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! :))
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.
Akris Collection’s Peplum Jacket on the way!
I just love the knock off patterns from Vogue :) This time I tried the V8718 jacket which is almost the identical pattern of Akris’ 2010 resort collection. See for yourself:
The “flip-flop” halter dress finished!
I’m finally on holiday and want to celebrate it with a fun, comfy and chic dress for the summer. Sewing is seriously getting more easier than shopping for me… Think about it: you first go on window shopping, make a list of the items you loved, then limit your choices with your budget, find a dress that you’d adore - which would also fit exactly your size and body shape… blablablaaa… Whereas this gorgeous dress took me a day to finish and cost around 5 EUROS!
Enjoying world’s biggest art museum with my pop art jacket
While I was visiting one of the biggest art museums in the world, I wanted to have a fashionable outfit appropriate for the venue. Of course I first thought about wearing a high fashion gown, then I had a sinister feeling that I might overdo it and went for a pair of sneakers, jeans and my newly made pop art jacket instead.
With long corridors full of giant oil paintings and rooms full of artifacts, Louvre Museum was serving as a stage for my work-of-art jacket this time.
Wandering the streets of Paris with my favorite V1174 Dress
Oh, you didn’t think that I would finish posting photos from my Paris trip, did you? :P It’s such a beautiful city that I couldn’t keep myself from taking zillions of photos, and some for my DIY wardrobe posts. Well, it’s not French Vogue, but it’ll do I think :D
High fashion romper for my hard worker man
I love the look of rompers on little ones. Unfortunately, I cannot find much options in stores after the toddler size. Many of the RTW brands just use dark basic colors for boys. While I complain about the boys wear, many of my friends having daughters complain about having pink and red in almost all clothes they buy. So if you’re also sick of limited color options for kidswear, try sewing basic patterns like this for your little ones.
Hi there, how are you? So happy I found your blog your stuff is awesome. I’m about to sew V1247 and I’m a new sewer and wondering if the skirt is true to the size. Thanks for your help.
( I still do not know how to answer anonymous questions properly…)
It’s been some time since I made that skirt for myself. But as I remember it was true to the size. On the other hand, as a seamstress used to European patterns, I always tend to give hem allowance on all the patterns I cut, whether it’s a Vogue pattern or a BurdaStyle. My advice would be to give some hem allowance on the sides just to be safe. It’s a very easy and fun pattern to work with. I hope the result will turn out perfect for you. Happy sewing! :)
related blog post: http://sewingyourstyle.tumblr.com/post/19048165095/v1247-rachel-comey-skirt