A Festive Fourth of July Dress – Vogue 8972 Pattern Review


I was invited to a wedding in Detroit, over the Fourth of July weekend.  I wanted to be weather appropriate and festive, and coordinate with my date, but instead of going dress shopping, I went fabric shopping.   He decided his tie and socks early on, and I decided to coordinate with them.  I also wanted a full skirt and a fitted bodice, so I dug into my patterns and came up with about four that might possibly work, then decided on one I hadn’t gotten a chance to make yet.  Vogue 8972, with it’s waist shaping and full skirt option, was my number one draft pick.  We went to Joann’s with no avail.  Then, on a last minute decision, we went to a liquidating Hancock Fabrics, and found the fabrics that said this dress was definitely meant to be.

As a pattern review, I made View D in a size 6 with an A cup bodice.   Oh yeah, let’s talk fabric! For the dress, the bodice – Red Shantung Satin, the midriff – Red, White, and Blue Plaid Cotton, and for the skirt – a Navy Blue that shimmers to Black Crinkle Taffeta. For the lining, bodice is self lined with the same Red Shantung Satin, the midriff is lined in a very lightweight White Satin, and the skirt is lined in Navy Blue Pongee Lining fabric.

As a design change/alteration, I used an invisible zipper and did not topstitch it.

I think it came out well. In future iterations I think I will scoop the neckline lower and possibly change to the B cup bodice pieces.  I also eventually want to make one of the sheath views.  By the way, the bolero is from McCalls 3033, with lengthened sleeves,  shaped back to match dress, and lined in plaid. 🙂  What can I say, I like to match. 🙂

A Twirl of Color Dress – Vogue 8997 Pattern Review

May we talk about Vogue 8997, please?  I know it’s been talked about a dozen times over by other people, but I think I love it.  I picked up this color splotched stretch cotton sateen at Hancock Fabrics last fall when the Spring Coordinates section went to 70% off.  Remember this dress from last fall?  Same fabric sale, so I had to get it.  I used a random white polyester stable knit that I found in pieces in the remnant bin to line it. I love them together.  The dress has some heft when you pick it up, but feels like a second skin when on.

Just look at it, the V-neck, the V-back, the full skirt, and guess what?  It has pockets!   Why did I wait so long to jump on the Vogue 8997 bandwagon?  🙂

As a pattern review, it’s described as “lined dress has princess seams, close-fitting bodice, raised waist, stitched hems, back zipper, and unlined sleeve variations.”  I sewed view B in a size 6.  I followed the directions except for slipstitching the shoulders.  I pulled them through the bodice and machine stitched them instead.


I love this dress. It feels great, the pockets are well placed and hidden. It twirls with abandon, and i want so many more iterations of it!  🙂

Stained Glass Dress – Vogue 9100 Pattern Review


Vogue 9100 has been a thorn in my side since last year when I purchased the pattern and discovered the skirt pieces were drafted incorrectly.  I was initially interested in it because the drawing on the envelope looked like a full skirt and I though it would be cute for summer.  I called and emailed Vogue, paid the postage to send it to them, they sent me another one with a coupon for a Butterick pattern supposedly to make up for me paying postage. I think that’s silly considering they screwed up a Vogue pattern, they should send me a coupon for a Vogue pattern to make up for my postage.  I barely glance at the Butterick catalog, so it’s still sitting somewhere unused.

The new pattern has been sitting waiting for me, so I decided that all that effort required me make the dress.  In the meantime I researched the pattern and learned that both the drawings on the envelope and the picture of the model on Vogue’s website are misleading. The model is wearing a petticoat to make the skirt appear full. It is not. Even though once i delved into the pattern I didn’t think I would be happy with the result, i went to Hancock Fabrics, picked out this pretty stained glass-esque fabric in peacock colors, and got to sewing.

As a pattern review, I made a size 10 of view A.  The instructions were easy to follow, however, you may want to make a muslin of the bodice (I did).  The construction order has sewing the shoulders as one of the last steps.

i thought I would like this one.  When it was done, I didn’t. I let it hang and look at me for a few days, and by the time I put it on to wear to work today, it had grown on me a little bit. I wouldn’t sew it again, it’s just not my usual aesthetic.:) Live and learn. 🙂

Another Wrap? Yes, Another Wrap Top – Vogue 8833 Pattern Review


I decided to try the well reviewed and documented, Vogue 8833, to see if it would work for me.  Surprise, it does!  It’s an ordinary wrap shirt, with options available to vary sleeves and collars. This pattern has been reviewed many times already and there’s nothing really new to add.

My quick pattern review is, I used the size 8, with the A cup option.  I chose it because It looked appropriate for work and I used left over red satin from the Tale of Two Dresses Saga earlier this year.  I made no design changes, and if given the right fabric would possibly sew it again.  I’ve made so many wrap type garments this year, it might be a while before that happens.  I would recommend the pattern, of course. It is a tried and true basic style.

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The Mardi Gras Dress – Vogue 9053 Pattern Review


I saw the pattern for this dress and had to have it.  I know it’s simple but look at the envelope photo.  The ice blue floor length dress, the brown girl with curly hair, it could so be me! LOL   Let’s talk about sizing on this one.  I went by the finished garment measurements printed on the pattern.  I decided that the most important piece to fit would be the waistband and went from there.

I ended up tracing out a 6, 10, and 12. The size 6 pieces I held up to myself and they seemed like they would be too small. I traced the 10 which also seemed too small, so I traced and made a muslin of the bodice in a 12. It was too large all over, so I made a muslin in the 10. I decided not to try to sew the 6 or 8 bodice to the 10 waistband and just made a straight size 10.

It is comfortable to wear, with the waistband size choice being perfect, but not quite as form fitting in the bodice as i prefer. As a pattern review, I made View A.  My only deviations were to alter construction order since I used an invisible zipper.

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As a note, I did not use a recommended fabric. I used a black confetti print cotton and lime green silk washed habotai for the lining.  I definitely will make this again, however, next time I may experiment with using the size 6 or 8 bodice and the 10 waistband. I do want to make the floor length one in the recommended fabric charmeuse. No, I don’t have an excuse to wear it, (unless pics for you all count :)), but I still want it. 🙂

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I Couldn’t Help It, It’s Shiny – Vogue 8921 Pattern Review


I couldn’t help it.  The shiny fabric had to come home with me.  It was supposed to become a pair of pants for dance, but as you can see it became a dress instead.

As a pattern review, I made View B of Vogue 8921.  

I chose the size (6) based on the finished garment bust measurement on the package (34 in).  I omitted the sleeves because it’s hot here (in the good old summertime) and I omitted the zipper, because my fabric is stretchy enough that I don’t mind pulling it on over my head.  I ended up cutting the back pieces on the fold to eliminate that seam.


This dress was relatively easy to put together, especially since I left off the zipper and sleeves. I would like to note that I’m pretty sure I cut my crossover pieces as directed and that means that they do not stretch across my body, so that tightened my waistline a bit. I prefer it, but if you want it to stretch you may want to alter the piece placement when you cut.


Overall, I like this pattern, and I will probably make both a shorter, tighter version as well as a floor-length version with sleeves for fall/winter.

Angel in a Blue Dress! – Vogue 8825 Pattern Review

This weekend, I resolved to buckle down and make something work appropriate.  I still have a chair back full of clothes that I can’t wear to work.  They have been patiently waiting to make their blog debuts, but until I get time to get the pictures done they will have to continue to wait.  I ended up making two dresses and this is the first.  One day I was flipping through Vogue patterns and this silhouette caught my eye. Hello, Vogue 8825 🙂

It is an older pattern and has been reviewed many times, often compared to styles from the 1970s, However, something about it spoke to me.  The gentle hourglass shaping, the sleeve gathered into the cuff, the V-neckline all drove me to check two different stores and hunt this pattern down.

As luck would have it, once I found the pattern, this sky blue nylon/spandex knit was waiting for me on the clearance table.  It was not the recommended weight, or even the necessary length listed on the pattern, however I loved the blue and thought that a solid color would show the sleek lines and details of this dress.  With careful piece placement, and the blessing of it being a 4 way stretch, I was able to cut all the necessary pieces with nothing but scraps left.

As a pattern review, the instructions were easy to follow and for the most part, and straight-forward.  The joining of the front sleeve piece to the bodice and back was slightly confusing since I followed the early instructions to clip to the small circle.  When I began sewing the pieces together it seemed like the clipped portion would end up on the outside and not the inside.  I stared at it for a bit, and and decided to pull the little pieces while stitching hoping that the slits would be on the interior and they ended up there. In another version I will not clip and see what happens. 🙂 I machine stitched the self facing to the back seam instead of slipstitching as per the instructions and I am satisfied with the result.

As a fitting note, Once the bodice is put together, it will not hang properly without the skirt attached.  The weight of the skirt pulls the bodice down, so be cautious if you are planning on making adjustments there.  Also, I did not adjust the hem, it is 1-1/4″ deep and I’m 5’8″.  I hope the pictures help give an accurate idea of where it will fall on those slightly shorter or taller.

Overall, I love this dress.  I think the silhouette is classic and timeless.  It wears well and i have full range of movement in it.  I even have an idea to modify it into a top (that is not a tunic) to wear for dance.  More to come on that later. 🙂