Saturday, May 19, 2012

Vogue 8511 - a favourite

What does a girl need when attending a law clerkship seminar -  a corporate dress, of course.

Needless to say, Jess doesn't own such a dress - until now.   She was going to buy a RTW dress ($199) but it meant that I would have to take it in and hem etc. Making her this dress was the simplest, cheapest thing to do - not to mention I love sewing for Jess.

In my stash found this beautiful 100% wool fabric from Agnona (part of the Zegna group) so this suiting fabric is amazing.  Purchased when on sale for 50% off and was just waiting for the right occasion to use this beautiful fabric.  Sorry the picture is a bit light - should be darker in colour - dark grey but at least you can visualise the texture of the fabric.





The dress she found for $199.00 is very similar to Vogue 8511, which I've made twice before.  This was the perfect choice.   Sad to see it is now Out of Print.

Alterations:    Found that the front bodice was quite roomy for her and didn't sit flat on her chest, so I sewed a size 6 and fitted her properly by taking in the princess seams for a perfect fit.  Also, altered the paper pattern for future use.  I should have remembered this as the first V8511 dress was made when she was away in Canberra and all I used was her body dummy - fit was perfect.

Bagged the bodice top but underlined the skirt and sleeves.  Found the sleeves to be a bit roomy so took a good 3cm out the whole length of the sleeve.  Also, didn't like the gathering so removed this by altering the sleeve head.  Conclusion - I had to fiddle a bit getting the sleeves to fit - needed to take out more fabric but in the end, it worked out.

I much prefer to have sleeves with 2 parts to them - like they do in jackets.  I wonder if this is possible in dresses or are they cut in one piece.  Would love to find out what your thoughts are as I think a sleeve block for Jess is in order, for future dresses.




Of course, she wore this with a black belt.  Am currently taking this dress up above the knees - for next time she needs that office look.

Jess loves this pattern, so much so that she's asked for an evening dress - no sleeves and longer for a formal night at uni later in the year.  Hmm still thinking of the design and definitely the fabric will play a big part in the look.   The back would be a 'V' quite low - oh well, another project in the pipeline to think about.  I'll just add this to The List.



Monday, May 14, 2012

To Do List

A "To Do List" on my blog - after reading Suellen's post,  decided it would be a great idea to also have a list of my projects on my blog.  Suellen kindly helped me set this up, as I didn't have a clue - thanks Suellen.  I now have my list which reminds me of what I have in the pipeline.

This 'list' is a better idea than just pieces of paper and projects lying all over the place.  I'm a visual person so having my projects with fabric/patterns laying on top ready to make is a good idea, but I'm also an organised person, meaning that, if there's a heap of mess about, I get confused and have to clean up - but if I clean up then the projects get put away - out of sight, out of mind - it just doesn't get done!!

So here is the start of my list:-

Pussy Bow Blouse (Pattern Runway) - for Jess.


Renfrew top - for me.









DKNY 1287 - for Jess




Now I can tidy up my room and have order but still refer to "the list" so that I don't forget my projects.

Thanks again Suellen.