Posts Tagged ‘Vogue 8701’


A Tops SWAP dress

September 15, 2011

This is my version of the dress from Vogue 8701.

This dress and the challenges it brings are the reasons I chose to focus my SWAP on fitting  bodices. I’m not entirely thrilled with the way this dress fits. I find it to be somewhat tight where it should be loose and loose where it should be tight. I think I will probably try it again sometime with different fabric.  

One of the main issues I have with it is the neckline. I love the V at the back. It’s one of the major features that made me want to make this dress, but the opening is too wide for me and shows my bra straps which is something I prefer not to do at the office. As a result, I tend to wear a cardigan with the dress…

…and I think that solves the problem for now. My wildcard item for this year’s SWAP is the blazer from this pattern so once I have finished that, this dress will have a go to jacket.

I still think that I would like to try to make the dress again out of a non satin fabric. I originally wanted to make the dress out of a lightweight white linen but my local fabric chain didn’t have any when I was in there (I have been unimpressed with their selection lately) so I went with the shiny sateen polka dots. I think I will try it again in the near future when I find the right fabric.


Update from an AWOL blogger

July 25, 2011

I have once again run into the issue of not being about to both sew and blog at the same time. Or perhaps more accurately, not being able to sew and have lovely photographs taken at the same time.

So, here is a quick, text based update on what I have been doing.

I bowed out of the SWAP but I did not stop sewing some of the items for it. I promise photos will come.

I sewed McCalls 5661 view C. I took another shot at the Rachel Comey blouse and am much happier with the way it turned out. It reminded me once again that it is all about fabric texture and draping.

I also made two dresses. I made the dress from Vogue 8701. I’m not entirely happy with the way it fits about the shoulders so I tend to wear it with a sweater. I think the fitting issues relate to the FBA I did rather the pattern itself, but since one of my major issues is with bodice fitting, it doesn’t surprise me.

The other dress I made was Vogue 1223 which I wore to a wedding. I like the way it flows but I’m still not so thrilled with the way it fit in the bodice. Clearly I still  have bodice work to do.

Right now I am working on my second attempt at a Vogue Advanced pattern. I am trying to do the Vogue Badgley Mischka Platinum  dress for a wedding I am going to this Friday. I am not as far along as I should be but hope is not gone yet. I am recording the process so i will blog it when it’s done.