Vogue 8685 with Latte flavor version
Who says it’s better to wear darker colors in the winter? And who says white makes you look fat?!…
I have my coffee latte at one hand and going through some magazines for an inspiration piece for my next sewing project and I realize that I still haven’t tried out one of my recent purchases from Vogue Patterns. So I rushed to my fabric stash and started searching for a nice piece of fabric that I could use for this intriguing pattern. As it turned out, I did not have one piece enough to make a dress, but two great fabric pieces that would either look great together or would make me look like a cup of Coffee Latte! (i’m hoping that I succeeded in getting the former result…)
Most of you would remember the v8685 from earlier collections of Vogue Patterns. Although I had my eye on this pattern for a long time, I could not sew my version of one of the 6 versions presented in the pattern envelope.
The dress on the model looks like it would go perfect with a lightweight fabric. But my enthusiasm to use the pattern was too much to wait for couple of more months. So I decide that I would go for a two color look and keep the eye-catching effect of a white dress.
Although the seams on the bust look quite intriguing at first sight, on my first fitting, I realized that it was for flat chest chics and would create a magnifier effect for an average cup size chic like myself! But at that point I had already cut my fabric and couldn’t alter the pattern. So instead of crying for my bad luck, I overstitched the seams and created quite a nice look in the end.
The best part of this pattern is the way they’ve hidden the pleats in the circular cuts. I thought that since I had a very limited amount of fabric, I could go for a layered look with my coffee latte colors and make the dress look even more interesting.
As for the long sleeved version of the dress, I think there’s a serious problem in the patterning. The size of the sleeves looked gigantic and I had to reduce the width of the sleeves quite a lot in order to get a sleek look. FYI…
As for the skirt part, I kept the layered look and stitched the waist part onto the skirt part on contrary to the pattern instructions. The truth is I still have problems in finishing the circular seams in a clean way.
Although I’m not fond of back zippers, for a thick and layered dress, I could not move the zipper on the side and kept it at the back. But I still do not like the idea of getting help from someone else when zipping up! :)
I think the circular seam lines would look much better with a lighter color fabric and not so much with heavy prints. So I’m quite content with my coffee latte choice of colors :)
In the end, I loved the dress! It’s so comfy and quite flattering for a pear shape body type as well. I will be using this pattern with spring / summer time fabrics as well.
happy sewing! :))
Hmmm… Shiny! :)
Does anyone has extra foil lying around the kitchen drawers? You do not need to limit its use with the kitchen! See the dress I made? :)))
No, of course I’m not serious! This is just another gorgeous fabric that I’ve bought… Couldn’t resist the shiny color, how could I ?!…
I’m back with an awesome jacket!
I know… It’s been ages… I was so overloaded with my day job that I couldn’t update my blog as much as I wanted.
But the hectic 2012 has finished and I’m back with new projects :))
So, zillion years ago I’ve posted a text about my upcoming sewing project. I’m glad to say that I’ve finished it, wore it many times and already put it in the spring/fall shelf of my wardrobe ‘cause the winter is back, after long days of cold but sunny weather.
A High-end watercolor project…
I know, I’m terribly behind my posting schedule :( But I started a new project lately, which requires 150% of my time until February… But I could not keep myself away from the blog any longer and decided to share with you a project I finished right before my hectic work life began.
As seen above, this time it is not the pattern (or our size 0 model’s mind-blowing posing skills) that shine out, but the fabric with amazing watercolor prints on…
Just another red dress? I don’t think so :)
Well, as I have announced couple of days ago, I decided to sew a red dress for the Republic Day celebrations on October 29th.
I had an eye on the Burda Style’s seamed dress released with August 2012 issue for quite some time and when I decided to sew a red dress, this was the only pattern that came to my mind. (Pattern also sold here separately.)
I believe my version of the dress turned out to be more stylish than the original dress… but I’m having a hard time in saying the same thing for the model… :))
An Excessively Purple Dress!
While the fall is coming loud and clear, the wardrobes and the sewing projects are getting darker and thicker. Well, I thought if I’m to loose the light and bright colors of summer, I should at least go down with a good fight! So please see above the first dress of my fall collection :)
I’m featured in Sew News!
This month has been full of surprises and gifts for me!
- Last week I learned that I was featured in Fashion Spotlight blogs of Tumblr.Com;
- I then received a very nice fabric gift from another blogger and …
- yesterday I got a gift pack sent from miles away with a letter saying that I was featured in Sew News Magazine’s October / November 2012 issue! How amazing is that?! :D
Months ago, when I first launched the English version of my blog “Sewing Your Style” and published a post on their blog “sewingdistrict.com“I got a message from the editor of the magazine, saying that they were very interested in my review and would like to include it in their upcoming issues.
My review was on the famous Rachel Comey pattern from Vogue Patterns no. 1247 ( read the review here if you like ).
Then I totally forgot about it… since this week! As a thank you gesture, they also sent me an awesome book called “Sewing Basics” by Sandra Bardwell. Amazing really!
I was of course thrilled by it :) But let me talk about the book a little. I will be writing a book review about it after I read it through (couple of times most probably), but let me tell you this much, even with a quick look through I can see that it’s quite a good reference book where all techniques are described, photographed and illustrated very clearly.
As a self-taught seamstress I am quite familiar with sewing books and many of them give me the uneasy feeling that make me think as if how hard they try to explain the very basics, I cannot get it…
That’s why, I believe the most important thing in such self-taught type of books is the clear instructions with lots of good quality photos and illustrations that won’t make you feel like a dummy. Sandra Bardwell’s book of Sewing Basics is definitely very reader-friendly and includes quite a lot of techniques that are beyond “basic” sewing skills.
But, more on the book review later. Now let me enjoy myself a little :D
By the way, keep following their website; they’re always giving free stuff, patterns, mag.s books etc. every other day! : http://sewnews.com
Oh, by the way, here’s the page: :)
Congratulations! I haven’t seen many blogs that provide such thorough tutorials! Keep up the good work Sensei! By the way, when are you planning to sew and tell about a Chanel jacket?
Thanks for your comment :)
Let me clarify one thing first: I’m not a Sensei of anyone :) The “grasshopper” in the “Watch and Learn Grasshopper” page is actually myself who is a self-taught and very enthusiastic seamstress :)
I also think that I should sew a Chanel jacket these days, but I have couple of other sewing projects in mind before that. I guess I can include it on the to-do list for next month. In the meantime, please do watch the making of a Chanel jacket video I shared couple of weeks ago: