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! :))
SEW WITH LOVE…:-)
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 :)
Watch and Learn Grasshopper - No-Pattern Sequin Skirt Tutorial
It’s been quite some time since I added a post in the “Watch and Learn Grasshopper” section. I guess this one would be much more interesting for many fashion and sewing enthusiasts ‘cause it’s a very easy-to-sew project and the best part is, there’s no need for a pattern!
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: :)
I’m featured in Tumblr’s Fashion Spotlight List!
I was wondering why my followers started to grow vastly over a night. Then I realized that the ever so wonderful Tumblr.Com has featured my sewing blog on its popular fashion spotlight list! - well, the Turkish version of my blog :)
So, who’s on this list? Rachel Zoe, Nina Garcia, Ell Magazine… and ME! :))
Oh, no… My ego is growing on a critical level…
An Hour to Sew Top and some hospital fashion…
It’s been almost 2 weeks since I shared a sewing project with you :( Partly because of the heavy workload in the first week, and partly due to my 3-year-old man’s unexpected and unending sickness in the second week :(
When things started to get back to normal at home, I rushed into doing the two things I enjoy doing most in life: sewing and blogging about it :))
So this week’s easy-to-sew project is again from BurdaStyle Magazine. It’s pattern no. 108 in its August issue - also sold on their website: link here. It has a loose cut and very few details, allowing novice sewers to enjoy their tailoring skills and practice making a neat neckline facing.