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  • Vogue Dress V8766 Completed

    Posted on 31/01/2014 by David in The Women I Sew For.


    My third dress is now completed and it makes me realise how much I enjoy making clothes for others. The Vogue dress V8766 is quite simple and I explained last time how I graded the pattern for both the skirt and bodice. The only thing I dreaded was going through the fitting stage by myself but it went surprisingly well overall. Once I sewed the main parts on temporary seams I went to see Nadia and made a few adjustments in the following order:

    -Pinning the dress at the back without creating imbalance between the front and back bodice

    -Marking and removing any excess fabric off the side seams (Nadia likes her dresses fitted)

    -Checking it all sits nicely on the shoulders and cutting excess fabric at shoulder level

    -Modifying the position of the bust darts and the length of the waist darts

    -Redrafting the neck opening

    -Lowering the armhole opening

    -Adjusting the length of the skirt.


    My only issue was deciding where the hem of the skirt should sit. It’s a much easier task on a pencil skirt but clearly a waste of time trying to mark it with a piece of chalk on a flared skirt so I just relied on her waist to knee measurements and it worked well.

    The dress construction was straightforward. There was nothing tricky with the dress and the fabric was easy to work with. While I’m happy with the results of my binding, I could have probably stretched it a bit more over the fabric so that it sits better around the neckline area. I also forgot to staystich so there is definitely room for improvement next time.


    Nadia specifically wanted that dress to go the park with her children so we “treated” ourselves to an outdoors photoshoot on a day of non-stop freezing rain.  We ventured into the back garden, braving the dreadful weather and armed with a pair of summer sandals and a Hello Kitty umbrella, Nadia showed remarkable courage in the face of adversity as long as –I was kindly reminded – it didn’t last more than 5 minutes. Luckily it didn’t and I’m glad to show you the dress in its rightful environment 🙂


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7 Responses so far.

  1. Delgado says:

    Très jolie robe style année 1950 avec sa forme ample et ses petits motifs. Cela dit ce n’est pas mon style, je suis du genre “jean basket” mais j’aime bien, malgré tout, cela me rajeunit quelque part…

    Affectueusement 🙂

    • David says:

      Merci maman, tu sais que je compte sur toi pour me dater le style des vetements que je fais, je ne savais meme pas que ca avait l’air des annees 50! lol. Bisous

  2. Vasiliki says:

    what a lovely dress!!! It turned out really well, not that I had any doubts it would haha. Like the bias tape on the neckline and the fabric is very beautiful. I have a question for Nadia though: Are you not coooold????? xxx

    • Nadia says:

      Thank you so much for asking. I was indeed very cold. It is a tough job to be David’s BF. 🙂

  3. oonaballoona says:

    wellllllll, you’re a saint to sew so beautifully for others… so obviously saint nadia had to brave the chill 🙂 beautiful!

    • Nadia says:

      Oona, thank you for acknowledging my bravery lol. David is replenishing my wardrobe slowly but surely… I am very lucky to have a saint for a friend 🙂

    • David says:

      Saint David, that’s me!!! 🙂

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