Festive December Dress

Pattern Review: Vogue 8870

That's right, my December Garment of the Month is a summer dress. As I will be spending the festive season in Melbourne I have been rapidly expanding my warm weather wardrobe and could not pass up the opportunity to whip up Vogue 8870.

As soon as I snapped up this ITY knit from Windmil Fabric in Boston, USA, I knew that it would be destined for this pattern. The fabric only cost $4.98 USD per yard. It washed fine and sewed up really easily. ITY knits are so comfy and this dress is a dream to wear.

I cut a medium and combined the bodice from view B with the skirt from view A. I cut the back skirt piece on the fold and apart from sewing generous seams on the bodice and using less elastic on the bodice back I sewed this straight out of the envelope. The fit was pretty spot on. I do love Vogue Patterns as I find their fit pretty consistent. Vogue patterns are the ones that always require the least amount of alterations for me. 

This pattern is rated easy and I would definitely agree. There is nothing hard about this and it came together really quickly. The only thing that I would change would be to self-line the bodice rather than use facings. I have already used this as a base pattern to copy a RTW dress. 

These photos were taken at Lorne Beach during a road trip along the Great Ocean Road in Australia. I have been having a great time so far and I am heavy heartidly sure my January garment will be much more Winter appropriate for my return to the UK.

You can see my Pattern Review here. 

Did you sew a dress or garment for the Christmas Season? 

I'll leave you guys with a tourist snap of our road trip!
Happy Sewing!


  1. So cute!! Looks easy and breezy to wear!

  2. beautiful dress! & beautiful scenery behind you too! I haven't sewn anyhing for Christmas, with just 2 days to go it doesn't look promising lol!

  3. Ripper dress! (That's Aussie speak for great dress)

  4. Nice. Seems really comfy. The location is awesome.

  5. Natasha, fancy being so close :). I'm sure you are enjoying the break from the London winter weather - and what a great dress you have made for here! I hope our weather stays warm for you. I've made a simple cotton dress for Xmas. Wishing you and your friend a wonderful Xmas and New Year.

  6. What a lovely dress! The pattern is great and the dress suits you very nicely. Great job! Happy Holidays!


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