Monday, October 13, 2014

Vogue 8805 - Color Blocked





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.





The pattern includes cup sizes A, B, C, D, but that does not always work for ladies who need to make a FBA.  And believe it or not, most times when a pattern says "very easy" that means fewer pattern pieces or easy to sew together.  Keep in mind that does not always translate into very easy fitting.

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.
Fit Changes --
  • 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.
With  the fitting changes I still see a drag marks start from the side in the bust area that travel to the back of the dress.  So I think I really do need to make the sway back adjustment and I think it would be better to alter the mid-section A/B cup size to get a better fit all together.  

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.

Happy Sewing!
Cennetta


40 comments:

  1. Very lovely. I haven't done any color blocking but you have just given me life my friend.

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  2. I love the colors you have used in your version. This is a great dress! I keep thinking about making this pattern, but I have a similar color-blocked dress in linen. It would be so nice in a knit, though.

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    1. Thanks, Jenny. I tried to use colors in my color palette. Also making sure a dark color falls in the bust atea.

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  3. i have always liked that pattern and you have made a great autumnal version.

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    1. Thanks, Beth. This dress will look great on you.

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  4. I love the colors of this dress, it really looks pretty on you. Or should I say you look so pretty in it! Thanks for all the pattern information.

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  5. I'm intrigued by your idea of making a coat or jacket from this pattern. The inspiration photo has raglan sleeves, where the pattern has dolman (?) sleeves. How do you envision turning it into a color-blocked coat?

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    1. Thanks, SunGold. The Pinterest inspiration photo is just inspiration for a coat/jacket with similar details. I recognized the different sleeves and had not considered changing the pattern that much. I envisioned the coat/jacket having the same colorways as a top or dress with a short collar. Nothing fancy, simple. If I make it, I will post the details. Thanks for asking.

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  6. I heart the colors that you chose for your dress. Please share the process of making this into a coat!!!

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    1. Thanks, Faye. I will be sure to post the details.

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  7. There's a dress of which I've saved a picture that I saw online at Macy's that I've wanted to make just like this. Now I'll know the pattern to use!

    I love yours, Cennetta. And the coat idea... That would be awesome. Top-stitching could be fun on those seams, or even handwork embellishing. I love opportunities like those!

    Hugs and happy week,
    Kelley~

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    1. Thanks, Kelley. It's always great to hear from you.

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  8. Cennetta, I love your color choices! Nice dress, and fit on you! You are so pretty!

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  9. OMG. I love it. Great colors. I sewed this pattern when it first came out and I looked like crap in it. You on the other hand look FABULOUS. Maybe I should revisit it?? No wait. I tossed the pattern.

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    1. Thanks, Rachelle. You tossed it? :-(

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  10. You look wonderful in this dress. I am tempted to try this pattern too. It is fun and sophisticated at the same time. Your colour combo is awesome.

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  11. Great dress! Love your colour choices.

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    1. Thanks, Irene. I used my trustee little color palette to help select good colors for me.

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  12. Color blocking is so much fun. I'm really glad to see it coming back around.

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  13. I love the color combination that you chose for this dress. It looks great on you.

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  14. We are always the most critical of our own work. You look wonderful and I love those shoes!!!!!!

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    1. Thanks, Rhonda. I'm my own worst critic. Can't help it :-) DSW for the shoes.

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  15. Lovely! That cherry red really is flattering.

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    1. Thanks, Bunny. It's actually a tomato red. The camera changes the color a little.

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  16. Wow, you look gorgeous! I might have to rethink this pattern. Thanks so much for sharing all your wonderful creations!

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  17. Hi Sewalatte. Thanks for commenting. I like this pattern. It's worth a try.

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  18. Really nice color blocking and fit. I like the changes made to the back especially. For me, I want to work around the prominent buttock, so adding darts in the back along with a swayback is almost essential.

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  19. Did you add the bust dart or is it in the design?

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    1. Roseana, I used the pattern piece for d cup and it has the dart drawn on the piece.

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  20. Love the color combo you chose. You look gorgeous in this dress!

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  21. Definitely worth perfecting. I've had this pattern for a while and plan to make one this summer.

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