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|Vogue Patterns: 8904 (Misses Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||9/8/13 3:58 PM |
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|Fabric:||Cotton Jersey [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: Close fitting pullover dress in two lengths with raw edged tiers and self neck binding. Sleeveless with armhole binding or sleeves.|
I hadn 't really considered this pattern till I saw it reviewed and decided it looked interesting and when I showed it to my husband, commenting that it was a favourite of a member's husband he encouraged me to go ahead! So thank you reviewers.
Pattern Sizing: 6-22, in view of other reviews I went up a size and cut a 14 top narrowing to 12 at the hips. I guess the amount of ease depends very much on the fabric and if I was to sew It again in a similar weight fabric I would probably opt to go for my normal sizing ie 10 -12. I think I could have coped with a closer fit in the top.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were very clear and other people have commented on the ease of construction. It was an easy pattern and I had expected to run this up in no time at all. In reality it took me much longer than I expected.
First decision - how long should I make it? This is important if you are doing a selvedge on the lower edge of the bottom tier as I did, cut so as to have vertical stripes. I wanted the short version but not as short as in the photo, but how tall is the model? 6 ft! I checked the measurements but even then I was still conscious of the fact that being close fitting it would probably "ride up". In the end I added 2" to the base dress and lower tier. I am 5 ft 2". Considering I normally shorten by about 3" this was quite a change! In reality an additional 1" would probably have been ok. The lower edge of the base dress wasn't cut as a selvedge so it would have been possible to cut it longer, baste the side seams, try it for size and then make a decision.
Second decision - do I leave raw edges or go for a hem? The fabric I had for the tiers was a fine, quite a good quality jersey and it didn't appear to either fray or roll. I went for raw edges. This was a good choice, the fabric was terrific. The tiers were cut straight along a stripe and lay completely flat and looked very neat. ( Was really pleased with this)
The bottom edge of both the sleeves and the lower tier used the selvedge edge.
I had purchased the striped jersey intending to make a top . When I thought it would be suitable for this I didn't have sufficient so I went and purchased a lightweight black jersey fabric for the base dress. I think this is where my problems started. I found that there was a different amount of stretch in them and when I started to put the shingles (cut partly on the bias) on the base dress (cut straight) they were a different size! The increase in size of the shingles wasn't uniform down the edge because of the bias grain.
When cutting out the tiers, if the bottom edge of both back and front tiers are cut straight across the same stripe they should readily match up at the side seams. Because of the movement/stretch in my fabric this proved to be rather more difficult than it should have been. I kept checking and double checking and when I came to sew the side seams I did one section at a time. At times I also had to go back and increase the lower section of the seam allowance of the tier in order for it to lie flat on the base dress.
The lower edge of the base dress not being a selvedge did have a bit of a tendency to roll but careful pressing seemed to get rid of this. The bottom tier also stretched and is a bit longer than the base dress. I am just a bit annoyed that they are not exactly the same length as they should have been. In one review someone had omitted the lower tier as their base dress was the same fabric . This seems like a good idea though I couldn't have done it with my fabric as it was too thin. (I might also be a bit concerned that I would feel a bit colder in that section if there was only one layer! )
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I liked the close fitting shape, the interesting design, the bateau neckline with the striped neck binding.
While I like the asymmetry in this dress I did initially feel it a bit strange that the stripes on the very top tier run at an angle. I sort of felt that they should be straight. However if this had been the case the lower edge would not have run along a striped edge. I cut each lower edge of the tiers on a black stripe as I thought this would be more noticeable.
Fabric Used: Striped cotton jersey for outer layers and a plain black jersey for base dress.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I cut out the pattern exactly as it was with the lower skirt having a bit of a tulip shape to it. After I had put the side seams together I didn't like the way the vertical stripes on the lower tier looked so I reshaped it, taking out the curve and matched up the vertical stripes so that they were all running straight down. Because of the "extra" fabric which developed this worked out ok. If I had thought about this I would have cut them straight right from the start.
The pattern suggests that the side seams are sewn with a double seam. I presume this is to not only strengthen the seams but to aid in the neatening . By now I had decided that I could reduce the size slightly so I started to sew about an 1/8 th " in from the seam rather than in the seam allowance. This was a mistake, not only did it pucker the seam it threw out the matching of the stripes ever so slightly. Fortunately as I was keeping a close eye on it I didn't do the whole seam as I had to go back and unpick it.
Normally I would use an overlocker to do the seams in a jersey dress but in this case I couldn't chance it because of all the checking I had to keep doing.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes I would recommend it. Using two different fabrics may be preferable in some instances, particularly if it the dress is thick. It's just a case of being careful and being aware that two different fabrics may react rather differently. I would also recommend raw edges IF the fabric is suitable.
It is a bit difficult to work out how much fabric is needed as the pattern quotes for contrasts for the short dress. I had purchased 1.4 m of the striped fabric and just managed to squeeze everything out (it could have been 1.5 m if I was given a bit extra) I purchased I m for the base dress or even less would do as it is only the dress length required.
I may perhaps make a bright sleeveless striped version next summer and am thinking about a plain version but as it is quite distinctive I think I need only one striped dress like this.
Conclusion: A great pattern that is a little bit different.
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