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! :))
Peplum Jacket completed! I’m having a huge ego boost moment!
I’ve torn myself apart but finally finished it! Despite the few flaws in the lining, I managed to sew this jacket right :D
My sewing ego just boosted… Who’s gonna stop me now?! Would I be exaggerating a little if I aim New York Fashion Week for next year?…
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:
Flamingo Dress is Completed!
I finished my dress! Despite the killing heat, I managed to make a awesome dress out of awesome fabric with flamingo prints :)
The real awesomeness of this dress is that it was quite easy to sew and looks perfect when finished. Although it was a moderately easy pattern, the dress looks really elegant when finished. I mean, as elegant as any dress covered up with flamingos would look :P
What’s on my sewing table…
So here’s my upcoming project. Another elegant summer dress pattern from 1950s. This time it’s Vogue’s vintage pattern no. 2961.
It’s a classic 1950s fashion dress with a tight bodice and a circle skirt. The original pattern was first published in 1953.
What do you think would be the best print for this pattern?… You’re right! It’s definitely a bunch of flamingos!
I always adore black and white fabrics and I’m crazy about such awesome prints. Added to that the good quality of cotton, this is the must sew fabric for me. So I decided to use this adorable fabric with this adorable vintage pattern.
It does look promising on my dummy. When I figure out the buttonhole detail in front of the dress, I can quickly finish it I guess.
It is a miracle to even move one finger in this heat… I hope I would not only have used their images, but also be able to live like them and spend my days sitting in water…
It’s too darn hottttt!!!!…..
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
New Designer trials / skirt - Rachel Comey
I literally ADORED this skirt pattern! (Vogue / Rachel Comey v1247)
It’s very easy, very comfy, very practical. You can sew it in an hour! :)
I chose this fabric along with my birdy print top , but it turned out to be one of my favorites.
New Designer trials / top - Rachel Comey
When I first laid eyes on this in Vogue Patterns I loved it. I thought it could be a handy top for everyday use. The pattern is again from a famous designer: Rachel Comey.