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Pattern Review - Vogue 8645

Pattern Review - Vogue 8645 Dress

To continue with the instant gratification rush that I seem to be on, I whipped up this Very Easy Vogue Dress. I bought this polka dot satin in Morocco last August and instantly knew that this was the pattern that I wanted to make and added it to my wishlist. I stubbornly waited until Vogue patterns were on sale just before Christmas before purchasing the pattern. 

Close up of the gorgeous satin

This dress was incredibly simple to make - so it really is a 'Very Easy' pattern, even for a Vogue. There are no darts, zips or elastic casing etc. so it would be perfect for a beginner. Because it is a loose pullover dress there are no fitting issues. I cut a 14 and sewed it straight out of the envelope with no alterations. Initially I was going to french seam this, but as it was lined I didn't bother. However I did go the extra mile and hand sewed an invisible hem. 

Although I did make the tie belt, I really like the contrast of the black belt. I …

French Florals & Happy Birthday to Me!

Pattern Review - Simplicity 1884 Looks as though I am still on an instant gratification rush. I cut this top out last week and finished it on Monday night in time for my birthday celebrations on Tuesday.
This pattern was very simple. It consists of 5 pieces and fitting is very simple, I sewed this straight out of the envelope, cutting a medium (size 14-16). 

The fabric is a lovely silky satin that was a present from my godmother when visiting France last May. It  is quite slippery and live, which probably added a little bit of extra time to the construction process, as did the french seams. I finished the hem and armholes with bias binding. I used sew in interfacing for the collar as I had run out of iron-on and am having a stash-busting January. However, I think that this works really well with the floatiness of the fabric and stops the collar being too stiff. 

I think that I prefer this tucked in? Or maybe I like that this top looks nice either way depending on my mood.

I really lov…

Happy New Year!

Pattern Review - New Look 6933
I cut this out before Christmas and managed to finish it this weekend.

I have made this pattern before as a dress. However, I decided try it out as a top. This time I omitted the pleats in the skirt. I like it without the pleats but the downside is that it is a bit big around the waist and tight around the hips. 
Front View

The fabric is from my stash and was purchased years ago from Shepherd's Bush market. I lined and underlined the top with red lining that I had in my stash from Fabricland.  Back View 

As you can see it gapes slightly at the back and the front. I think that I could probably get away with cutting a 12 rather than a 14, but I was initially worried that there wouldn't be enough room in the bust. 
Side View

Overall I am a bit disappointed with the fit, but considering I already had all of the fabric and pattern in my stash I don't really feel as though I have lost anything and I will definitely wear this (I always need tops ri…