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Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Sunset Stripes Dress- My Fall For Cotton Project! (Vintage Vogue 8789)


Presenting, at long last, my Fall for Cotton project! The challenge was to create a vintage pattern using 100% cotton fabric. I'm calling it the Sunset Stripes dress because the colors remind me of those in a particularly beautiful sunset (if you like the fabric, you can find it here). I'm pretty happy with how it turned out and I think it captures the essence of my inspiration dress even though it's in a completely different color scheme:


I procrastinated just a bit on this project and so I ended up finishing it on Sunday night. I had my very obliging boyfriend snap some photos of me right after we got off work yesterday so I could get it in just under the wire. Will I ever learn? We took the photos right down the street from where I work, in the Pismo Beach Butterfly Grove. It's the off-season right now, but later this year this grove will be filled with thousands of Monarch butterflies coming to breed and congregate on the trees in huge clumps. It's quite a sight to see!

Anyway, back to the dress: I made a few changes to my original pattern. I wasn't so sure about the skirt of the Vogue pattern- it looked really big and I had a feeling I would have to shorten it quite a bit. I decided to use the skirt from the Cambie dress by Sewaholic instead. I think it was a good choice and I'm especially excited about the in-seam pockets. I added four inches to the length of that skirt. I also decided to add a lining. The original pattern just had a facing, but I felt that since my fabric was sort of thin that I would feel more comfortable with a lining. I debated about cutting the lining on the bias, like the main fabric, or on the straight grain, and ultimately I cut it on the straight grain to help prevent stretching out over time (as bias-cut pieces are wont to do). I was originally going to line the entire dress, but ended up just lining the bodice because I was afraid the skirt would end up too bulky with an extra layer of fabric.


As you can see, I drafted these chevron pieces to resemble the inspiration dress. It looks like they're the pockets, but actually they're just stitched on top. At first I wasn't sure how to go about it, but was actually pretty easy to do! I just used my clear ruler and lined up the stripe with the 45 degree line.

I also decided to embellish the front with some self-covered buttons, just like the original dress. I tried to center them on the fabric as I cut them out so each one would be mostly one color.

Here's the back view. The Vogue pattern had a side zipper, but once I decided to use the Cambie skirt I thought it would be easier to move the zipper to the center back since there's no side seam on it. It's not really historically accurate, but I'm OK with that!

I had a few issues putting the zipper in- I sewed one side, which was fine, but when I sewed the other side the fabric stretched a little and it got misaligned. I ripped it out and then I realized that all I had to do was use a fabric pen to mark where the skirt and stripes were supposed to line up. Duh! It worked like a charm and I really wonder why I didn't just do that in the first place!


I'm so excited that this skirt has pockets! It's always such a practical feature.

Pattern Notes

Changes I made:
• used the Cambie dress skirt instead of the original
• added 4 inches to the length of the Cambie Skirt
• added chevron accents to the skirt
• lined the bodice (I cut the lining on the straight grain to help keep the shape)
• in lining the bodice, I lowered the neckline by 5/8 inch
• took in the shoulders by about 1/2 inch
• added buttons covered in the fabric
• moved the zipper to the back

What I would do differently next time:
• I would understich the lining (I might actually do this later- it kinda pokes out and it bugs me!)
• I would mark the zipper (the first time!) to help line up the skirt and stripes
• I would fiddle with the bust darts to get them less pointy!

I'm seriously considering taking the dress apart a little bit and fixing these few issues. I know it seems really perfectionist but I love this dress and I want it to be as well-fitting as possible!

All in all though, this dress came together really easily, even despite being from two different patterns, and I like the way the bodice fits. I would definitely sew with Vogue 8789 again and I would probably line it again too. Feel free to message me if you have any questions about the pattern or my modifications.

Thanks for checking out my dress! Stay tuned to Lucky Lucille for the slideshow next week- I can't wait to see what everyone else came up with!

29 comments:

  1. Love this! It looks extra great with your tattoo placement as well!

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  2. It's fantastic! I love the button detail. This looks a bit like the vintage dress I have that I wore a few weeks ago. That one zips in the back like yours.

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  3. Brilliant! I love the neckline stripes - so clever. You should definitely finesse this dress, it will be so worth it, it is spectacular!

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  4. I came over from the Fall for Cotton group to see more of this awesomeness! I am in awe of the perfection on those matched up stripes for the chevrons! One of the great things about sewing...making something you couldn't buy that you really wanted...no price or size restrictions. :o)

    www.dressupnotdown.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks! You are so right- being able to re-create beautiful clothes is one of the very best things about sewing for yourself!

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  5. Very nice. The striping you did is what makes this dress fabulous.

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  6. Wow. That is one gorgeous dress! Love the fabric choice!

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  7. OMG, this is so adorable! The perfect dress for fall!

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  8. This is a gorgeous dress! You look marvellous!

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  9. I LOVE that fabric. Gorgeous dress! You look lovely in it, too!

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  10. it's just stunning. the stripe matching is glorious , and i love those chevron panels at the side

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  11. I love the bodice and the buttons. Nice details too. Well done on matching the stripes.

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  12. I love this beautiful dress with its gorgeous fabric. That was a great idea using the Cambie skirt. I've made dresses with both patterns and the vogue is big and not as flattering as the cambie. I may just have to try that sometime.:)

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    1. Thanks Tanya! I'm glad I made a good choice be using the Cambie skirt. I don't think I actually had enough fabric for the Vogue skirt anyway, so it worked out well!

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  13. This is perfect. Absolutely perfect.

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  14. Your dress seems fresh and new even though the patter is vintage.

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  15. Love the dress. Great use of stripes and the buttons are just the right touch.

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  16. This is adorable! Love the pockets, and the stripe matching is quite impressive!!! :) Definitely my favorite Fall for Cotton project I've seen yet!!!

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  17. This is so pretty! Amazing job!

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  18. Super cute! I especially like the chevron detail on the skirt.

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  19. This dress is seriously a show stopper!

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  20. This is lovely- you've done such a sharp job with the stripes- I want this dress!!!

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  21. I think your dress looks absolutely great! I love stripes used in interesting ways and the colour scheme you picked is especially good.

    About the issues you mentioned: I think your darts (which don't actually look bad at all, by the way) could be improved by shortening them about 1 cm because it looks like the ends extend past the fullest part of your bust.
    Of course, to avoid further pointy-ness, they would have to be carefully tapered to the top and pressed after stitching. Most bulky and/or pointy darts are caused by ending them too abruptly.

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    1. Thanks Lauriana! I still haven't got around to messing with the darts, but I was going to extend them up a little higher so I could have them taper off more, but I'll try your suggestion instead.

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  22. Oh, and what I forgot to mention: don't worry about a back zipper not being period correct: In so many 1950's patterns which have zippers, those are placed at center back.
    As a seamstress and collector of vintage sewing and fashion magazines, I know.

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    1. Thanks! I was mostly thinking that since it wan an invisible zipper it wasn't period-accurate. But it was much easier to make that way!

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  23. Glorious! The best part is the pocket applique things. The other best part is the color. The other best part is the stripe placement and matching. The other... You get the idea--I seriously love it!

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  24. Really beautiful. I'm really grateful I came across this post because I've got the same pattern and this has inspired me to think about modifying it as well! xx

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