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Vogue Patterns: 8943 (Misses' Dress and Slip) - Type:Dresses
Review submitted in Cocktail Outfit Contest Contest    printable version
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Review rated Helpful by 4 people    Very Helpful by 14 people   
Reviewed by:sewin
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Posted on:12/21/13 6:16 PM
Last Updated:12/29/13 3:05 PM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 8943 by sewin

Vogue Patterns: 8943 by sewin  
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Pattern Rating:Difficult, but great for Advanced Sewers
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Pattern Description: Dress and slip: Dress has bias shoulder and armhole binding, fitted bodice, yokes, and purchased ribbon belt. Fitted slip has shoulder straps and side slits.

Pattern Sizing:Misses 8-16

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Exactly. I loved the look on the envelope and kept everything the same.

Were the instructions easy to follow? They were good instructions for the most part. I haven't done any couture sewing in a long time so some concepts were new to me such as encasing the seams in bias tape.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I found evening out the hem challenging. I didn't sew the lace and the organza skirt together. This was an option on the pattern. I think if I made the dress again, I would sew them together. Evening out the lace and the organza was difficult. I guess I'm not used to doing big full skirts. I finally put a hand on the inside and outside of the skirt and smoothed down and pinned the both layers together at the bottom all around and then flipped the scallop up and cut the organza. I'm sure there are easier ways, but I couldn't think of any at the time. I haven't hemmed the organza yet. I am getting a serger for Christmas and will use it to do a rolled hem.

Oh, I also pulled a real lulu. I was working late one night and put a hot iron on the back of the lace skirt. A big hole melted. I called myself stupid about 10 times, but after I calmed down, I was able to sew a lace patch over the hole by hand and it was invisible for the most part.

I love the finished product. It is everything I imagined. I probably didn't realize how much work I was in for at the outset but I don't regret it at all.

Fabric Used: A black lace from Hancock fabric's underlined with organza. I used a poly silk for the underslip which I lined with itself.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made a muslin to fit my daughter. I haven't sewn for anyone else in a long time and am determined to master fitting my daughter, daughter in law and granddaughter. The muslin helped tremendously. I now have a pretty good idea how to fit my daughter in the future. I had to tweak the pattern for my daughter but it wasn't anything too difficult.

I modified the suggested way to finish the lace skirt hem and the neckline and sleeves. The scallop on my lace fabric was very wide so I purchased a narrow black lace trim. The lace was gathered onto a narrow band. I carefully cut the band off and cut close to the scallops on the lace. Then I sewed the lace scallops onto the edges of the lace skirt, neck and sleeves as suggested in the instructions, trimming off the dress lace that protruded past the lace scallop. This made a pretty finish and it was actually very easy to do.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I would recommend it to anyone who doesn't mind spending a good bit of time making something you really love. This is definitely not for beginners, although I don't think it is as hard as tailoring a suit. The construction was pretty straightforward. There was just a lot of fabric to work with and fine finishing such as hand sewing the zipper in. Putting the scallop on the hem and neck and sleeve edges turned out to be a really easy way to finish those edges.

Conclusion: My daughter and I don't always have the same taste but we both fell in love at first sight with this pattern. I call it the Audrey Hepburn dress. I wanted to make a dress that made my daughter who is a hardworking mother of two boys feel like a princess when she put it on. I think I succeeded. I'm more in love with sewing than ever and can't wait to learn the next thing. Love the inspiration I get from all you pattern reviewers out there.
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MrsCharisma said...
This dress made up just as amazingly as I thought it would! It's BEAUTIFUL!!!!!!!! Good save on the hole. I think we've all put a hole or two in accidentally :)
12/21/13 7:05 PM
chenille said...
Just beautiful and she does look like a princess!
12/21/13 9:01 PM
SewLibra said...
Absolutely gorgeous and well worth the time you spent! Your daughter looks so pretty in it. I also have had accidental holes and cuts in my work and it makes me crazy! ;-) All you can do is what you did, and fix it to the best of your ability.
12/21/13 9:15 PM
Amanda S. said...
Just plain beautiful!
12/21/13 9:50 PM
AdaF said...
Just gorgeous! I'm sure your daughter is ecstatic about the dress. You did a wonderful job!
12/21/13 11:37 PM
Scheri said...
Your daughter looks absolutely glowing. Great work.
12/22/13 0:13 AM
ArtAttack said...
Wow! This is gorgeous! She looks beautiful in it...and happy!
12/22/13 2:11 AM
Quickie said...
You made your daughter very happy with this dress, I can see it in her face. Dress is gorgeous
12/22/13 3:14 AM
Sherry440 said...
So beautiful on you!! How did you know it would look so good on you?! Red carpet perfect! Does the lace itch?? I wonder.
12/22/13 3:57 AM
jlg said...
Lovely! So glad that you reviewed this pattern.
12/22/13 6:44 AM
mmcp said...
I think the fit you got on this dress is amazing--and she looks really beautiful in it! So glad it was a patchable lace hole--I once did that to a satin skirt and the dress was unsalvageable.
12/22/13 7:26 AM
Woolygal said...
I congratulate you. This is one beautiful piece of work. It's the reason we sew. Perfect fit.
12/22/13 7:50 AM
Danvillegirl said...
So glad you were able to fix the lace melt! Very pretty dress!
12/22/13 8:40 AM
LlanoGirl said...
Very, very beautiful, great job! I wish my Mom had sewn something like that when my three kids were small!
12/22/13 9:10 AM
mnitts said...
What a great mom you are making this for your beautiful daughter. Great job!
12/22/13 9:22 AM
caper81 said...
Gorgeous dress on your very beautiful daughter! And yes, good save on that hole! I've scorched some fabric on one project and had to cut a new pattern piece:( Glad you didn't have to with this one! Very "Audrey Hepburn";)
12/22/13 9:54 AM
Sue Parrott said...
Wow, it is just beautiful!!!
12/22/13 10:20 AM
cmarie12 said...
Stunning! Simply stunning!
12/22/13 12:16 PM
slmstyle said...
Gorgeous! Not only did you make a beautiful dress, but you got to learn about couture sewing techniques. That's a win-win kind of pattern to sew!
12/22/13 1:33 PM
sewin said...
Thank you all for the lovely comments. That's one of the things I love about pattern review, the wonderful support the members show for one another. It's just the icing on the cake of creating a garment.
12/22/13 4:35 PM
carolynw said...
Gorgeous dress - your daughter looks so elegant in it. Great work
12/22/13 7:31 PM
DJWa said...
Gorgeous! I would think your daughter should feel like a princess in that dress! Audrey Hepburn dress - how appropriate!
12/22/13 10:47 PM
ggf2005 said...
12/23/13 12:55 PM
mesewlot said...
This dress is absolutely beautiful and very elegant!
12/23/13 11:29 PM
wexford said...
Wow, what a stunning dress!
12/24/13 1:45 AM
Sindy in PA said...
You created such a lovely fit - it looks like an A+ quality garment. Fantastic!
12/27/13 11:03 AM
JanElise said...
Beautiful labor of love! It looks very RTW and perfect fit.
12/28/13 9:48 AM
3kids1036 said...
This is gorgeous!
12/29/13 3:07 PM
SewWil said...
Gorgeous dress!!!
12/29/13 7:44 PM
Melwyk said...
Really stunning! It's a perfect fit, and looks beautiful and natural on your daughter. Thank goodness you could fix the lace and continue on!
12/29/13 10:43 PM
MamaSewing said...
Simply gorgeous!
12/30/13 10:17 AM
Aroura said...
Such a professional and amazing dress, what a lucky daughter! She looks stunning!
1/1/14 3:52 AM
Baja Susana said...
lovely dress, and your daughter looks wonderful. Haven't we all done something like melting the fabric? You saved it and made a perfectly beautiful dress for your daughter.
1/2/14 4:16 PM
madbadger said...
Beautiful - well worth all your effort!
1/3/14 11:36 AM
butterflyfly said...
Just stunning! Your daughter does look like a princess indeed!
1/4/14 10:30 AM
Margaret said...
Very elegant! Looks great on your daughter!
1/5/14 7:59 AM
sewin said...
Thanks for the kind comments ladies. Your encouragement means so much to me. My daughter loves the dress and she said she did feel like a princess wearing it. Mission accomplished!
1/6/14 3:22 PM
mcbrow said...
Congratulations! You are an inspiration!
1/10/14 11:24 AM
wildberrymom said...
What a fabulous dress! Great job and great review.
1/10/14 11:49 AM
Cosso said...
Your dress looks beautiful. Think I would be inclined to attache the hip yoke to the waist and make the skirt one piece as the join in the front is markedly obvious in this Vogue pattern, esp if the underskirt is lighter than the top lace.
1/21/14 5:22 AM
Lenarciak said...
Wonderful! Great job!
1/28/14 7:50 AM
missdin said...
I love it! I just bought this pattern and plan to make it in white for the spring/summer.
2/11/14 5:02 PM
sewin said...
Can't wait to see your version Msdinn.
2/12/14 9:14 AM
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