Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Vogue Dress 8489

Carbon copy from Pattern Review; will change later.

Pattern Description:
MISSES' DRESS: Mid-knee or mid-calf dress with fitted bodice, has self-faced neck band and midriff, sleeve variations and center back zipper. A: contrast neck band and midriff. D: contrast neck band, sleeve bands and midriff. I made view A.
Pattern Sizing: B5(8-10-12-14-16), GG(18-20-22-24) I cut a size 10 and sewed between the 8/10. Always cut the larger size and adjust from there.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes.
Were the instructions easy to follow? The instructions were relatively easy to follow, there are a few sections were it was easier to view the picture or disregard the instructions completely. These sections were in regards to the contrasting areas of the midriff and neckline.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The zipper. It's a knit dress. As I mentioned there were a few chunks of the instructions I didn't like as well. If you are a busty person or have larger shoulders I would defiantly use the zipper, I did not, have no bust and am very petite. The dress slides over my head with no problems.
Fabric Used: A polyester blend jersey from Fabricland. The fabric was purchased after I bought some really 80's inspired shoes in teal and magenta. This leopard print in teal was MADE for those shoes.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: Omitted the zipper. Because the waistband and neckline ARE interfaced if you are anything over an A cup you may want to put the zipper in. Omitting the zipper made sewing the back a lot easier, less seams to play with.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I'm definitely sewing this dress again. It fits so well. Because of the zipper placement in the dress if I sewed a true size 10 instead of a hack between an 8/10 I might be able to get away with it in a chiffon or a matte jersey that has less or no stretch than the 4-way I used. Knowing me I'm stubborn enough to try it at least once.
Conclusion: I love this dress, it matches my shoes so well and it's a fun dress to wear to work or out for dinner. It's a modern dress with some flair. I'm making it again and very soon.