Green with Envy – Ralph Lauren’s Vibrant Green Viscose Matte Jersey – Vogue 8921

 

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 immediate beginner should be able to sew with no problem.

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

Happy Sewing!

C

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Comments


  • Lise Neely
    April 10, 2014

    Just beautiful! I’m a beginner and could probably tackle something like this. Perfect for my ballroom dance classes. Thanks for the inspiration!

    • Denise
      April 10, 2014

      Lise, just a quick caution (sorry, I did competitive ballroom dancing for several years, I can’t resist!)– if you wear a dress like this for any kind of dancing other than the “I’m-not-sure-how-to- dance-shuffle”, you’ll destroy the skirt and maybe an ankle. Your heel will get caught a few inches up from the hem line and you’ll put a hole in the skirt (and you’ll probably fall). It would be a *beautiful* ballroom dress if you made it several inches shorter. Sorry for the unsolicited advice!

    • Cennetta
      April 10, 2014

      Lise, Thank you for the compliment. I hope you do try this pattern. It’s sew up quickly and perfect for dress up. ;-) BTW- maybe you want to take Denise’s advise about ballroom dancing in this cute little number. I didn’t dance in it. :-)
      Thanks again,
      Cennetta

  • Sew Busy Lizzy
    April 10, 2014

    What a vibrant, spectacular colour on you! Show-stopper!

    • Cennetta
      April 10, 2014

      Thank you, Lizzy!

  • Peter
    April 10, 2014

    Gorgeous dress — that color is stunning on you and the drape of the fabric is very glamorous. Great job!

    • Cennetta
      April 10, 2014

      Peter,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      C

  • oonaballoona
    April 10, 2014

    sooooooooo lovely, you ARE spring– and that color is beautiful on you!!

    • Cennetta
      April 10, 2014

      Oonaballoona,

      Yes, I am Spring!! It’s been a looonnng hard winter. I’m ready!

      Thank you!
      Cennetta

  • Debbie Iles
    April 10, 2014

    Ooh that looks absolutely lovely on you! AMAZING colour, and I really love the beautiful drape of a nice viscose and those seamlines.

    • Cennetta
      April 10, 2014

      Thanks, Debbie.

  • Lori
    April 10, 2014

    Wow, this dress and the color of fabric is gorgeous. You look fabulous.

  • Manju
    April 10, 2014

    Fab colour on you and love this pattern. I have it must sew it!

    • Cennetta
      April 10, 2014

      Thanks, Manju. You want be disappointed.

  • Fiona
    April 10, 2014

    STUNNING Cennetta! You really work that colour! The dress itself is such a gorgeous shape on you with the wrap belt, great job

  • Cennetta
    April 10, 2014

    Thank you, Fiona.

  • Ginger
    April 10, 2014

    Wow! What a vibrant, fabulous dress! Great job!!!

    • Cennetta
      April 10, 2014

      The fabric is the bold and fresh, spring like. Love it and Thank you!

  • Angela
    April 10, 2014

    Absolutely stunning!!! The colour is gorgeous on you. The fit is superb. Fantastic work, Cennetta

    • Cennetta
      April 10, 2014

      Thanks so much, Angela.

  • Idle Fancy
    April 10, 2014

    Wow. This is absolutely stunning! You look amazing in this color and the silhouette is gorgeous. What a fabulous dress, Cennetta!

  • MB@YarnUiPhoneApp
    April 11, 2014

    Beautiful….great way to start off spring in Chicago (where I am too…).

  • Diana
    April 11, 2014

    This is just beautiful and suits you to a T.

  • Amanda S.
    April 11, 2014

    Soooooo pretty on you!

  • Jenny Clarke
    April 17, 2014

    That green is delicious. A really lovely style on you. Well done. It does’t matter if a pattern is easy to sew. Half of the skill of making a good garment is choosing the right fabric, colour, drape and pattern. Good job.

  • Cennetta
    April 18, 2014

    Thanks to you all!

  • Sarah Gunn
    April 24, 2014

    This is beautiful, Cennetta! Did the see the gorgeous RL green runway dress? You look fab :)

  • Cennetta
    April 25, 2014

    Thanks, Sarah. I did see it. gorgeous.
    C