Friday, March 28, 2014

Vogue 8904 Dress, fun with stripes

Possibly I am one of the last to join in the stripey fun that is Vogue 8904, a Marcy Tilton pattern. I bought this one last year when it was first released but never got around to it in the summer.

So a year later and I am getting a jump on my summer dresses. Like I need more, ha! I just was rummaging in the closet to find another dress, so that a friend of mine could try it on (V1351, blogged here) and I was thinking it was time to purge a few - but that is tough, if I like 'em enough to keep 'em upon completion then I don't want to do that, despite few wearings.

This is the pattern that my friend Shams named the "Shingle Dress" based on the overlapping pieces that run down the entire front and back.

My verdict:  Pattern love...although I had a few doubts along the way. But once completed I am ready to make another, or maybe a top.

V8904 stripe front

Not sure how the fabric looks on whatever device you are viewing but those stripes create quite the optical illusion effect on my screen. How about a closer look? That's a bit better.  The fabric is a cotton spandex blend from Girl Charlee, my absolutely favorite website for knits. I ordered 3 yards of this and have about 1.5 remaining, so I can experiment with some other t-shirt ideas.  The description said aqua and brown stripe but the brown is very dark. In any case, another item with aqua/turquoise. I do have some other colors in the queue.

V8904 dress close up on form

Here is a look at the pattern envelope, and the back of the dress which is the same as the front. I know I say this all the time but the examples on the pattern are not the most flattering, to me they are drab and droopy. Also note on the long sleeve version those strange drag lines at the inner arm. I started to make this with elbow length sleeves but they had a weird fit - perhaps because the sleeves are cut on the crosswise grain, and in doing the quick try-on in my sewing room I decided that sleeveless was much better. 

               V8904 pattern envelope       V8904 Stripe dress back

Some construction and fitting details. I made a few adjustments for circumference on my pattern pieces adding a bit on the sides (by grading up a size at the sides only). I am not a fan of negative ease, even though I like fitted styles. I prefer a bit of ease or perhaps a better description is that I like my garments to float or skim over the body instead of stretching to fit. Adding a little on the sides worked out fine (also had to add to each overlay piece).  I got the dress front and back machine basted together and the front looked fine but the back was ... not good.  The only way to describe it is to say that the 2nd overlay from the top landed on the top of my backside and crumpled there. The horror. No photographic evidence. I kept fiddling with it for a day or so, thinking about taking a tuck from the underlining piece or some kind of swayback adjustment but that would actually make it worse. In the end I carried this along to a meeting with some sewing friends and put it on for them to judge. My friend Kathryn called it  - the troublesome shingles needed to move upwards so the bottom edges didn't coincide with my bottom.
Better to show than describe.  Here I have highlighted the original attachment seam line in red and the new improved seam line in green. It may look a bit wonky but the center of each shingle just needed to move up. You can see on the dress form that the 2nd shingle is a bit looser looking but not when worn, it settles into the waist area nicely.  And I forgot to turn around when taking photos. Duh! So you will just have to believe me.

Vogue shingle dress inside back

I used some poly knit lining that I had in my lining stash and I think the lining and the dress fabric had a slightly different degree of stretch, so that the pieces were fighting one another around the neckline and armholes. 
For the neckline and armholes I skipped the pattern piece and used my favorite knit neckline binding technique  from Threads magazine. It is kind of odd to use the lengthwise grain to make a neckline binding but it worked fine and the stripes look so good that way. Although the slight angle of the top piece is disturbing to a symmetry fanatic like me (that is intentional according to the pattern).

V8904Stripe dress neckline

The only other oddball thing was that shingle pieces at the hip were a bit too loose where the pieces ended. Not sure how that happened but I attribute that also to the difference in stretch between the lining and the outer fabric. Fix seen below. Opened seam and pulled, then restitched.  I also confess that my stripe matching at the sides was nonexistent, I purposefully chose this tiny stripe so I would not have to match it. Way too difficult with a 1/8" stripe. Who is going to see it? 
V8904 fixing side seam

So now that this one is done I am sure there will be another.  But I always say that and then never get around to it.  However this one - maybe a brighter version, Girl Charlee has so many fantastic stripes. 

Despite the photo showing me posing in the garden surrounded by daffodils and jasmine blooming in the background it is not quite sleeveless dress weather. Not for a weather wimp like me. Very soon I hope. Tomorrow is forecast to have some much needed rain, so I will put away the summer dresses for a bit longer. 

Today's SunnyGal garden photo - it has to be the striped tulip, right?  These are repeats from last year, hurray! 

Happy spring weekend sewing,  Beth 


red stripe tulip 2

27 comments:

  1. Love this dress and interesting about the sleeves. This was on my todo list for summer but winter is on the way!

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  2. Wow it's looks amazing! Now I want to sew one.

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  3. This is next on my to-do list so you are definitely not the last one to make it. I always think that too. This looks great on you! Don't feel bad about having lots of dresses. My rule is as long as I get around to wearing everything in my closet at least once a season, it gets to stay.

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  4. Gorgeous dress and it looks so very comfortable. Your garden is also beautiful!

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  5. That's such a popular pattern with bloggers. That's a very nice version of it!

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  6. Very cute look and perfect for warmer weather when it arrives. I did a sway back adjustment to the lining I think but forgot to do it to the overlay piece. I will have to do it if I ever make this again!

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  7. I love this on you, and appreciate the detail you include in your posts. I have this pattern, and some asymmetrical striped knit for it but am worried that the weird stripes will ruin the shingle effect. I am thinking perhaps a solid is best for my curvy shortness.

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  8. This dress is fabulous! I love just about every single one I've seen, yours included for sure. Your garden looks spectacular too, I just love the spring flowers!

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  9. Very pretty version! I have the pattern and haven't made it yet either:)

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  10. That is lovely on you! Very nice work. SO envious of the green grass and flowers! We are STILL waiting.

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  11. That is lovely on you! Very nice work. SO envious of the green grass and flowers! We are STILL waiting.

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  12. This style is very flattering in you ~ great for warmer weather ... J

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  13. This dress is perfect! So flattering! I love the striped design you chose, but now the weather is cold to wear it, it will be perfect for summer.

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  14. Lovely version of this dress - the fit is great.

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  15. Beautiful tulips! Great job on the dress. The idea of clothing skimming and floating, rather than clinging, definitely sounds comfortable.

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  16. This is so pretty on you, thanks for the details on the fitting and adjustments.

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  17. Your dress looks lovely! Thank you for the detailed construction details!

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  18. I made a McCall's cardi last night that has those same weird drag lines on the inner sleeves. What is causing that???
    Your dress looks great!

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  19. Amazing dress, Beth!!! You look terrific in it!

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  20. Just beautiful, Beth. It looks fabulous on you!

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  21. Your dress looks great. I look forward to your next version/s.

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  22. I love this! So cool how a little adjustment in the back made it fit perfectly. I say this every year, but I have garden envy!

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  23. Beth this dress is lovely!! I love the way it looks and fits on you. Of course you're not the only one who hasn't jumped on the "shingles" dress pattern...I haven't made it yet but now put it in my sewing cue for this year. I do have the pattern, just never got around to it. I will now! Love the color or your fabric to...I think I'll head over to Girl Charlie, thanks for the tip!

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  24. Every time I see a new dress that you´ve made, it creates me a need! Love this one. I didn´t really like it on the catalog but once again you proved I was totally wrong! The striped fabric is ace with the design.

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  25. Love this! I've made it twice, once in a cotton lycra knit stripe without sleeves, and once in a turquoise stretch lace, with 3/4 sleeves. Casual and fancy versions -- it's a great pattern and I plan to make it again!

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