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OOP Vogue 8887 – DIY fixed wrap pleated front oxblood wool crepe skirt

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Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe – worn with silk crepe de chine sew over it pussy bow blouse

Hi Friends,

I have got a few projects that I have finished and want to blog about before the year end so this is the first of those. Expect some brief reviews 🙂

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Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe

Long term readers of this blog will know that I went back to work about 6 months ago and whilst I was fine for clothes through the summer period, now it has become cold I am finding I would like more choice in my winter work wear. This wool crepe (I think) has been sitting in my stash since the early part of the year. I bought it from the remnants section of (local to me) Linton Tweed, as two 1 metre skirt lengths. It is a much deeper, richer oxblood colour than shown in these photographs. I prewashed the fabric so I can launder it at home myself.

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Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe

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Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe

 

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Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe

The pattern is OOP Vogue 8887, view D. Full review below. Two things of note about this skirt:

  1. It is cut entirely on the bias. I don’t know if that has caused my back seam to stretch slightly (?) but the seam is not fully smooth over my bottom. I did interface the area before inserting my (invisible) zip.
  2. The waist is finished using grosgrain ribbon – treating the ribbon rather like a bias facing. Sorry, I have not taken a photograph. This is first time I have used this kind of treatment to finish a waist. I have already worn this skirt for two full days and it is very comfortable and doesn’t twist or move at all.

Pattern Review

Pattern Description: 

Mock wrap skirt has pleated overlay and concealed slit. Narrow hem. Slightly below waist, back zipper. Purchased grosgrain finishes waist. Semi-fitted, bias.

I made view D.

Pattern Sizing:

4 – 20

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yep. I think so. One thing to watch out for: the waist is finished using a grosgrain ribbon, rather like a bias facing. Don’t get me wrong, I have worn this skirt for two full days since I made it  and it has been supremely comfortable and secure, and didn’t twist or move. But I do feel the reason the front overlay looks longer is because the ribbon, despite being tacked down inside as instructed, can’t seem to fully take the weight of the front, hence it hangs a bit lower. The pattern envelope picture shows the same. It doesn’t bother me too much but I might go back and have another look at it.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yep.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I love the finished skirt. It’s very cute. I love the princess seams in the back: great fitting opportunity! The whole skirt is cut on the bias, and that, together with the waist treatment, makes this skirt very comfortable and wearable. However, I am not 100% happy with my slightly lumpy centre back seam: I don’t know if it’s due to the seam stretching out there, inspite my interfacing the area. Nothing to dislike about the pattern.

Fabric Used:

Wool crepe purchased from Linton Tweeds remnants section in store.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

  • I made all the vertical seams up to 1 inch for extra fit insurance. I used some of this extra allowance to sew the skirt up, but took the waist in to fit me.
  • I did a 1 inch full bottom adjustment

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Don’t know if I need another of these skirts in my wardrobe. I recommend.

Conclusion: 

Cute, comfortable and smart. I am pleased to have this skirt in my wardrobe.

Back soon with more reviews 🙂

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Vogue 8887 fixed wrap pleated front skirt in wool crepe

 

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Vogue 1496: DIY Sandwash Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress

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Vogue 1496 Sandwashed Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress

Hi Friends,

We just got back yesterday from a weeks holiday in Cornwall. It was great. Warm weather, beautiful beaches and fresh seafood. I am dashing off first thing tomorrow morning for a 3 day business trip to Barcelona, where temperatures are currently soaring. I made this dress a couple of weeks ago with Barcelona in mind, and we snapped a few pictures of it on the beach in Cornwall. This is Vogue 1496 by Sandra Betzina. I have made my version in a delicious charcoal grey sandwashed rayon challis, kindly sent to me by Stylish Fabrics. This fabric is beautifully soft, drapey and perfect to wear in hot weather conditions.

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Vogue 1496 Sandwashed Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress

Not a tremendous amount to say about this pattern that I haven’t said in my review below. I do like it a lot, and it will be perfect for hot weather dressing, and you can easily dress it up or down. The only thing I dislike about it is that the facing is flapping around a bit and I am going to topstitch it into place I think. Other than that, this is a really interesting shape and the way it comes together is fascinating. It’s made from just two pieces (front and back), plus pockets and facings. You might just be able to make out in the rear view picture a (flat felled) seam which joins the front to the back and creates the armholes. There are no shoulder seams in this dress.

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Vogue 1496 Sandwashed Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Very loose-fitting, tapered, pullover dress has V-neckline, optional pockets (stitched in place), front extending into yoke back, no shoulder seams, back armhole openings with narrow hem, and stitched hem. A: Optional neckline inset.

I made view B.

Pattern Sizing:

Sizes A – J.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

They are easy to follow but 1. as other reviewers have mentioned, the instructions have you use Steam-a-seam on virtually every seam. I didn’t bother. 2. There is no mention of finishing any seams (apart from the facing) and for that I chose to use my own preferred method of obtaining a clean finish on the facing, sewing the interfacing to the facing right sides together, then turning and fusing in place, rather than just overlocking. Instructions are given on how to raise the (very low) neckline and also how to pick your correct size.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I really like the finished garment. The ease of wearing and interesting shape. Don’t like the way the facing wants to flap around. I am going to topstitch in place.

Fabric Used:

Sandwashed rayon challis.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

Based on my measurements, I should have cut a size E through the bust but, based on the finished pattern measurements which are given for bust, waist and hips, I cut a size D through the bust and waist and graded out over the hips.

I raised the front neckline by 3 inches.

I am 5’3″. I actually cut the view A length and added 1.5 inches at the hems.

I finished my side seams before sewing the flat fell seam that connects the front to the back piece.

The pattern and instructions don’t seem to indicate how high to make the side slits. I made mine 3 inches high.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Don’t know if I need another one of these in my wardrobe, but I do recommend.

Conclusion:

Breezy, stylish and something a little different. The husband didn’t say anything negative so I guess it has a little allure 🙂

Great week everyone!

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Vogue 1496 Sandwashed Rayon Challis Cocoon Style Dress

New vogue patterns – an excuse to feel very smug

A few weeks back Vogue brought out their Fall 2012 patterns. Several other blogs have already commented on the somewhat uninspiring and very oddly photographed collection! But, given that I am going to be starting my sewing course in less than 3 weeks, and also because I think I need to increase my sewing repertoire, I thought I should order some new patterns.

Now, I could be looking in the wrong places, but I have not seen the new Fall (that’s Autumn for us Brits) collection on a UK website. Certainly not on the usual UK website that I use to order patterns. So when I saw that the Vogue Patterns website based in the USA was having a MASSIVELY discounted sale on ALL the vogue patterns (including the new collection), I decided to be brave and order some. Here’s the link to Vogue Patterns.

Here’s what I ordered from the new collection:

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Vogue V1317 by Chado Ralph Rucci

This might be a bit beyond my capabilities right now….but something to work towards. Made up in a burgundy suede?

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Vogue V8836 trousers

I have never sewn a pair of trousers before…this is a Very Easy Vogue pattern, so I thought it might be a good place to start.

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Vogue V8831 top

Again, a Very Easy Vogue pattern, which I thought would be good to wear over skinny jeans.

From the Summer collection I ordered these two patterns:

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Vogue V1300 DKNY dress

Again, this is in the “average” category….but I might be able to manage it.

Peplums are still everywhere, which is why I ordered the following top from the summer collection and a pencil skirt pattern to go with it:

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Vogue V8815 peplum top

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Vogue V8672 pencil skirt

And finally, this dress pattern, which I thought was cute and potentially could be varied lots of ways:

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Vogue V8787 dress

The total cost for all the patterns, including shipping, was $52 (about £32), whereas from my usual website it would have cost me about £80 full price. And I didn’t get charged tax. And it took a week from ordering them to delivery. So that is the reason for my smugness. Let’s see if the smugness continues after I start sewing things.

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