Vogue 8805 has been around for a couple years. Several bloggers and members of Patternreview.com have made it When it was first published, I thought it was a nice easy pattern to try. Back then I read a few reviews and saw that some ladies had no problems with it. It didn't really find reviews that included changes that I may need to make to get a perfect fit.
So last weekend I decided to give V8805 a try. Really this was my "wearable muslin" test. My hopes was to make it work. This pattern can be used to make a top and a long coat. I got the long coat idea from one of my pins on Pinterest.com.
Here is my review of Vogue 8805:
Pattern Description: MISSES' DRESS: Pullover dress (semi-fitted through bust) has back neck slit, hook/eye closing and narrow hem. Purchased bias tape finishes neckline. A, B, C, D CUP SIZES. This pattern can be worn by all body shapes as indicated on the pattern.
Pattern Sizing: It comes in sizes 8 - 24; I used 14/16 with the middle section D cup. Just testing the usability of the pattern options.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Pretty much. The dress worn by the models seem to have a little more shaping about the waist area. It appears to have less style ease than the illustrations on the envelope. I wish Vogue included the photographs on the envelope. That would reduce the number of times I have to go back to the website to look the shape and fit of the garment. That probably cost more money.
Were the instructions easy to follow? Very easy.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? The shape of the dress and the color blocking options.
Fabric Used: Ponte knit from JoAnn's.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I was hoping that I could get away with minimum alterations. Occasionally, I have a momentary brain freeze and forgot that I will always need certain types of fit alterations 99.5 percent of the time. This was no exception.
Construction Changes --
- Only topstitched where the middle and the lower part of the dress is joined.
- Made the hems wider than indicated in the guide sheet.
- Added two inches to the lower section.
- I prefer to finish the neckline with bias band cut from the fashion fabric. It looks nicer.
- Tapered the sides of the middle and lower section starting below the bust area.
- Added vertical darts to the back of the dress. But I forgot to do the swayback adjustment.
- Added a centered back seam.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I plan to. I want to at least try it again in a top and/or possibly making the jacket/cardigan similar to my pin.
Conclusion: This is a easy pattern to sew. But don't skip making your usual fit adjustments. You may need to do a little reshaping of the dress. This pattern can be used for a jacket or top. I do recommend it to others. But read some of the reviews before you start. You may find a few helpful tips.