Friday, 2 March 2018

Vogue 8379 - View B: 2018 Make Nine (and a Sew Over It Cowl Neck Top)

This is my third Make Nine make, and it's Vogue 8379.  I made View B with the collar and long sleeves.



This amazing fabric is from The Textile Centre, is called "Elizabethan Crossed Keys Textured Poly Jersey"  and is £2.99 per metre.

The bodice is shaped with pleats at the waist, and I used the facings on the neckline as it was necessary with the collar.

I managed to accidentially sew the gap for the waist tie on the wrong side seam, which has turned out to be pretty annoying, which is why my dress wraps to the other side from the pattern drawing.  

I made several mods - the bodice was shortened by 1",  the skirt shortened to 20", and the sleeves arbitrarily shortened by I can't remember how much, but it totally worked!!


It's lovely fabric to work with, but the seams were a bit "bouncy" (if that makes sense), and didn't really want to press flat.  It was especially noticable in the waist ties, which were rather tube-like - so I top-stitched everything within an inch of it's life!   I really wish I'd taken some photos before I did these, because the difference was unbelievable.
 
 

 

There was a bit of a drama with the waist seam though.  I thought I'd be really smart and overlock the bodice to the skirt, but add some clear elastic at the same time to stablise the seam.  As you can see below, it didn't work too well!  So I sewed the rest of the seam and then sewed some 1/4" onto the seam allowance afterwards.  Luckily this is the inside of the wrap front, so it can't be seen from the front!

 

I love how this dress turned out, I think it's very 1970s, which I love.  My only issue with it is that the waist ties are a bit short, and if I make it again, I would lengthen the ties by 6 inches.

 

Then it turned out that I had enough fabric left over to make a Sew Over It Cowl Neck top, which took about an hour and a half from cutting to finish!



Have a great weekend!

Lynne

10 comments:

  1. Wow Lynne,
    That Vogue 8379 is amazing! Love the fabric too. The cut of the dress is just what I've been searching for in a wrap dress skirt. Think I'll be getting myself that pattern tonight... LOL. Also the Sew Over It Cowl Neck top is lovely too. Nice to get an unexpected 2 for 1 garment!

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    1. Thanks Lori! Sorry for the enabling, but it is a lovely pattern! I had 3 metres of this fabric, and one of the few benefits of being small is being able to squeeze little pattern pieces out of left overs.

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    2. I love both of these. Great work.

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  2. You look great in both, it's a great print on you. I love the boots you're wearing with the dress too.

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    1. Thanks Leigh! I love those boots too because they fit my little feet!

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  3. It's always good when you have enough fabric left for a bonus top! Your topstitching worked really well in making the press-resistant fabric look nice and neat!

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    1. Thanks Ruth! I was delighted when I realised I had enough fabric for a top too!

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