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{ VOGUE 8827 } Ready for Autumn…

She’s done. Finally.  Autumn can now begin. Vogue8827_front

Many of you have probably already seen my previous posts on the journey thus far with the Vogue 8827 and while Ive had my fair share of hurdles from the “ready steady”, I have quite enjoyed the process.

After sewing multiple no-brainers all summer, like the McCalls 6751 (eerhm twice) to the DKNY LBD and the New Look 6150 (again twice), I decided it was time to dig into something a little more advanced. Vogue8827_back

So without further ado, here are the deets on the pattern :

{ DESCRIPTION } Very loose-fitting, wrap dress. Has front extending into collar with various draped fronts. Self-lined yoke back, inside ties & belt. I sewed up a mash-up of all three versions. I sewed View C with only one draped collar front, 3/4 sleeves & knee-ish length.

{ FABRIC USED } A beautiful berry coloured viscose jersey for €6/m. The colour is perfect for Autumn but the fabric did have me cursing a little.

{ SIZING } After ready a few of the previous reviews on PR I decided to cut my dress 2 sizes smaller.The fabric I used was super stretchy so I knew Id have room. The lovely ladies from A Challenging Sew and The Slapdash Sewist  have extremely helpful reviews on this dress so taking all the measurements into account, I knew I wouldnt bugger up.

{ INSTRUCTIONS } The instructions are not bad overall however the complicated collar area could have been a little better explained IMO.

{ CHANGES / ALTERATIONS } The instructions call for slip stitching of the yoke facing inside. I was able to pin & sew my yoke on the inside which I was happy about….less handstitching makes me a happy camper. I did however have to slipstitch the shoulder yoke facings down but this took no time at all.

I made quite a big change to the way the belt ties work. I sewed one tie to the left side which passes under the right side so you dont see the stitch line. I then made a small-ish hole in the right side seam for the tie to pass through & wrap right around my waist & meet in the front. For the right side, I opened a small gap in the seam & sewed in the tie (which is another reason I left this side faced). In other words, I made the wrap dress a proper wrap dress with ties that wrap around the entire body. I feel its a little more secure this way & I feel like I have more control over how loose or how tight I want it to be. Vogue8827_tie Vogue8827_tie_hole

When I first sewed the collar (which is self-faced), I didnt like the drape of the extended front piece & I was debating on whether to remove the facing. Some of you lovelies urged me to leave it the way it was which I decided to do & Im glad I did. Thanks for the advice. I think if I had changed the collar to a single, unfaced piece, it just wouldnt have felt or looked right. While the second layer of fabric adds bulk, its not terribly heavy & gives the much needed body around the neck. Here is a pic of the collar extended…. Vogue8827_front_collar

For the hemming of the dress & the sleeves, I zigzagged my edges & turned them over once & stitched really close to the edge. Its not the best finish in the world but it works.

{ LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY }  Vogue call this pattern Easy…I beg to differ. I wouldnt call it easy but I wouldnt call this pattern intermediate either. Its more a combination of the two. The dress is easy if you didnt have that complicated collar. I would not recommend this pattern to a beginner unless I knew they had someone who could guide them through the collar. The rest of the dress however is pretty straight forward.

{ TIME } I didnt keep my usual time card on this dress unfortunately but I would say from layout to finishing took around 6 or 7 hours in total. I stole moments here & there to get this dress finished & made a few stupid errors along the way ie. the one yoke is a little off grain. Not sure HTF that happened!

{ SUM IT UP } I recommend this dress & I would even recommend it in a crepe or something drapey but not necessarily a jersey/knit. Ive seen a few made in cotton which work well too so dont feel obliged to make this in a stretch.  Super comfortable & incredibly flattering which reminds me of a DVF classic wrap dress, without the price tag of course. Even if I counted all my beans & decided I could afford an original DVF, I wouldnt need to because I have this gorgeous piece of berrylicious loveliness. I will get plenty of wear out of this over Autumn but I know nearing Winter I will need to layer it with some other things to make it wearable over the colder days. In hindsight, I could have gone with a much thicker jersey which might also have been easier to work with.Vogue8827_side

Would I sew this again ? Maybe, but with there being so many other superbly drafted wrap dresses I doubt it. I also have that queue to get through…

Am I happy with the overall result? Yeah, mostly. This isnt my best sewing due to the fact that the fabric is fairly troublesome but overall its a great finish.  Im super chuffed with my new dress & I cant wait to make tons of use of it over the coming cooler seasons.

Thanks for popping by x

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{ V1207 } Wildest dreams dress…

V1207_frontv1207_closeupI call this my Wildest dreams dress for 2 reasons.

1. The colours

2. I sewed this during a crazy crazy year of 7am to 7pm work { PLUS } evening studies & exams trying to get my degree finished. Where I found the time to still sew I have no freakin’ idea.

2011 was a {BLUR}

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I found the fabric at Fabricland on our Christmas 2010 Canadian visit. They had this awesome deal of buy 2m get another gratis. I left things in Canada just so I could get my fabric stash home 🙂 I unfortunately have not worn this dress much due to the shitty weather conditions since finishing it however with some luck, I should be making use of it this summer!

You may read the PR review here so I dont need to repeat myself..Im merely continuing with documenting the pieces ive sewn in the past when I have the time/remember!

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{ BURDASTYLE 04-2010-112 } Frills & thrills…

Mama mia, am I on a sewing extravaganza or what ?!….

This BurdaStyle pattern was featured in the April 2010 magazine as both a top & a dress version. I chose to make the top because I thought the dress might be a little shapless & to be honest, I did not want to line it. After you see my fabric choice, you will see why this ‘milkshake woulda brought all the boys to the yard” { WHAH } 🙂BurdaStyle_frills

see what I mean??? totally sheer ….

I used a poly chiffon sari (which I already had in my stash). Bright & cheerful all ready for summer to roll around. I can wear this with my white linen pants or with my denim shorts or a skirt, also over my cozzie…endless opportunities!BurdaStyle_frills_front

Ok, so now for the deets :

{ DESCRIPTION }  Blouse with elasticated off the shoulder frills.

{ FABRIC USED } As mentioned, I used a brightly coloured, printed & embroided poly chiffon adorned with specks of silver glitter (what appear to be white dots in the pics)! I photographed this top with a white tank top underneath to show the colour.

{ SIZING } I cut my usual BS size & it was spot on, although, the front & back really is just a box with armhole cutouts. The elasticated shoulder bits you can make whatever size you want….

{ INSTRUCTIONS } I did not use them, not only were they not in my language (from years of living in foreign countries) but the blouse was super simple to put together using your common sense.

{ CONSTRUCTION / ALTERATIONS  / CHANGES } Im not really a frilly kinda gal so instead of three frills, I only used two. I also used french seams on the frills area & in hindsight should have used french seams to the side seams as well – alas I did not! I used a bias binding to finish off the arm areas which worked a charm.

{ LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY } * easy however since I used a chiffon, it made the hemming of the frills a { NIGHTMARE } , real pain in the ass. Chiffon is difficult to work with at the best of times but then I remembered { SPRAY STARCH }. What a revelation!!! I sprayed the edges lightly & let it set for a few minutes. Miracles do happen, the fabric became so much easier to turn over & stitch. WARNING : dont be over zealous with the starch though because there is such a thing as too hard!! haha.

{ SUM IT UP } A really cute little top. I would recommend it only if you have the patience with those frills though (depending on what fabric you choose of course).BurdaStyle_frills_back

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{ VOGUE 1027 } DKNY Finally…

V1027_front1Can you believe I finally got to sew V1027? Ive had this pattern since 2011…not sure why it took so long…oh yeah I do remember now, full time work plus evening studies & add a dash of relocating. { THATS WHY } Now that I have the time, Im munching my way through all the projects Ive been longing to make in the past few years so the PR Pattern Stash Contest seemed like a good excuse!

This dress has had great reviews on PR so I cant say Im too surprised with the results. It was super easy to sew up & its a { DREAM } to wear. Honestly…I think this first time experience with V1027 has left me so enamoured, that I may just start an affair with it….

V1027_frontOk, so now for the deets :

{ DESCRIPTION }  Calf length DKNY dress with semi-fitted, pleated and lapped bodice & in-seam pockets

{ FABRIC USED } a black & white  rayon lycra found at Fabricland in Canada during our Christmas 2010 visit. I knew instantly the fabric would become this dress even though at the time, I didn’t even have the pattern yet. During the course of 2011, I must have taken this pattern & fabric out a million times to start, but never got there & I could just kick myself now.

{ SIZING } taking the advice from many PR members, I cut one size smaller than my size however mine is still a tad bit big & I could quite easily take another inch off each side. I know now that I could quite easily have gone down 2 whole sizes & the fit would have been perfect. Since we know there will be many more of these dresses produced in my house, I can make the tweak with the next one.

{ INSTRUCTIONS } were easy to follow although I did not follow them 100%.

{ ALTERATIONS  / CHANGES } apart from the sizing, I also omitted the pockets which Im very glad I did as well as the elastic bit. My fabric is quite heavy & drapes really well so I feel like the pockets may have weighed the side seams down a little. I constructed my waist tie by simply turning right sides together, stitching to the notches & turning out rather than constructing the advised way. I also tapered my tie ends slightly.  I did not use the arm facings & simply turned over edges & sewed without any problems.

{ LEVEL OF DIFFICULTY } * easy & quick

{ SUM IT UP } I loved sewing this dress. Its effortless & quick, but looks RTW in a matter of hours. Highly recommended & definitely a new favourite.V1027_backmmmay2013_day21