Saturday, August 8, 2015

Peak pattern perfection, 2nd time with Vogue 8904, the shingle dress

Prepare for Stripe-a-palooza! I just made that up. I have stripe-itis this summer. For some reason I have acquired a bunch of striped fabrics and and am sewing up a stripe-y storm. Which is so weird, as I don't think I had anything striped before I made this outfit. That one was kind of a tour de force of stripe-ishness and won't be repeated. Although I told myself to make the skirt again, as it was very fun. Uh, wait. My first stripe item precedes the bias stripe one, and it is this very pattern we are discussing today. Vogue 8904.
Wow, I am rambling this morning. I got 8.5 hours of sleep last night so ENERGY! And it is Saturday morning! woo hoo!  Slight aside, I usually write my blog posts throughout the week, finish them up and hit post on Friday but today you have Saturday morning stream of consciousness blog post. We'll see how that goes :)
Back to the topic at hand, Vogue 8904, a.k.a The Shingle Dress. which I think was coined by my friend Shams. This pattern is a couple of years old now, and there were a flurry of versions that first year but I finally got around to it last year. And was barely satisfied with that one, which was kind of a test version in my mind.
And now the latest version.

shingle dress on form front

Pattern Love !  This one is a winner and maybe I should retire it as I finally found the exact fabric and color way that I had envisioned. I guess this is a ponte knit? Or something like that. I rarely sew with ponte knits so I am not that familiar. In any case a beefier knit that rayon jersey or cotton interlock. Which is really perfect for this dress, it gives it a little more shape and body than a thin knit.
I bought it at Stone Mountain a couple of months ago so I am sure it is long gone. Not sure if you can tell but it is navy blue with emerald green. A very Kate Spade combo.

Sewing details, not that many. If you are interested in sewing this pattern I have details in the first version post. Including how to adjust the shingles so that in the back they don't crumple across your back or bottom (which if you have a substantial backside and are on the short side as I am is quite likely) a genius solution which I didn't come up with. Read that post and see how it is helpful to have sewing friends examine your rear view :)

Yes, I am so hot I have to wear shades. Ha ha,  more like it is 100˚F and time to change into my swimsuit for a dip. Now I know why dusk is the magic time for blog photos. less sweating and glare :)

shingle dress on me

Back view. My slim-hipped form does not fill out a dress like I do. Annoying.

shingle dress on form back

I was quite stumped when I first used this pattern how to get the stripes to match on the side but Shams to the rescue, in one of our conversations she said the trick was to put the bottom cutting edge of the shingle on the same spot on every pattern piece. And that works perfectly. Although see top back shingle here - I evidently didn't finish cutting that piece so could not figure out why it didn't match up correctly on the other side. Duh! fixed now. But I could not see the problem looking at it closely for a couple of days. Example of "can't see the forest for the trees".

shingle dress on form side

I love how the binding turned out on this version. I plotted, planned and carefully pressed to have that green stripe on the edge everywhere. I think it ties the whole look together.  Also on the previous version of this dress, I made the stripe binding at right angles to the dress body. While it looks great it was terrible to sew and proved why knit bindings need to be on the cross grain.

shingle dress neckline

Not sure why this is, perhaps by pattern alterations  - grading between sizes from top to bottom on both versions of this dress I have some triangle-y stick out bits on the edge of the shingles. which I just chop off and it seems to work perfectly. After this version I have concluded that it is the difference in stretch factor between the inner knit lining and the outer fabric. Whatever, even with that little adjustment the stripes still match and that is all that matters.

Edge of Shingle dress

Here is the pattern for this dress. I think the envelope versions are awful, and they look like they belong in a stylish vampire movie. If I had not seen this pattern sewn up by others I would not have given it a chance. thank you internet!

V8904 pattern envelope

A look at my dress in the slightly better lighting. This is one of the most comfortable dresses in my wardrobe. A great twist on the classic sheath dress. Plus a chance to wear my green sandals. Too matchy? too bad I like them :)

Stripe dress edited

So that's the latest stripe update. More bulletins to come. I posted another stripe item on my Instagram a few days ago for the #sewphotohop,  day 3: Colorful. and the fabric was a winner. So that one will be coming up soon.
I am enjoying the #sewphotohop - typically I am not much for blog tours or hops or whatever but it is a fun way to find out what is going on and hopefully discover some new to me blogs (a few weeks in and I still wish people blogged more instead of just instagrammed but that's probably just me. Reading long form sewing posts - I like to get the details!)

Ok, off to savor the weekend. Happy sewing, Beth

and today's SunnyGal garden photo. This is a really interesting Salvia I bought at the local junior college horticultural department's plant sale. I have gotten some great stuff there, such a good resource. The tag says "salvia darcyi" and it has curly stalks and stems so I have not quite decided on a spot for it. Still in the pot but it needs a sunny spot.

Garden may 2015


  1. Beth, I totally love your shingle dress and the colors of the stripes. and the Salvia, wow! Those I can grow here in Phoenix, so I'll be on the lookout for it!

  2. That is a great dress on you!

  3. Love your dress, it looks very nice on you! I love me some stripes!
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  4. lol, stylish vampire movie! Love your dress, so bummed I didn't buy the pattern. Is it OOP?

  5. It's another gorgeous striped fiesta, Beth!

  6. Gorgeous color combo and impressive stripe matching! I made this shingle dress last year and have been meaning to make another. Thanks for the reminder!

  7. Beth, the dress looks wonderful! I'd never pick that pattern up looking at the envelope photo, but your version is a stunner! Well done!

  8. Beth, the dress looks wonderful! I'd never pick that pattern up looking at the envelope photo, but your version is a stunner! Well done!

  9. Beth, the dress looks wonderful! I'd never pick that pattern up looking at the envelope photo, but your version is a stunner! Well done!

  10. Beautiful colors! Please tell me what fabric you used as the knit under dress.

  11. A winner indeed! Love your version of this dress, great colour, fab stripes.

  12. Gosh, you really made a pretty version of this pattern. All your care paid off - it's lovely and looks fantastic on you. I think stripes are like ikat, ogees, and quatrefoils - you have to be in the mood for them and have just the right pattern. Great dress!

  13. Very nice, and I love the sandals with it! not too matchy at all!!

  14. Wow - such a nice dress & your stripe matching is amazing !!!! It looks cool & comfy

  15. Beth - send me that dress. Where can I send the prepaid envelope for pick up? I absolutely love those colors together and ponte sends it over the top. Ponte is my favorite. Love at first sight.

  16. Your dresses just stunning! Another red Salvia much like yours is Lady in Red. They grow quite large and the Humingbirds just love them.

  17. Gorgeous!!! You look stunning in it! Another pattern I should try...oh, Beth, stop being so inspirational,will you?

  18. Oooo, I really like this version a lot. Good stripe width that is shown to particular advantage on this dress. The binding looks great, too, does indeed unite the garment completely and complements the angles of the stripes. The blue stripe at the bottoms of the shingles and the green on the bindings are really nice. Looks super on you.

  19. This is gorgeous! And another reminder that I should see if my local store has this pattern in stock

  20. Good thing you saw past the Vampira cover, because this is just a fabulous dress!

  21. Great dress. I have that pattern and have just got some fabric to make it. Your previous post with the adjustments will be very handy as I also have a big(ger) booty than yours. I love navy and jade together!

  22. I still haven't made this dress, even though my favorite ready-to-wear dress is quite similar. I'm glad it works in Ponte. Thanks Beth!

  23. Thank you for the link to Girl Charlee (in the first version post). I had never heard of it, the fabric selection is awesome and the shipping costs look amazing!
    I have finally put this dress on my wish list.

  24. Oooh, this dress is lovely! I love it with the different stripes going all which way. Very cool! And I ADORE it with your blue sandals; the perfect choice!

  25. Beautiful dress! Looks really good with the stripes.



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