Monday, July 26, 2010

Vogue 2900

A dress that was previously mentioned about the pattern.
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I sewed the Vogue dress, 2900 in a very stiff fabric.
I fell in love with this print instantly when I saw it for the first time on the dark corner of a small shop which was filled with many mysterious and miscellaneous goods and clutters from all over the world. I didn't know what to do with this African wax printed fabric, but I had to bring it home with me.

I wore it on the last Saturday when I went to Tokyo to meet my friends, and I got quite a lot of compliments from them. I had a few unexpected compliments from strangers(!) while shopping on the day too. I think I have to be very thankful to Vogue Patterns!

Have a good week!
yoshimi


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Pattern Description:
Dresses A, B have bodice with angled seams, yoke and side front pockets, invisible zipper closing. A: edgestitch finishing. B: ribbon trim finishing. A, B: flared skirt with narrow hem. I chose style B, but sewed without ribbon trim finishing.

Pattern Sizing:
A(6-8-10), D(12-14-16), FW(18-20-22)
I used size8. According to the size chart I should have made size12, however, thanks to the previous reviews I was brave to cut in two sizes smaller, and it was absolutely successful. Considering that I tend to like narrower ease on most dresses, I think its size12 was too big to my measurements generally.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think very much so, if it was without some adjustments I did to this dress.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I sewed it in my way though. I like installing invisible zippers in the earlier step than the last step that was suggested in the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the bias cut of the big skirt as well as the sharp image of the bodice. I don't have particular dislikes in the style, however, I think I can say that I am not fond of having a zipper on the back of my dress. It's just a very personal preference and I placed it on the side of this dress, and it was no problem at all.

Fabric Used:
Plain cotton, African wax printed. It was a very stiff fabric, that was one of the reasons I wanted to cut it in bias.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I have put the invisible zipper on the left side, instead of putting it in the back. I cut Bodice Back(4), Back Neck Facing(10), Skirt Front(12), Skirt Back(17), Yoke Back(19) and Yoke Front B(20) "on fold". I also shortened the bodice an inch and took 1.5 inches from the waistline. The reason I shortened the bodice was not that it was too long to my torso, but that I liked to raise the waist slightly higher than it was originally supposed to be.


Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I am already planning the next one!

Conclusion:
I love the dress! I got this African wax printed fabric, and it has grown in my mind that the fabric would make a pretty dress since then. Although it was a bit difficult and time-taking for me to match this print pattern on the bodice parts, especially in biased grain, the bias cut of the dress pattern helped a lot to get a nice fit from the stiff fabric, and I am very pleased with the result. I can recommend the pattern if you'd love a summery pretty sporty dress!
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20 comments:

  1. I've been eyeing up this pattern for a while now and you've convinced me it needs to go on my wish list.

    This dress is beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration.

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  2. Great fabric choice fot this pattern. You look stunning in your dress!

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  3. Excellent pairing of fabric with pattern. I am impressed by your ability to move the zipper; it might have been a little over my head to figure that out! I can see why even strangers were complimenting you on the wonderful total look!

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  4. It look amazing! That fabric is a gorgeous choice! Your pattern changes work really well, especially with the print. Lovely!

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  5. I can see why you were attracted to the fabric. It is just beautiful. The pattern for the dress has great lines too! Another fantastic creation for you!

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  6. It is an amazing dress on you!! Perfectly made and attractive! I can see why you received the compliments!

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  7. I love your dress. It doesn't look like something you would find at your average dress shop. Thanks for the out and about shots. It's nice to see different places.

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  8. It's GORGEOUS! I have this pattern in my stash - it looks sooo pretty on you...

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  9. What a gorgeous dress - I just love it! Well done.

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  10. Cute dress! Love the print and it looks so nice on you!

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  11. OMGosh what an awesome review and an awesome dress. I am definitely going to try the zipper on the side installation. I am not good with zippers in the back.

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  12. That is a lovely dress! (From my experience with African wax printed fabric, it softens incredibly after a wash... if you have any scraps left, wash those, to see what effects the wash will have?)

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  13. Such a stunning design!
    Jana

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  14. Yoshimi, this is absolutely stunning! You make the most beautiful things--and your blog posts are so well written. You give me hope for blogger-seamstresses everywhere.

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  15. This dress looks beautiful Yoshimi! I don't think I would be able to leave the shop without that fabric either!

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  16. Beautiful dress Yoshimi! I really love the style of this pattern and the fabric you chose work perfectly together! Wonderful job!

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  17. It's a beautiful dress! I love the fabric (I love purple) and the shape. The large print looks really great on this dress.

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  18. I found this pattern yesterday in the world wide web :-) And now i see your version. Very beautiful.
    Regards from Germany
    Elke

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