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|Vogue Patterns: 8870 (Misses Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Pattern Rating:||Easy & Great for Beginners |
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|Available for sale on PR: $18.00 (See envelope) |
|Fabric:||Polyester Charmeuse [See other projects in this fabric]|
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MISSES' DRESS: Pullover dress has loose-fitting, blouson bodice variations, elasticized (seamed) waist, side pockets and narrow hem. Wrong side shows on back hemline. A: mock wrap, front pleated bodice, and two-piece sleeves. Note: no provisions provided for above waist adjustment. B: elasticized upper back.
I made view A which is the shorter, raglan-sleeved dress with a high-low hem and elastic waist.
Y(XSmall-Small-Medium), ZZ(Large-XLarge-XXLarge). I made a size Small which is a full size down from what I would normally make in wovens (usually size 14) and something I have never done (and had fit well) with Vogue patterns on wovens. Sizing is the key to success with this pattern as there is a ton of design ease, some of which you will want and some you will most likely not with this style. This goes from chic to milk maid in a hurry so spend some time looking at the finished garment measurements on the pattern tissue and really think out any adjustments you may want to make.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very much so! I think as long as you note the 7/8" seam allowance on the bodice/skirt seam (and make sure you don't serge or trim that off other than as directed, i.e. trim bodice part of that seam only, not the skirt part), there's really nothing to get snagged on with these.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
- I love how the sleeves are drafted on this, not just the raglan style but how it sits and looks, very sharp.
- I really like the cutting layout for this and how optimized it is. I didn't mind the back skirt being two pieces with my print and appreciated Vogue squeezing this into 2 yards for a fairly full dress.
- I found this to be a comfortable dress to wear. I don't tend to wear too many woven dresses, but I can see wearing this more often due to the ease/comfort of wearing.
- I actually like the facings on this and haven't had any issue with them popping out. The nice thing is you have multiple places with the raglan to tack them down to seam allowances and with the understitching, they behave well.
- Love, love, love the pockets - no bulk worries here with the ease in this one either so bring on the pockets! = )
- Amount of design ease incorporated into this is out of whack IMHO however can completely be saved if you spend some time up front studying the finished measurements and looking at how it's drafted.
- Bodice seems pretty low and easy to gape as drafted to wear and not put on a show. I'm very glad I added 1/2" to each center piece!
A polyester/lycra stretch charmeuse from Fabric.com. I used Pro-Sheer Elegance Light fusible interfacing from Fashion Sewing Supply - love all their interfacing!
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I added 1/2" to the bodice center front and therefore adjusted the same on the front facing piece as seen here. I just made my adjustments to the bodice front and then laid the facing piece on top of it and made it match before cutting out my pieces. I'm very happy with this adjustment and how it turned out as the bodice is just right - still looks nice but isn't too revealing and can wear it as-is without worry. I should note I graded out to 1/2" fairly quickly at the top of the bodice.
- I did French seams on the skirt center back seam, bodice sides and both sleeve seams. I didn't do it on the skirt sides due to the pockets, just used my serger instead.
- I understitched the pocket seams on front/back pieces before joining them together. Burda always has you do this, and I love how it does so I did it on these as well.
- I serged the raw edge of what becomes the top of your elastic casing (the skirt 7/8" seam allowance from the join to the bodice) after trimming the bodice seam allowance part of it. I was sewing with fraying fabric so finishing the edge becomes a must so I would recommend this as it worked well, just don't trim any of that seam allowance off, only the raw edge.
- For the skirt hem, I ended up serging the raw edge, flipping twice, pressing in between and topstitching which looks sharp and kept it consistent.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I'm really happy with this dress! I'm not sure if I will sew it again, just because I don't tend to do that much with the backlog of what I want to sew, but I enjoyed making this one up so who knows! I would highly recommend this dress however spend some time up front determining the right size (and be open to doing something different for Vogue patterns as I did - I would never have cut a woven size smaller) as this will make or break you.
Also prove that you need to make adjustments you would be inclined to make. I could have sworn I would need to widen the back around the shoulders (broad shoulders) but after pinning it up on my dress form, not the case! The waist/hip on this has just absurd amounts of ease so if you normally draft a larger size on bottom, you may not want to do this as you'd end up with gobs gathered around your waist come elastic time. Luckily Vogue gives you the finished garment measurements so use them wisely! Also watch the bodice height and add at least 1/2" to it if you're concerned. I would recommend adding to it as I did rather than just overlapping it more when you cross the bodice front pieces as that would impact how it rests and how and where the pleats hit and believe me from what I saw in studying this, there is little wiggle room in this design for these to be off.
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