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Review submitted in 2014 Little White Dress Contest Contest
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Reviewed by:aaltje
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Posted on:2/15/14 3:46 PM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 8829 by aaltje

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Pattern Photo:Vogue Patterns 8829
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Pattern Rating:Great Wardrobe Builder
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 4 people   
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Fabric:Cotton  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Dress with belt. Dress has loose-fitting bodice, back pleated into self-lined back yoke, and front-button band.
Pattern Sizing:
8-16
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
I think it does.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes they were, though at some points I followed an other way of construction. There is an easier way, or at least a way without less hand sewing. On a Belgian site there is instruction with photos, an attempt to explain is: rolling up the whole dress and fold the back yoke lining over these "rolls" until it can lie down on the shoulder seam. Stitch and turn, all the seams are inside, yoke is nice and flat.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I really like the versatility, the feminine silhouette, the separate button band. I wasn't too happy with the cap sleeves, well, I hoped they were more cap sleeves than the arm bands that they are. For the LWD I went for the short sleeves instead.
Fabric Used:
A lightweight chevron eyelet fabric.
Close-up of the fabric and the buttons (all different from each other, some very old)
And a picture of the complete set as I wanted to wear it with black, for a party, but unfortunately I was on a tight time frame for the picture taking business.
Party time
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
- I did an FBA (3 cm, that is a bit more than an inch) That was my personal challenge during the LWD contest, so I am really proud that it did turn out really well! Though I think I will change the direction of the dart a little - more from the waist up, it is a bit too straight now for my liking.
- I made the collar a bit pointier, so I redrafted the collar a little.
- I lined the skirt.
- On my muslin I topstitched the button- and collar band, because of the large amount of hand sewing that was involved.
- I left out the sash, but I must admit I do think the dress needs one, or a small belt. I don't have that many belts and sashes, so I do have to work on that...
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Well, in fact, I've already sewn this one twice, but a third one is always welcome, because I do want to try the other skirt variation and I might look for a cap sleeve to go with the dress. The dress is not difficult to sew (it is rated Easy), but I wouldn't recommend it as a first project, because in my opinion the collar/collar band/button band-construction is a fiddly business and it can get sloppy pretty easily (my seam ripper is never far away).
Conclusion:
A rather easy, versatile pattern that is fun to put together.
I did try it with a very beautiful ("wow" from DD's and DH) beaded vest, but the pictures didn't turn out all that beautiful.
Just for the idea
I will add pictures from the colored version of this pattern (the wearable muslin), but I'm down with the flu at the moment, so that'll have to wait a couple of days. (Hopefully the posing in the storm outside midwinter won't turn out to be a problem...)
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Quickie said...
This is a lovely style on you. I agree that today was no good for pictures in the garden. Too much wind. But you did manage in time for the contest. Hope you recover soon from the flu
2/15/14 4:24 PM
Jacqui315 said...
Yay! I'm glad you were able to review it in time. I love how versatile it is. Especially with the black slip underneath!
2/15/14 4:28 PM
annakeeton said...
Beautiful dress! This textured fabric seems ideal for this dress pattern.
2/15/14 6:15 PM
mmcp said...
I like yours so much better than the pattern cover picture--I never would have considered this one, but now it's on my list. Great job.
2/15/14 6:22 PM
Sew Good said...
I think you did a beautiful job on your FBA! The dress is lovely and fits you well. Nice job!
2/15/14 10:59 PM
sewingandalterations said...
Hope you get feeling better soon. The dress is great and fits so nicely!
2/15/14 11:16 PM
Baja Susana said...
I do the same thing with buttons, I like to use different colors, styles and shapes, and yours are a nice detail. The dress is a wonderful base for many looks. I hope you feel better soon.
2/16/14 10:08 AM
sewsewmom said...
Nice style on you. Hope you feel better soon.
2/16/14 10:52 AM
fattyboomboom said...
Eyelet! Love it! I agree that yours looks much better than the pattern photo. Congratulations on a fantastic dress!
2/17/14 8:01 PM
petro said...
That's a great shirtdress!
2/18/14 4:45 AM
AnneM said...
I like shirtdress idea for a LWD. It seems so appropriate. And yours turned out very nicely!
2/18/14 12:22 PM
KathleenS said...
Great shirt dress. I wouldn't have realised it came from this pattern.
2/19/14 5:01 AM
Ashford said...
Great Little White Dress Contest entry. I like the ways you demonstrated how to change it for the different occasions. Wearing items under, as well as over, to change the look is very clever. Your beaded vest will get heads turning to look twice when you wear it. I appreciate the warning about the collar. I would save this pattern for a time when I am not easily frustrated and discouraged.
2/19/14 3:33 PM
 
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