Pattern Review: Vogue 1374 Badgley Mischa Gown

Pattern Description: Close-fitting, lined, pullover dress has bias neck binding, shoulder yokes, back pleated drape with weighted tab, back extending into fish tail hemline.

Sizing: 6-22. I made a 14

Available as a PDF? No

Fabric Used: Sequined Designer Mesh – Gunmetal for the outer shell, Tricot Mesh Lining – Black (sold out, sorry) for the lining, and scraps of Swiss 4-Way Stretch – Black for bindings. All are from Gorgeous Fabrics, naturally.

Machines and Tools Used: Juki DDL8700 industrial machine, Juki MO2516N industrial serger, Reliable 3000IS iron/board, sleeve board, shoulder stand, ham, silk organza press cloth.

Needle/Notions Used: Universal 70/10, Serger 75/11 needles, thread, pennies

Tips Used during Construction: Tips and Hints for Working with Sequins, Make the Lining First, And Now, a Word from the Pressinatrix, Fear Not the Fabric

Did it look like the photo or drawing when you got through? Yes

How were the instructions? They were very good. This pattern is not difficult to construct, so I didn’t really need them.

Construction Notes: I made this dress for a photo shoot, so I made it straight from the envelope with no fitting adjustments. What a luxury! Because of that, I got to see how it sews up with no modifications, and it goes together beautifully. The upper back piece was a little longer than the lower back, which I discovered when I made the lining.

I took about 1/4 inch off the upper back at the CB fold when I made the sequined outer shell, and that seemed to fix the problem. I bound the armholes with Swiss 4-way Knit to protect the wearer’s skin.

This is better than tricot for protecting from irritation

I used two pennies as weights in the back cowl.

Just adding my two cents’ worth…
ba dum boom!

The toughest part of this was just psyching myself up to cut into the sequins. But once I started cutting, it went very smoothly. If you work with sequined fabric, I recommend using a rotary cutter with a fresh blade, and resigning yourself to the fact that your blade will go straight to the recycle bin after you finish.

Likes/Dislikes: This is a very straightforward pattern that leaves the wow factor to the fabric. It’s rated Average by Vogue, but I think it’s easy, if you use a plain knit. I think this would also look great cut to knee length, either in a sequined fabric like this, or even in a plain knit. It’s got that “business in the front/party in the back” vibe that you can exploit with a less showy fabric. Ooo, you know what else would be cool? To make it in a subdued fabric for the majority of it, but use just one blingy or beaded piece for the upper back and let it peek out. Kind of like what I did on the bodice of my Pippa Dress. How fun would that be???

Would you do it again? Would you recommend it? Yes and yes. I would probably make this in a less showy fabric for myself to wear.

Conclusion: This is a spectacular dress, if I do say. The pattern goes together beautifully. I love the subtle sexiness of the design.





This dress will be used in a photo shoot (on a mannequin), then I am going to donate it to the Cinderella Project at my local high school. Hopefully some young lady will like it and will feel like a million dollars at prom this year.

Happy sewing!

9 thoughts on “Pattern Review: Vogue 1374 Badgley Mischa Gown”

  1. Awesome dress! One question, though– what does one wear in terms of a bra with a dress whose back is that low?

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      I don’t think the original is designed for undergarments, but there are lots of options. Here’s one website that pops up at the top of a google search for backless bras (NAYY),31,style,3.htm?amsk=riejwn8874

  2. Ohh, it’s fabulous! Whoever is the recipient through the Cinderella project is definitely sure to feel and look amazing in it!

  3. Shams says:

    Wow, Ann, that is quite a stunning dress! I can’t help but think of Marilyn Monroe. 🙂

  4. sewsy says:

    Absolutely beautiful job, as always Ann. I made a Badgley Mischka gown for youngest DD’s prom. It is hands down the best drafted sewing pattern I’ve ever had the pleasure of making.

    Congratulations on a(nother) excellent piece of workwomanship.

  5. Tany says:

    Oh my, what a stunning gown! I Love it!!!

  6. leslie says:

    Thanks for the review and the sewing tips- I want to use this pattern for my wedding dress, and I have your Ariel’s Dream iridescent green sequins in my stash for the occasion!

    1. Gorgeous Fabrics says:

      OMGosh Leslie, that will be spectacular!!! I loved that fabric. Please send pictures so I can show you and your dress off??

  7. Nike says:

    Thanks for your review and lovely dress. I am quite new to sewing and trying to make this dress but for the life of me can’t understand the instructions of how to attach the drape/cowl to the back. Are you able to break down the instructions into simple laymen’s terms/idiots guide. Ta

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