Thursday, 8 August 2013

Vogue 8870

I made a dress and I'm not sure if I like it! One minute I do, the next I'm a bit 'meh' about it.

Vogue 8870

I haven't quite figured out where my ambiguous feelings come from exactly because I like the fabric, and I like the style of the dress, and I do think it suits me. Perhaps it's the combination of fabric and  style that makes me wonder how often I'll wear it. Or it could be the lack of proper accesories. It needs a belt and I don't have one that goes well with it. Could it be the length, would it be better without the dropped hem? I'm tempted to chop the back off and make it all one length... Let me know if you have any thoughts on this!

Vogue 8870

Anyway, it was a pretty easy dress to sew which is what I expected from a pattern classed as 'easy'. It has a mock wrap front, raglan cap sleeves, an elastic waist, side seam pockets and a dropped hem. I found this silky soft viscose satin at our local fabric market. Not exactly the easiest fabric to sew with but I've had a little practice and it's worth the extra trouble. You should feel how soft it is!

Here's a few tips on sewing with slippery fabrics:
  • I cut everything on the rug in the living room rather than on the table so the fabric can't slip and slide underneath the pattern pieces. Pattern weights come in handy too, they don't have to be proper pattern weights either I tend to use whatever is in reach. Remote controls and toys work just fine ;)
  • Use sharp thin pins for pinning, this is not the type of fabric you want to use your flowerhead pins on!
  • Use a new microtex needle for sewing I prefer a size 60/8 -70/10. These needles are sharp and thin and leave minimal marks which is good in case you need to unpick a seam.
  • When pressing the fabric I often pin it to my ironing board to help hold it in place. I find this especially helpful when ironing the bottom hem for instance when the dress is constantly sliding off the ironing board.
  • Be sure to test a scrap of fabric to see how hot you can press it and to check if marks left from pinning and sewing remain visible after pressing.
  • I didn't bother with fancy pretty seam finishes. Besides being slippery this fabric frays a lot so I tried to handle it as little as possible and used my overlocker to finish all raw edges.
  • I've read starch can help stabilise the fabric but I did not use it myself so I have no thoughts on it other than I believe it should work. :)


Vogue 8870


Dress pattern: Vogue 8870
Fabric: Viscose satin
Thread: Gutterman all purpose thread
Needle: Microtex size 60/8

x Leila



26 comments:

  1. I like your dress and if it needs anything it's a belt I think.

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    1. I've been looking for the perfect belt, I agree it needs it!

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  2. I think the belt has it, looks pretty slinky malinky to me!

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  3. I love it. If my daughter who much closer to your age was wearing it, she would belt it with a wide belt ( like the one you have), put a necklace on and definitely have heels so high that I would fall off of them.

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    1. I'm more of a boots and cardigan sort of girl myself, I never last long in heels ;)

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  4. I think all the above comments are right on, but I also agree with you that evening up the hem would be good. Somehow the dropped hem looks odd to me. The material and style are beautiful and with a wide belt, great shoes, and jewelry - it's a keeper!

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    1. Perhaps I will go back and redo the hem. I do like a dropped hem but I'm not convinced about it in this dress. Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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  5. Love that color! Agree that it needs a wide belt and maybe even the hem. Otherwise, it's fantastic!! Thanks for the tips on sewing with slippery fabrics. I usually avoid them because I get so frustrated!

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    1. Slippery fabrics can be a bit of a pain to sew with but I do think they're worth the trouble sometimes :)

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  6. I would make the hem 1 length.
    I think a skinny belt would be worth the investment...

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  7. Even up the hem. If I looked like you do in it, I would never take it off.

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  8. I think the back is the best part, I love that last picture...:)

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    1. I don't particularly enjoy posing for photos so the ones without my face on it tend to be my favourites too ;)

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  9. These pictures are simply amazing, Leila. It's a winner.

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  10. Love the dress! You look fabulous in it! I don't think it needs a belt but you could put one with it. I am not a fan of the dropped hem. I think all that you need is a good reason to wear it! Have fun!

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  11. Hi Leila
    Love the dress and it looks wonderful on you! I agree about the hem. I think I would make it even all around. It is super versatile and can see it with boots in the fall!

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    1. I think I will enjoy wearing it with boots and a cardigan this autumn :)

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  12. Well I love it just as it is!

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