Not every make is a roaring success. However, when a blogger has worked so hard on a project, hoping for good results but not quite getting what they expected, we're still going to share it with you. Every dressmaking project helps a sewer to expand their experience and knowledge and hopefully what they have encountered on their sewing journey might help someone else further down the line. This time, it was a sizing issue on a dress pattern.
Here's what happened when Louise attempted Vogue's 8764 dress.
Oh how I wish this dress had turned out better. The pattern, V8764, is for a 3/4 length sleeve dress with an a-line skirt, invisible back zipper, top-stitching and lovely little V detail at the neckline – I love the illustration on the envelope, it looks so elegant! Such a great looking dress for work, tea parties and trips to the shops don’t you think?
The fabric I used is a Tilda Martine cotton in blue/grey from White Tree Fabrics – you can find it here. It’s a lovely cotton fabric to sew with – very soft and flowy and doesn’t fray. I love the little ditsy floral print too, it’s very dainty and perfect for a tea dress like this. The dress also has a lining in the bodice and the skirt making it feel like a very luxurious garment. I’ve never sewn a proper lining before so it was great to learn how it’s done!
Now, here’s my problem with this pattern – whilst it’s full of loveliness, it’s also wayyyy too big for little people like me. I cut the pattern to the smallest size and, due to all the seams and lining and top-stitching, didn’t find myself with a lot of opportunity for fitting until it was too late! The length isn’t a problem to alter and the waist fits ok (perhaps adding some belt loops would solve this further!) but that neckline. I just cannot deal with that neckline! Maybe it’s because I’m quite petite, but it’s so wide on me and gapes horrendously at the front. It’s making me a bit sad because I do really like the dress and the fabric – if the top was more fitted/had a higher neck then I dare say it’d become one of my go-to dresses. I’m not sure I can edit it without re-cutting my pattern pieces now that I’ve attached the lining and zip and top-stitched around the neck. What do you reckon?
That’s not to say that this dress will turn out badly for everyone though – I did a quick online search and found some great examples of people who have done a much better job – take a look!
- My absolute fave – fellow White Tree Blogger Jess’ broderie anglaise version at Jessthetics.
- This lovely denim-y version at The Thrifty Squirrels.
- A gorgeous lined version at The Sew Weekly.
- In double knit at SewMuchKnitting.
- Red jersey at ReadyThreadSew.
- Lined with vintage kimono fabric at Fond Flow.
We hope Louise finds time to re-visit the project and salvage her dress! It looks beautiful and elegant, just such a shame about the neckline and sizing. We wonder how others have found sizing on Vogue patterns to be? Feel free to contact us about it, we'd love to hear from you.