiful! The scarf with this dress couldn’t be more perfect. Which came first, the scarf or the fabric? Or is this two scarves sewn together? Truly inspirational.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:06h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you so much! The scarf is one I bought in 2003 from Worth. It is a single scarf and I’ve hardly worn it but I think it’s perfect for this dress 🙂

  • The Sewing CPA
    Posted at 12:06h, 14 September Reply

    Very, very beautiful. You look stunning.

  • Fiona M
    Posted at 12:15h, 14 September Reply

    Beautiful! Red really is your colour 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:07h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you so much Fiona! Some shades of red work for me better than others. I do like these colors together!

  • Myra
    Posted at 12:24h, 14 September Reply

    Great Job Sarah! Love this look on you and the fabric is gorgeous!

  • Joan
    Posted at 12:38h, 14 September Reply

    That fabric is perfect for you AND the pattern! Lovely finished product and thanks very much for sharing your process for our benefit (particularly us other petites!).

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:10h, 15 September Reply

      Many thanks, Joan! I questioned whether the pattern would work for a while – nothing like being short when the fashion world promotes tall 🙂

  • Vanessa
    Posted at 12:39h, 14 September Reply

    This dress is stunning! I have this one in my queue as an LBD! I like what you have done with it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:10h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you Vanessa! This would make a great LBD 🙂

  • Fifty Dresses
    Posted at 13:19h, 14 September Reply

    Love that dress, Sarah! Red and pink combos are just luscious and you have done this one justice, for sure!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:11h, 15 September Reply

      Many thanks, Karen! It may be one of my all time favorites 🙂

  • Alice Elliot
    Posted at 13:36h, 14 September Reply

    Such a pretty dress!
    I made a bias top with gathering into one side seam. I mistakenly placed the back pattern upside down to cut. The gathering ended on the right in front, and on the left in back. Oh well, it happens.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:12h, 15 September Reply

      ……. and it happens frequently with me! Many thanks for the commetn 🙂

  • Inna
    Posted at 13:43h, 14 September Reply

    Wonderful dress! Great job!

  • Roxanne Schaal Reynolds
    Posted at 14:03h, 14 September Reply


  • Laura
    Posted at 14:53h, 14 September Reply

    Great looking dress….and will reread how you fixed that insert….didn’t come easily on the first read….and plan to go get that free CRAFTSY Zipper class.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 11:16h, 15 September Reply

      Laura, I definitely recommend the Craftsy class. For the insert I substituted the lining pieces for the pleated insert. They had no bulk and I could easily alter the piece. The original insert now is on top of the garment and was whipstitched from the underside before I lined the dress.
      Thanks for the comment!

  • Jacquie30100
    Posted at 15:18h, 14 September Reply


  • Toni
    Posted at 15:31h, 14 September Reply

    Fabulous! Beautiful fabric and perfect fit. Well done!

  • tjsews
    Posted at 15:31h, 14 September Reply

    Your dress is beautiful. Such a pretty print with bold happy colors!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:54h, 15 September Reply

      Many thanks, TJ – those colors just make me smile 🙂

  • maryfunt
    Posted at 15:40h, 14 September Reply

    Looks fabulous on you. Great job solving the waist length issue. Your wedding pics were great and whatever the splurge on the waist trim it was worth it.. Congratulations. It looked like a wonderful event for your family and the effort you put into al those robes was over the top. Enjoy your relaxed sewing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 18:57h, 15 September Reply

      Hi Mary! Thank you so much for your lovely comment 🙂 I took a big gulp before ordering the trim but now of course I’m so pleased I splurged. It was definitely worth it. The robes were fun to make and well received but it is definitely time for relaxed sewing!

  • Becky Bagwell
    Posted at 15:54h, 14 September Reply

    You have done it again! I am “sew” jealous. 🙂 b

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:00h, 15 September Reply

      LOL – no need to be jealous! You’ve made some beautiful clothes 🙂 Thank you, Becky!

  • mary
    Posted at 16:55h, 14 September Reply

    A beautiful fitting dress as usual. Thank you for posting the muslin pictures showing how you has to alter the pattern.

  • SewingElle
    Posted at 17:33h, 14 September Reply

    Gorgeous! I love pink and red.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:02h, 15 September Reply

      Me too…………. especially the nice clear shades! Many thanks 🙂

  • ewellons
    Posted at 19:46h, 14 September Reply

    Love your dress, Sarah! I have 3 yards of this fabric, purchased with no dress in mind. Now I think I must copy — again!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:03h, 15 September Reply

      Ooh….. three yards!! You can make more than this dress for sure, and even better…. you won’t need to make all of the pattern adjustments I made. Thank you, Cissie!

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 20:08h, 14 September Reply

    Talk about coming back with a bang!! How nice to be once again sewing without deadlines. I absolutely adore this on you and what a brilliant solution to the waist drape. I’ve pulled this pattern out so many times I’ve lost count…now I see it’s a “must sew”!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:05h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you, Julie – I’m happy about no deadline too!! I think this pattern will be an easier fit on you – hope you will go for it 🙂

  • Vivian Katz
    Posted at 20:32h, 14 September Reply

    Wow, your dress is lovely! Glad you survived the wedding wanting to sew more and great job it is!! And I have signed up for that zipper class, but never took it. You have motivated me to get with it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:09h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Vivian! The zipper class is truly worthwhile – have fun 🙂 !!

  • Sarah. Jo
    Posted at 21:15h, 14 September Reply

    Wow! Welcome back–way to start off with a bang!

  • Lyncat
    Posted at 23:09h, 14 September Reply

    What a wonderful dress! I can relate to the lefty reversal syndrome.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:11h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you, Lyncat! I don’t know about you, but the reversal syndrome still takes me by surprise. I really think I’ve got it right and……… boom! …… there I am on the other side 😉

  • Sharon
    Posted at 23:43h, 14 September Reply

    Beautiful dress and the fit is perfect. Love your change to the pattern instructions.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:12h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Sharon! As a petite yourself, I’m sure you’ve dealt with similar issues 😉

  • KathyS
    Posted at 23:45h, 14 September Reply

    Clever solution to a fitting problem. The dress is beautiful and the fabric gorgeous.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:12h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Kathy! I was determined to make it work 🙂

  • Katalin
    Posted at 02:59h, 15 September Reply

    Love your new dress!

  • Hanh
    Posted at 07:03h, 15 September Reply

    Lovely! Glad to meet you and your husband Saturday. Hope to see you sport this number at another concert, though I thought the black number was very nice too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:14h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Hanh! So lovely to meet you too. It was a fabulous concert wasn’t it 🙂

  • Victoria
    Posted at 08:03h, 15 September Reply

    Hello from Melbourne Australia. Such a stunning dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:15h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you, Victoria! The dress is one of my favorite for sure 🙂

  • Tasha
    Posted at 08:14h, 15 September Reply

    I. Love. This. Dress! the fabric and the style are the perfect match!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:16h, 15 September Reply

      Thank. You. From. The. Bottom. Of. My. Heart!!!! It turned out just as I hoped 🙂 🙂

  • neucarol
    Posted at 08:55h, 15 September Reply

    Wow, Wow, and more Wow. Great choices all around.

  • Almeda
    Posted at 12:09h, 15 September Reply

    What do you get when you combine an Oscar de la Renta Taffeta, a Kay Unger pattern and your wonderful sewing skills? A fabulous gorgeous dress!! Your wedding duties may be behind you, but you are still in ‘high gear’! This dress would steal the show at any event. And thanks for sharing the wedding pictures – what an incredible perfect day. Looks like you are still glowing. 🙂

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 19:18h, 15 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Almeda for such a nice comment! It was truly a perfect day and one i’ll never forget 😉

  • Alex in California
    Posted at 13:50h, 15 September Reply

    This dress is a beauty. So smart and so are you for figuring out the pleats to be so flattering. I like the metalic taupe shoe, picks up on the color that pops the least. Smart.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:04h, 16 September Reply

      Thank you, Alex! I was determined to figure this one out 😉 I too, like the metallic shoes with the dress – great for daytime wear I think.

  • Alicia @ Pandora Sews
    Posted at 17:09h, 15 September Reply

    This dress is just a breath of Southern Beauty! Makes me long for the days that I was living in Charleston.

    I looked at that taffeta on Mood, but never came up with anything “fancy” to use it for. Now I wish I would have gotten it just to make a pretty dress.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:07h, 16 September Reply

      Ah……you make me blush 🙂 I ordered this fabric because I loved the colors and when it arrived I realized I could make something less formal due to the print. I think it is still available at Mood!

  • Robin
    Posted at 17:34h, 15 September Reply

    Such a lovely dress, it makes me happy just looking at it. Thanks for sharing

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:07h, 16 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Robin! It is definitely a happy fabric 🙂

  • Dianna Crawford
    Posted at 23:34h, 15 September Reply

    Wow! Stunning dress! It looks great on you. Lovely.

  • Barbara Hewitt
    Posted at 05:19h, 16 September Reply

    I love your blog–This is a beautiful dress, and your descriptions of the pathway to making up the pattern is very helpful. You look beautiful in the dress using that fabric.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 06:09h, 16 September Reply

      Thank you so much, Barbara! I felt the transformation of the muslin was worth sharing 😉

  • Carolyn
    Posted at 01:18h, 17 September Reply

    What a gorgeous dress! The fabric is outstandingly beautiful 🙂

  • goodbyevalentino
    Posted at 07:17h, 17 September Reply

    Thank you so much, Carolyn!

  • odetosew
    Posted at 13:33h, 18 September Reply

    Beautiful! Great combo of designer fabric and a designer sewing pattern, love it!

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