I loved this pattern/silhouette as soon as it came out and I picked a green double-sided wool crepe from Mood back in August to sew it in. I just needed the temperatures to drop to use it. Of course since it’s the end of November, the temps have dropped so making and wearing the dress is perfect now.
Green double-sided wool crepe from the Mood store in NYC
Gray rayon bemberg lining
One 6″ Riri zipper
Vogue 8824 Pattern Alterations:
Even though this pattern goes up to an XXL (size 24-26) in Vogue land, as a plus size chick I know that Vogue cuts their plus size patterns on the slim side rather than the full size. So the first alteration I made to all the pattern pieces (front, back & sleeve) was to alter them using my TNT (tried and true) dress pattern. I do this by creating a pattern sandwich
- first my TNT dress pattern is laid down
- then the pattern piece from V8824
- finally tracing paper is added to the top
- then I trace a new pattern piece
All my fitting issues are resolved by using my TNT dress pattern and I don’t have to start from scratch with the new pattern. I also altered the shoulder seam on the pattern pieces front and back by 1.5″. That was the extent of the pattern alterations.
I made a few changes to make the dress more like I imagined it. I omitted the facings and added a lining to the body of the dress but not the sleeves. The pattern suggests that you cut the back on the fold. I need body definition so I added a center back seam. But the biggest change I made was to the pockets. The pattern calls for patch pockets – big fat patch pockets on the front of the dress. Well I guess if you’re not sporting additional abdomen fat on the front of you, those pockets would work…but in my world I don’t call attention to my extra large protrusions. In my world, I hide them by any means necessary…so after rooting through a few books and looking at some pics online, I decided to go with zipper pockets.
Zipper Pocket Techniques:
First, I found a helpful tutorial online from Sew Mama Sew. It was very helpful in making the one pocket that appears on my dress. Now why is there only one pocket? Because I was fearless in cutting a hole into the front of my dress piece when I didn’t have anymore fabric left to recut the front. Seriously people I don’t know what the hell I was thinking! Because of course, I cut the hole to big! Why wouldn’t I? I’m not the most precise sewist…I just like to sew and have some great ideas…but precision sewing…that ain’t me!
So in the middle of the night, I’m screaming at the television and at myself because I’ve got to make this work. I even started to take pictures of this before I effed it up!
After many prayers, some stitch witchery and a lot of pressing I fixed the problem. I mean you can only see the hole if you’re really close to me, looking for it…or so my daughter says. That is why there is only ONE zipper pocket (which doesn’t have a pocket bag on the back because I decided to stop while I was ahead!) It does look kinda kewl on the dress front though, right?
I will make this again. I already have an idea of how I want to make it as a tunic top with a skirt and/or pants. I also have several different embellishment ideas running through my head. Second, zipper pockets would be an amazing addition to this pattern, just leave enough fabric to practice them first! And finally, this is a great pattern that would look great on many different body types.
So a few more pictures…
…as always, more later!