Vogue 8784 wrap dress: taking a walk on the wild side
The title refers, not just to the print on this fabric, but also the fact that this was my first attempt, after much hestitation, at sewing stretch fabric.
Vogue 8784 is described as a lined, wrap dress which has a close-fitting bodice with front tucks, back princess seams, side opening for tie ends, and topstitching. I made view B, which is semi-fitted, and has a front pleated skirt, and stitched hemline/sleeve hem.
Here’s the Vogue patterns picture and line drawing:
There is not a huge fashion fabric selection to be had locally, but I settled for this animal print jersey and off I set. I also purchased some kind of soft polyester (?) fabric which has a stretch to it for the lining.
To be honest there was not a lot of problems sewing this pattern or the fabric. I used the stretch stitch setting on my Janome machine and it worked fine. I cut my ususal pattern sizes (larger on bottom half) but if I was making this again I would need to figure out what adjustments need to be made to stop the wrap part of the bodice from gaping quite as much. Also, I would shorten the pattern probably by at least a couple of inches and possibly peg the skirt. I think I am going to make a McCalls fitting shell to work out what exactly my fitting issues are. This is my plan for the new year.
Can you tell that I am using the remote control for some of the camera shots? Before husband came and took the rest of the piccies.
Overall this is a good pattern/ design I think. I like the tucks and the collar detail but I think I need to work some fitting issues out. I also like the fact that you could make this dress in either a woven or stretch fabric which makes it very versatile. I have not yet found a true wrap dress which works for me…maybe after I do the fitting shell I can make this one really work.