Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Vogue 8919 Dress


I bought this pattern, Vogue 8919, on a whim in December while in Georgia for Christmas--- while there I visited a H@ncock fabric shop for the first time.  They had Vogues on sale for only $3.99 (a buck cheaper then the sales the big box fabric store has in my neck of the woods.)  I really likes the simple piecing on the bodice along with the dolman-ish sleeves.  





It was a complete coincidence that I had fabric in my stash that is nearly identical to that of the drawing on the envelope!  This is a hunter green light/medium weight ponte and an abstract print mystery knit-- both from Fabric Mart's front room where everything was $2 a yard when I visited! They both are excellent at clinging to my black tights I was wearing.


I cut a size 16 and graded out at the hips a couple sizes.  I also created a back seam to help me fit the dress to my curvaceous back side better.  I had to take in the skirt a fair amount and contour the shape to my figure... I do not have a standard pattern model's shape, that's for sure.  I also added 1" (2.5cm) to the hem length.


Yeah, I didn't get the best rear shots and this one above isn't that great... ugh, the wrinkles... the lighting makes all sorts of wrinkles I did not see. I attached seam binding for the neckline and sleeves hems-- I made from strips of the green fabric. I then top stitched them with my sewing machine. All of the seams on the dress are done with a serger otherwise.

The sleeves were actually really baggy around the forearm in a strange looking way, I took them in about 3/4" (2cm).  The dolman-like sleeves are nifty.  These sleeves are too easy to set in it ridiculous. 





I used Easy Knit Tape along the hem to stabilize it and give a good, crisp edge.  I cut the tape in half down the middle since it's so wide, and pressed it to the inside bottom edge of the hem.  I folded the hem up once, this hides the white tape, and used a single straight long stitch.  I generally do not recommend single, straight stitches on knits, but on this occasion this hem will never have stress placed on it caused by pulling or movement.  This is a more casual dress and seeing top stitching on a hem is a-ok to me.


So this was (probably) my last super easy quickie, brainless sewing project for the moment.  I am pulling together some materials to knock-off this Burberry trench coat.  I really want some classic, well made pieces that I will have for years to come. This girl can't afford the $2200 price tag for that jacket so I think I am going to make my own.

16 comments:

  1. Yes please!!! This dress is fabulous!!!

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  2. Ha! You kill me! I'm using Vogue 8884. It was supposed to be in the mail yesterday but it wasn't! Dang it!

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  3. Lovely dress! And that coat is going to be fabulous.. can't wait to see it!

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  4. Great dress! Looks good with the belt. Looking forward to seeing your trench.

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  5. I love this dress! The fabric mix is great!

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  6. Love, love, love it!!!

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  7. Very pretty dress! The fabrics go great together. Best of luck with the coat!

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  8. Well hopefully you get all your goodies soon!

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  9. I love this pattern and that dress looks so comfy!

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  10. I think the mystery knit is a cotton knit from what I remember. I made some leggings out of it!

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  11. Thanks, Katie! I wasn't sure. I thought they looked like a perfect fabric for leggings! They have almost a denim-ish look to them.

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  12. Thanks!! It's like wearing pajamas... my goal for my daily life, wear clothes that feel like PJs :)

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  13. Thank you Kelly!!! I'm inching my way to getting my coat stuff together now.

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  14. Thank you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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  15. Thanks so much. It's not a mix I'd chosen my own if the envelope didn't have it pictured.

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  16. Thank you Monica! Going to start my muslin this weekend :)

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