DIY Batwing/Dolman Sleeve Dress Vogue 1482: Spinning and Going Out of Business…

exit front smile (1 of 1)Hi!

How has life been treating you lately?  Great I hope.  I have discovered an exercise that I seriously enjoy doing…spinning!   Two weeks ago, I tried a spin class, because I wanted a more intense cardio workout.  I left the class feeling invigorated from all of the sprinting and climbing at various resistance levels.  Most importantly, the class burns at least 500 calories in an hour.  This past week, I took two more spin classes and I look forward to taking at least two this week. My only complaint is that the bike seat feels way too hard and uncomfortable, so I am in the market for a cushioned seat cover.  One of the sports stores here is going out of business, so I stopped in to buy one.  Unfortunately, they were all sold out, BUT they did have something that I have been looking for…


Retail clothing store racks to hang all of my in-process DIY projects on! Two for $40…SCORE!

Now let’s get into this week’s DIY look…a paisley print batwing/dolman sleeve dress.

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Speaking of stores going out of business, I HATE that Hancock Fabric Store is going out of business.  Hancock is one of my favorite fabric stores.  I spent a great deal of time there when I lived in Chicago and was still new to sewing.  My co-workers use to tease me about leaving happy hour and going to the fabric store (i.e. Hancock).  I kept it going when I relocated to Vegas.  It was like therapy to go there after work and chit chat with the ladies that worked there about sewing projects and tips and pick up new patterns and fabric.  I am reminded of the Tin Man from “The Wiz” (not to be confused with the “The Wizard of Oz”), that said, “ohhh it was a sad day…there’s not much amusement in the closing down of an amusement park”.  That pretty much sums up how I feel about Hancock closing…unamused.

Anyway, this fabric was purchased as a result of the going out of business sale from earlier this year, I got it for less than $3 a yard.  I used Vogue sewing pattern 1482.


I really enjoyed making this dress, because it was so easy to sew up and I think the style and fit is very modern and flattering.  It did not look like a moo-moo dress.  I changed the neck from a scoop neck to a v-neck, because I needed to break up the paisley pattern a bit.  After sewing the pocket, I noticed that all of the pattern instructions are for beautiful enclosed seams, but I wanted this to be a quick project so I serged my seams instead.

This week I decided to take pics at the M Resort Spa Casino.  From spending a lot of time at the…pool…buffet…restaurants…wine tasting room, etc., since living here, I know this place has a cool glass and mirrored elevator that is fun for pics.  Well, my friend came along to take the pics and it kind of ended up being a journey of various places within the resort.

First we started on the elevator at the top…

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But then the elevator starting taking us down….

elevator top redo (1 of 1)

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So then we figured, let’s get some pics while down at the wine tasting room…

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Don’t you just love the batwing/dolman sleeves on this dress?

dark hostile back (1 of 1)

Then we said…hey, let’s take the stairs to go back up and how about snap a couple photos on the way…

back stairs sit (1 of 1) back stairs sit 2 redo (1 of 1)

stair top (1 of 1)

You can already see the progress spinning is making…nah, I get those legs from my momma, lol.

back stairs (1 of 1)

So then we were back up top and ventured out to the pool for a few photos…

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But the sun was too bright, so we went off to the side to capture a few of the details..

pocket (1 of 1)

Slanted seam pocket…

cuff (1 of 1)

A cuffed sleeve…

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A slit back opening with a vintage pearl button…

button back (1 of 1)A lovely drape…

And as we said goodbye, we got a couple by the exit…

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I played around with my naturally curly hair for a big hair look.  My shoes are Charles by Charles David and I just opted for simple gold hoop accessories.

Hope you have a wonderful week!

Yours truly,









18 thoughts on “DIY Batwing/Dolman Sleeve Dress Vogue 1482: Spinning and Going Out of Business…

    1. There was a huge paisley shape right smack in the middle and it overwhelmed me, so I had to cut that out, lol. Plus the v-neck is so perfect for the summer heat!

  1. I love this one, Tee! That fabric is amazing, such a great find. The style of dress suits you really well.
    And, can I just add that your top stitching is 🙌🏽🙌🏽🙌🏽

  2. Wow that’s so pretty and it looks breathable AND comfortable! The pics at the M are gorgeous. Thank you for sharing!

  3. What size did you sew? I’m a bit flummoxed on how to approach this pattern because I’m petite on top with ahem nice hips. Usually I would just grade out …and part of me thinks of going with this smallest size straight through because I’m going to have a problem at the hips if I do that. Advice?

    1. Hi Mary Beth, I cut and stitched a small. I am 5’1.5 with a shorter torso. I have a bigger bottom, for example I usually cut a 14 to 16 for my bottom in most patterns and adjust accordingly. I measure around the hips at 40 to 41.5 inches, but my bottom is taking up most of that vs. hips (if that makes sense). The finished measurements for this pattern are very generous. I think 50ish for small, if I recall correctly. Personally, I wouldn’t take the chance of oversizing this dress. If you sew it according to the directions the adjustments may not be simple. I didn’t sew this with the encased or french seams. I used a serger, if sewn my way though making adjustments would be easier. Also my fabric didn’t have any stretch and it still worked sewing a small. Hope this helps.

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