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Pattern Reviews> Vogue Patterns> 8985 (Misses' Tunic, Dress and Pants)

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Posted on:2/19/14 6:15 PM
Project Photo:Vogue Patterns: 8985 by highroad

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Pattern Rating:Easy & Great for Beginners
Review Rating: Helpful by 1 people    Very Helpful by 2 people   
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Fabric:Linen Blend  [See other projects in this fabric]
Pattern Description:
Loose-fitting pullover tunic or dress has mock bands, elasticized seamed waist, and side slits. A: self tie, button tab, and long sleeves rolled up. B: sleeve bands. Slightly tapered pants (loose-fitting through hips) have elastic waist. All have stitched hems. I made version B, the dress length with sleeve bands.

Pattern Sizing:
XS - XXL. I made the S but used the bodice length of the M. I would normally wear M (equivalent to 12-14), but this pattern has a lot of ease.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, for the most part. I think the sleeve bands land lower on my arm than they do in the envelope drawing, but not by much.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were straightforward and the dress came together easily. I do want to point out, though, that there were lots of little errors: reference to nonexistent notches, omission of buttons from the list of notions, "neck edge facing" where they mean to say "neck edge," etc. These aren't enough to be a problem for any but novice sewers, just something to be aware of.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This reminded me of one of my all-time favorite dresses from the late 1980s, so I love the overall shape, though I realize that connection might be a negative for some people. The elastic waist does have the effect of what my grandmother used to call "pillow with a string tied around the middle," so that's not so good. If I remake this some day I will taper in to the waist to get less volume there.

Fabric Used:
A black rayon/linen woven from Sawyer Brook Fabrics. I think it's gone now, but it was called Licorice and it was delightful to sew with.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As mentioned above, I combined the S side seams with the M bodice length.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think one is enough, but I might change my mind and make it up again some day in a drapier fabric and with some tapering in at the waist. I would recommend this pattern to anyone who likes the look and wants an easy make.

This dress does not provide a slimming silhouette, but it is a fun and easy make. You can see more on my blog.
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TJSEWS said...
I think you look great in your comfy dress!
2/19/14 9:50 PM
nicegirl said...
It doesn't look too voluminous in the photos--it fits right into the blouson style that is in right now. Cute dress!
2/20/14 10:30 AM
AuntieShel said...
This is so cute!! Thanks for pointing out this pattern!
2/20/14 10:53 PM
landstromd said...
thanks for the review. not sure now with your info if it will work for me, but yours looks great on you
5/30/14 1:55 PM
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