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Vogue Patterns: 8789 (Dress and Cummerbund) thumbsup - Type:Dresses    printable version
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Reviewed by:lalalauren
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Posted on:10/18/13 7:39 PM
Pattern Size:Plus-Sized Regular Petite 
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 8789 by lalalauren

Vogue Patterns: 8789 by lalalauren  Vogue Patterns: 8789 by lalalauren  
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Pattern Rating:Highly Recommend
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Pattern Description:
MISSES'/MISSES' PETITE DRESS AND CUMMERBUND: Pullover dress has fitted bodice, skirt front/back cut-in-one, no right side seam, and left side zipper. A: bias bodice. B: button/loop shoulder closing, dress cut on crosswise grain of fabric. Bias, self-lined cummerbund has hook/eye closure.
I made view A.

Pattern Sizing:
6-22. I made a size 12 with petite adjustments and then some.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It really did!

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, I found the instructions very basic, although I didn't follow them exactly where they suggested turning the facings under by 1/4" and stitching them down to form a neat edge. I just overlocked my facing edges.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love how smart the bias bodice is! The chevron effect looks really great and would work with a wide variety of fabrics. The cummerbund is essential for this dress, as it breaks up the busy pattern and gives the waist definition.
I would make a few suggestions (additions) to the pattern instructions, including advising sewists to cut out on a SINGLE LAYER. It would be virtually impossible to match your stripes on a double cutting layer. I'm not sure why Vogue would ignore such an obvious tip!

Fabric Used:
Retro Depot cotton poplin from Spotlight (Australia). I paid $9/metre and used almost all 4.4 metres. I reckon I could have got away with four as I shortened the skirt by about 5 inches.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I ordinarily need an FBA but I didn't make one with this pattern because the finished measurements were suitable - 38" finished bust for my 36.5". I did make the petite adjustments and took further length out of the back waist to eliminate back neck gaping.

I strongly suggest anyone making this dress using stabilising tape under the self-facing on the front and back necklines. My muslin for this dress gaped like hell and, being cut on the bias, the neckline would have continued to stretch out of shape the more times the dress is taken on and off. I used a piece of stabilising tape cut 1/8" shorter than the neckline and this eased it in a teensy bit. I pressed my neckline after stabilising it and it doesn't gape at all - a real miracle for someone with a full bust and narrow shoulders such as myself!

I also put the waist stay in but ended up removing it as it was a fair bit bigger than my waist and I couldn't see the point of it when you wear the dress with a cummerbund.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Unless I find fabric that screams "sew V8789 with me", I may not sew this dress again. Don't get me wrong, it's a wonderful pattern and I have received many compliments from wearing it just once, but I just have so many other patterns competing for my attention.

Conclusion:
This is a lovely dress I imagine would have been worn by housewives in the 50s. One of my friends described it as "a classic silhouette you could make dozens of versions of", and it's true. It didn't really take a huge amount of time to sew after I got my fit issues sorted, and the cummerbund is great for giving the wearer that perfect hourglass shape.

Thank you for reading my review. I have posted more photos and details on my blog. Thanks again.
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tiadia said...
I love this dress! It's gorgeous.
10/18/13 9:47 PM
talesofawannabe said...
This is gorgeous! This looks so realistically vintage. Great work!
10/18/13 10:06 PM
Nessahux said...
What a lovely make - your fabric choice is perfection and you look stunning in this!
10/18/13 10:17 PM
margy.64 said...
This is an adorable dress. Love the chevron detail and the cummerbund.
10/19/13 4:54 AM
Danmar said...
Unique and wonderful!
10/19/13 7:17 AM
VivianZ said...
Very cute and stylish! It works as a vintage that fits today's styles.
10/19/13 7:47 AM
sew4grands said...
Your dress is lovely, I can remember wearing this type of dress back in the day, my Mother made them for me, one was white with red flowers and a red cumberbund.
10/19/13 8:04 AM
meadowclark said...
Wonderful dress. Great fabric and fit.
10/19/13 8:33 AM
atymonw said...
Beautiful work on this dress! I love it.
10/19/13 12:56 PM
MelissaB in WA said...
What a gorgeous dress! And color me green with envy you're going toward summer - I miss it all ready in the northern hemisphere. Autumn is too cold for me!
10/19/13 1:18 PM
FreyaStark said...
That fabric suits the pattern perfectly, and you've done well to nail your fit problems so cleverly. A lovely dress and a useful review.
10/20/13 0:40 AM
lamstu said...
This is one gorgeous dress - you really nailed everything: style, fit, colour, and fabric come together perfectly.
10/20/13 9:34 AM
imsewcrazy said...
Very pretty dress. I love your fabric choice. And the dress looks fabulous in you!
10/20/13 2:36 PM
lalalauren said...
You are all too kind! Thank you!
10/22/13 9:04 AM
KamiSue2 said...
Love it! And the fabric is perfection with it!
10/22/13 9:59 PM
Roxthinks said...
Wow! She's a beauty! I looked at the technical drawings: the back and front bodice pieces looks the same... are they?
3/29/14 1:12 PM
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