Is this cheating? (Vogue 1224)

You may remember I am signed up to the Love What You Wear Project, meaning no new clothes for a year (from November 2012 – November 2013). I signed up for the project partly in response to my unease with the ethics of the fashion industry and partly to spur me on to making my own clothes.

Shortly before Christmas I purchased Vogue Pattern V1224. This pattern was marked as “Very Easy” so I thought it might be within my sewing abilities. I bought some stretchy fabric, traced off the pattern pieces (adding a couple of inches to the skirt piece – yikes, that was short!), and figured I’d make a start. But then I started reading up on how to sew knit fabrics…and scared myself off! I happened to show the pattern & the fabric to my mum, saying I thought I would put off making the dress until I was a bit more confident of my sewing abilities. At that point she said “would you like me to make it for you?” How could I refuse?!

So, here’s the dress:

vogue dress

It’s not made by me but by my rather lovely and talented mother. She volunteered to make it. No coercion was involved. And she enjoyed it so much she has copied the pattern to make one for herself. So, my question is, “Is this cheating?”

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20 thoughts on “Is this cheating? (Vogue 1224)

  1. nope – definitely not cheating! It was a gift, as far as I read the events. Lucky you!

  2. Ben Naga says:

    Only you and your conscience can tease that one out, I’m afraid. Your mother did a great job from the look of it. And you wear it well too. 🙂

    • vivjm says:

      Thanks Ben. I think my conscience can rest a little, as mum enjoyed making it – no dodgy labour practices involved! She certainly did a great job, and thanks for the compliment, btw 🙂

  3. Motherfunker says:

    LOVE it! It looks fab X

  4. sewbusylizzy says:

    I love your fabric choice! And no I don’t think it’s cheating 🙂

  5. sewbusylizzy says:

    Sewalongs are great fun!
    I’ve got so many plans I’m not sure where to start but I’m thinking of entering that RTW contest as well 🙂

  6. lalinsocal says:

    Nope – looks too good to be cheating!

  7. Nope absolutely not cheating – its not RTW so there ya go. Did your lovely mum give you some tips about sewing with knits?

    Looks great on as well. Definintely a score.

    • vivjm says:

      Thanks – yep, it’s not RTW so between me & mum we bypassed the fast fashion industry! She did give me a few tips on sewing knits, and it didn’t sound as scary as I convinced myself it would be, so maybe I will work up to trying it soon!

  8. oanh says:

    I think you’ve hit on your dress style. This looks fantastic: fit, styling, colour. Yay, your mum!

  9. annjrippin says:

    When I did buying no supplies for a year I got lots of gifts – I would just rejoice in the fact that you have such a great relationship with your mum that she wants to do that for you – mine does it with gifts of fabric. The dress is really lovely, too.

  10. Oh no not cheating at all! It looks lovely!

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