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Sunday, March 3, 2013

Vogue 8871 Knit Dress

Vogue 8871 is a new Vogue Very Easy dress pattern.  I gravitate towards these patterns, as they usually live up to their name, and sew up quickly and easily.  Spring is right around the corner, and I decided that I need some new Spring dresses to liven up my dreary winter wardrobe right now!  This looked like an all season dress- throw on some tights and a cardigan, and you can make it work for a cool March day, or wear it with sandals and you'll be set for a sunny May day.  


This one is a variation on a princess seam dress, with side pieces that can be cut on the opposite grain as the rest of the dress to give it a little more interest at the sides.  The pattern went together wonderfully, and fit great without any alterations.  But when I first tried it on, it wasn't flattering. I tend to look better with open necklines, so I lowered the neckline 4 inches in the front.  I added a belt to break it up at the waist, and am  happier with the end result. 


"Before" lowering neckline
I used a cotton knit from SewBaby that had a print with a definite direction, so that when I cut the side pieces, there would be a noticeable difference. It would be even more obvious with a striped knit, which might be fun to try sometime.

Close up of side sections.
The skirt has a really nice movement when you walk.  I only had enough fabric for the shorter version, view A, but I imagine that this movement would be even more noticeable for View B which is about 8 inches longer.   I did add 2 inches to the View A length,  and at 5'9", it hits me right at the knee. 

A very good pattern.  I do wish that they had included another neckline option, but that is easy enough to do on your own.  Anyone else making this one yet? 


13 comments:

  1. After seeing your dress, I have added it to my queue. What a great dress!

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  2. I really like this. That pattern is really interesting with the side sections and the fabric works perfectly with it. It looks gorgeous on you! Perfect dress for spring!

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  3. Very cute and I love the fabric. I just got this one in the mail. I plan to make the long sleeveless version for summer. I'll have to keep your point about the neckline in mind. A high neck is not for me either. Thank you.

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  4. I love this! I have a similar Very Easy Vogue pattern, but the princess seams continue to the bottom (V8665). I think you made a good decision with the lower neckline. Looks great.

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  5. Bravo! Thanks for the review, yours turned out gorgeous and I love your cute haircut.

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  6. I love how fresh this looks! The neckline adjustment is perfect, too.

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  7. I think your changes to the neckline really improve the dress. I saw a knit dress just this weekend with the stripes going the opposite on the sides just like this dress is cut and wondered if there was a pattern out there for such a dress. And now I know! Thanks for the review. ~Major Moma

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  8. This look really wonderful on you! What a great fabric choice.

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  9. Its so cute, I have added to my list to sew.. fabric is perfect for your complexion.

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  10. Your dress turned out great. Its amazing what a minor change like the neckline can do for a garment.

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