Friday, April 11, 2014

Green with Envy - Ralph Lauren's Vibrant Green Viscose Matte Jersey - Vogue 8921

Vacation wardrobe interrupted to showcase my latest Mood Sewing Network project. So here goes.., After seeing Episode 5 of Being Mary Jane, I was determined to find a vibrant green fabric to make a similar dress.  I searched the Mood online fabric store to see if there was something close to the color.  The first few searches turned up nothing I really liked.  Then in early March, Mood posted new arrivals to their store.  There was a huge selection of green textiles for the choosing.  I was one happy sewist.

So with my Mood allowance, I selected Ralph Lauren's Vibrant Green Viscose Matte Jersey. Seriously it's a great fabric.  The recovery is excellent; the color is rich; and it is easy to sew. And perfect for my inspiration dress.  While Mary Jane's dress was a sexy sleeveless little number, Vogue 8921 was good for me.  I wanted a similar silhouette with modest and long sleeves (still chilly in Chicago).  This pattern has been on my list for a while.  After seeing Erica Bunker's version, I was sold on making this dress.

Vogue describes this dress pattern as: Misses' Dress - dress has fitted bodice with waist and front shoulder pleats, back zipper: Necklines, drape B, sleeves B, C: Narrow hem. The sizing listed is 6 through 22. I used size 14 with modifications.

For the most part my dress looked like the pattern and had a similar silhouette as the inspiration dress. The instructions appeared to be very easy, but I did not read them. The construction techniques were similar to other patterns that I have sewn in the past. I did notice that stitching two or three rows was recommended instead of serging the edges. I never do that, and I always manage to forget to say that in my reviews. View C calls for 2 3/4 yards.  I ordered 4 yards and had less than a foot left.  Maybe it's because I lengthen the sleeves and skirt.  But to me the yardage seems a little off.  I recommend you get a little more to be on the safe side, especially if you are tall like me.

I've had the pattern a while.  But I am just getting around to it. I like:
  •  pleating at the shoulder and waist
  • "V" neck - great for my body type.
  • simple

I did make a few alterations.  As usual:  a FBA (only half of what I normally make and similar to the FBA done for V8825.); prominent shoulder blade adjustment (shoulder darts); sway back adjustment; and added 4" to the length of the skirt and 1 1/2" to the length of the sleeves I wanted them to fall on my hands.

I don't know if I will sew the pattern again.  I made this dress for the Annual Pastor's Banquet.  This is a nice dress that an intermediate beginner should be able to sew with no problem. 

I'm really pleased with the outcome of this dress. 

Happy Sewing!


  1. I don't blame you about that dress. I thought it was beautiful on her. Your dress is vibrant and it looks very nice on you.

  2. Very pretty! Love the color!


  3. What a sensational dress! The color looks great on you, and it all works!

  4. What a beautiful color and you look fabulous in it!

  5. Beautiful dress. .. love the color.

  6. This one great dress and color on you. Fabulous!!!

  7. wow, gorgeous, you look so glamorous. great color on you.

  8. Very nice. You do look glamorous

  9. Bright colour, nice silhouette. Always admire your sewing output.

  10. Oh, I am green with envy! :-) You look so elegant in this. Beautiful!

  11. You look so pretty and vibrant, perfect for Spring, Cenetta. Love it! Erica's version is lovely as well.

  12. I don't know about you but I just love the way jersey can work for almost any occasion. You can dress it up or dress it down... Wear it to a formal occasion, to work or to a picnic. The only limitation is your own imagination. I love what you did with this one. It's perfect for wearing out on the town or for just a quiet evening at home.

  13. This is so gorgeous. I can see how wonderfully the fabric drapes. And that colour is the perfect herald for spring. BTW, I really love your necklace.



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