Thursday, October 23, 2014

Vogue 8784 Wrap Dress - Curvy Sewing Collective Wrapalong

Sorry that it has been like crickets around here lately!  I have a pretty nasty case of bronchitis, and were it not for the deadline of needing to get this posted for the Curvy Sewing Collective's Wrapalong, I would not be posting right now.

I will start with the end result:


If my cheeks are a little red, it is not because I have blush on.  We were doing this shoot between coughing spells and wheezing fits.


All in all I like the dress.  Any dress that I can wear patent heels with makes me happy.  The ponte that I used for this dress is actually heavier than I realized but with 50 degree days setting in here in Indy, it just isn't a problem.  I think the dress will be great for Holiday parties and gatherings.


I love the length of the dress.  Normally I find that dresses that aren't really cut for plus size gals tend to be shorter than I would like, but this one covers just enough knee.


Obviously it makes me happy!  And even leaning forward there was no gaping neckline.  What's not to love?  

I will be posting this on the Curvy Sewing Collective Wrapalong page, so make sure you go give me a vote when voting opens.


Now for the pattern.  Vogue 8784 only goes up to a size 22 so there was a bit of grading to be done.  For the bodice I added an inch at each of the side seams, resulting in 4 extra inches.  I also added an extra inch at each of the side seams of the skirt for a total of 4 inches there as well.  The back of the bodice of the dress is actually three pieces and I like the way it added to the shaping of the dress.  

I was able to sew most of the dress on the serger which made it come together very quickly.  I decided to hand sew the hem and sleeve cuffs because this textured fabric would not have been happy to have topstitching.  I hand picked both so there is no seam showing on the exterior of the dress.  I did not line the dress as called for in the pattern and instead finished the edges with a contrast black band that I decided to run all the way to the hem.  Were I making it again, I think I would consider going with a thicker band for more contrast, but ya'll I just love the richness of this fabric.

I was surprised at how well the pattern ended up working for me, and would surely make it again.  Next time I will tie the tie on the correct side and just blame this faux pas on the cough syrup.

So tell me friends, what do you think?



39 comments:

  1. Straight up awesome...& I love, love, LOVE you the red/black!!!!

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    1. Stupid spell check! I love the red and black...!!!!

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    2. Thanks, I have to admit the red and black was pretty bold for me, but I am really digging it!

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  2. Swit swoo! You look glorious! That is a fab dress in fab fabric. And I love the contrast trim.Bravo! Hope you feel better soon.

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    1. Thanks Rosie! I have a wee piece of the fabric left, and I am hoping to squeeze a front bodice piece for a raglan top out of it then do a black back and sleeves.

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  3. Fabulous! The pattern is obviously a keeper. Love the fabric. What a great colour on you!

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    1. Thanks Nita! I still have some tweaks to make to the pattern, but yes it will be in the to be made again pile.

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  4. You and your dress are gorgeous!! I love the fabric you chose. Always nice to have a wrap dress that doesn't gape on the neckline. That's often my problem with them, which is probably why I haven't made one for a while now.

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I was really afraid the pattern was going to be too much, but with the contrast I think it turned out alright. I have found that the placement of the ties and the hole the tie goes through can really effect the gape tremendously. If I place the tie on the top of the skirt instead of the bottom of the bodice it seems to make all the difference.

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  5. You look G-O-R-G-E-O-U-S!! I love the fabric print and your right it will be perfect for to wear to holiday gatherings. I do believe I was looking at this pattern but ended up getting V8379 instead. I love how the trim accents the dress and like you I love patent leather heels. This dress is truly a winner!

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    1. Thanks Sabrina. I am blushing! I really like your version with V8379 and may have to give it a try too.

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  6. I just found your blog through CSC, and I had to say that this dress looks gorgeous on you! It's perfect dress for the upcoming holiday season. I'm so glad I found another curvy sewer to add to my blogroll :)

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    1. Thanks Brittani! I really love how the CSC is helping unite all us curvy sewers. It is such a great project and I think the gals over there are doing tremendous things!

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  7. Great dress! I was just fondling that same fabric at Hancock's yesterday. It's really nice stuff.

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    1. Thanks Debbie. I am really tempted to go back and get a few yards of the black and blue leopard print in the same ponte. It is such luxurious fabric.

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  8. Fabulous dress! I found your blog through the Wrapalong on CSC, and will be following along now.

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    1. Thanks Maggie. Your Antler cardigan is fantastic. Love the color and the shape of it. Sure wish I had the patience to knit.

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  9. I also found you through the Wrapalong and I love your dress the best, but I also wanted to say, that you are really beautiful! And your hair is really, really pretty! :)

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    1. Thanks Sarah Jane. My ego is thoroughly inflated! No really, I appreciate your kind words! Your micro photography is quite lovely!

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    1. Thanks Andie! I really like your wrap dress as well. That color is the stuff my casual daydreams are made of. A great neutral that is anything but boring!

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  11. Wow, I really like it Alicia! Another convert to the cult of the wrap dress?!

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    1. Could be...and wrap tunics...and faux wraps. Ohhhh the possibilities!

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  12. Congrats, you look amazing & it fits perfectly. This could turn out to be a TNT pattern for you, say made for warmer weather in a thinner ponte or rayon or cotton knit with a knit lining with shorter sleeves. And wonderful for the holidays as noted.

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    1. You are so right. With this pattern there are infinite possibilities.

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  13. What an amazing dress! I love this print and this shade of red really suits you (and no one would have known you were sick if you hadn't said so). I can't wait for the next sew along with the CSC to see all the beautiful creations at the end!

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    1. Thank you La boutiqueuse! This sewalong was so much fun to participate in, I can't wait for the next one.

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  14. The dress is fab, and you're rocking it!

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  15. Hey ... I think maybe you won!!! I was looking at the CSC to see if there was a date for the announcement and noticed the little pics have vote counts now and you are FIRST with 166!! Woot!

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  16. It looks that way, but I have not been contacted or anything, so I am not counting my chickens before they hatch. I kept waiting to hear something all day, but never heard anything!

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    1. Just checking to make sure you've been contacted by now??

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  17. You look gorgeous! Both the pattern and color work reality well for you! Great job!

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  18. You look beautiful. Great dress!

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    1. Thanks, Bunny! I love that Anne Klein Vogue pattern that you are planning to make. That jacket will be a real winner IMHO.

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  19. Beautiful! And a nice blog. You have a new follower.

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    1. Thanks, Nina. The quilts and embroidery that you are making are stunning!

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