Red Is One of My Favorite Colors – Vogue 8871

 

Every once in awhile I inventory my closets to see what needs to be retired and what needs to be added.  I noticed that I only have only red dress in rotation.  That was kind of odd, since red is one of my favorite colors.  So I decided it was time to add a little warmth to my wardrobe.

This is the perfect time.  The holiday season is around the corner, and I may as well get a head start.  So I began with a simple princess seam red dress.  Vogue 8871 is perfect:  it’s simple; it’s fit and flare; and it’s cute.  Mood’s red stretch rayon-nylon ponte knit is a perfect match for this dress.

Initially, I made view B adding the sleeve from Vogue 1314. I tried it on several times before and after hemming it.  Something wasn’t right.  So I call in my little consultant, my darling daughter.  Immediately, she said, “It’s too long.  Take a few inches off.”  Still I was trying to make the length work, trying on various belts.  I didn’t want to cut it off after all that hemming.  Tee hee.  So finally I gave in, cutting about 3.5 inches off the dress.  Now, I’m happy.

I made a few more changes:

  • Full bust adjustment
  • Sway back adjustment by adding a center back seam, folding out the access at the waist and curving the center back seam to fit.
  • I don’t like to do a narrow hem at the neckline. So I made a neck band about two inches wide and two inches less than the length of the neckline.
  • I didn’t top stitch around the armhole, nor did I double stitch the seams.  I stitched once and finished the edges with the serger.

In the end, the dress did look like view A with long sleeves. I barely looked at the instructions, as this is a very easy dress to make.  The instructions were less than a page after the layout information.

My only dislike was the narrow hem for the neckline.  I like a narrow neck band that is attached then turned in for a clean sturdy finish.

Call me crazy, but I think I will try View B in a print, like the one the model is wearing on the website.  😉

This is a very easy pattern that beginners can sew, and it is flattering on most body shapes.  It’s worth a try.

 

Part II:  Adding Interest to a Simple Classic Silhouette – Butterick 5727 Fur Collar

Medium Brown Lamb Shearling, Chocolate/Black Iridescent Twill Lining, and Butterick 5727.

So sorry the medium brown lamb shearling is sold out.  I was able to grab two pieces around this time last year.  Way back then, I did not know what I’d do with it.  When I saw it, I wanted it; so I got it.  The good news is, Mood has other shearlings that may interest you.  As for the Chocolate/Black Iridescent Twill Lining, they have it in stock and it is perfect with the lamb shearling fur collar.

You can easily make it without a pattern, but I had it on hand.  So why not use it. 😉  I made size medium.  The only change made: I double the ties.  It looks much nicer then the narrow hem method.
So you never see the wrong side of the fabric.

Easy..,

That’s all for now.

Happy Sewing!
C

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Comments


  • Irene
    October 18, 2016

    Love the dress! And that collar is the perfect accessory.

    • Cennetta
      October 18, 2016

      Thank you, Irene.

  • Peter
    October 18, 2016

    The dress is perfection! (And so glad to hear about the shearlings at Mood as I’m thinking of putting a shearling collar on a jacket I made a few months ago.)

    • Cennetta
      October 18, 2016

      Thanks, Peter. Mood very nice shearlings. Can’t wait to see you collar.

  • Deb Wilkinson
    October 18, 2016

    Looks TERRIFIC.

  • PsychicSewerKathleen
    October 18, 2016

    Beautiful dress on you! Such an amazing fit 🙂 Love the scarf with it too – the colours are just delicious!

  • Cennetta
    October 18, 2016

    Thank you, Kathleen. I simply love my new fur collar.

  • Amanda S.
    October 19, 2016

    Great fit and color! I like the fur collar too. It’s such a cute outfit.

    • Cennetta
      October 20, 2016

      Thanks, Amanda.

  • Rose Britton
    October 20, 2016

    Lovely dress — so grateful to see an easy pattern that flatters. And your adjustments are excellent. Shearling collar is inspired!

  • Cennetta
    October 20, 2016

    Thank you, Rose.

  • Fiona
    October 21, 2016

    I can see why you like red it looks great on you! Love the shaping on those princess seams, you’ve achieved a fantastic fit!

    • Cennetta
      October 23, 2016

      Thank you, Fiona.

  • Zeila
    October 23, 2016

    Perfect fit and perfect styling! You always look so lovely in your creations.

    • Cennetta
      October 23, 2016

      Aw, thank you Zeila!

  • Lori
    October 24, 2016

    Love this dress on you and the collar is a beautiful addition

    • Cennetta
      October 27, 2016

      Thank you, Lori. The collar certainly adds interest to this classic dress.

  • Erica Bunker
    October 27, 2016

    I see why red is your favorite, you look stunning in it! Beautiful dress!

    • Cennetta
      October 27, 2016

      Thank you, Erica. I hope to add a few more red pieces to my wardrobe in the coming months.