Vogue V8848: the S and M dress
Sooo….was I the only person on the planet
stupid brave enough to purchase V8848? When I saw the model pictures for this dress on the Vogue Patterns website I thought it looked like a nice, easy to sew fit and flare dress. Check out their version in pink:
Nice enough, right?
I bought the pattern on sale and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to trying sewing ponte and pleather: neither of which I have sewn before. I knew when I saw the pattern I wanted to do the central panel in a contrast fabric of some sort.
I took a gamble and just sewed the thing right out of the envelope. I cut my usual size on the bust, grading out one size larger at the waistline and for the skirt portion.
The only adjustment I made was reducing some of the width on the sleeves as after I had basted them in I felt they were too large and loose. I think I possibly should also have reduced some width on the shoulders, but not by much. I didn’t add anything to the length on this dress – I find vogue patterns are often too long on me anyway – this one was just right.
Here are the line drawings:
Now here is where this pattern falls down, IMO. Do you see the strips which come out from the front and rear central panels and line up over the hips? Here is a close up on my dress:
(BTW, I eliminated the zip in my dress). There are EIGHT corners which have to be sewn which join the upper bodice front and back side panels and the lower front and back skirt side panels to these strips. That’s right. EIGHT corners of torment for you to tackle. It could be my lack of expertise. It could have been my choice of fabric. But those corners are, frankly, biaaatches to sew! No amount of cutting in to them would get them to be sharp sweet corners. I think I just hammered the pleather into submission with my iron, so they don’t look that bad, but I would love to see if anyone else ever makes this dress, what they make of them. And I swear the dots you are told to cut up to to get the corners are just not placed right. I was too frightened to cut into the corners that far because it was like they were way beyond the seam allowance.
Now that the “corners ordeal” is over, I will say that overall, this dress fits quite well, and is very comfortable. However, that Rihanna song (S&M) does come into my mind when I put it on (“…..sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me, nanana…”) Here’s my pattern review:
Unlined dress (close-fitting through bust) has seam detail, back zipper and narrow hem.
14 – 22
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes I think so. Mine has a more dominatrix look to it, haha.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. Very. In theory.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
There are EIGHT corners which have to be sewn which join the upper bodice front and back side panels and the lower front and back skirt side panels to the strips which run off the front and back centre panels. These corners were absolutely horrible to sew. I think it is the way the pattern has been drafted (although it could also be my lack of expertise/ choice of fabric). The alignment dots seem to be placed too far off and away from the seam allowance. There is just too much fabric to allow you to get a nice, neat, sharp corner. I don’t mind the overall shape or fit of the dress.
Ponte knit with faux leather.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I eliminated the back zip and cut the back central panel as a single piece. I sewed the pattern as it came out of the envelope: usual bust size and going up a size at the waistline, and for the skirt portion. I also made the sleeves a little narrower.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Neither. IF I was ever going to sew this again I would probably get rid of the strips that run out from the front and back centre panels and cut the bodice side panels in one with the skirt side panels. Eliminate the horrible corners. But it ain’t gonna happen….
It fits ok. It is comfortable. I think I will wear it. But I didn’t like the pattern.
….cause I may be bad but I’m perfectly good at it……until next time…