Wednesday, July 3, 2013

DIY Eggshell Dress + Pattern Review V8706


Hi Darlings!

What do you guys have planned for the 4th? We take it pretty easy around here because I don't like being out during holidays where people tend to drink heavily, lol. I feel safer at home but the kids love the fireworks so we always manage to find a nice hillside to watch them. We use to go to the lake but every year it started getting more and more crowded and I just don't have patience for it.

Please be safe and have a great time!

Today's dress is an old pattern that is now OOP (out of print) V8706 but can still be purchased online and sometimes you may even find it in the pattern drawers at Joann's. I used a lightweight Modal Knit which is just scrumptious. If you have never worked with an eco friendly, superior knit you must try it! I like it mostly because it has such a yummy hand and has great recovery; It's also a very multi-purpose fabric great for t-shirts, dresses, lounge wear and even pajamas.

Dress DIY / Necklace (Gifted) / Shoes (clearance at Ross) 

Pattern Description: V8706  Close-fitting, above mid-knee length, bias pullover dress has gathers, mock wrap front with asymmetrical seaming, piping at armholes and stitched hem.


Fabric Used: Modal Knit HERE (use coupon code "MIMI10") also avialable in several fab colors!


Pattern Sizing: I cut the 6 because my fabric had a significant amount of give and even then I ended up taking it in a bit.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done with it? Yes

Were the instructions easy to follow? For a Vogue pattern this was pretty quick to sew up, honestly I think I may have made it in just over an hour after cutting out the pieces. The only thing that could be confusing to some is the one piece facing but if you just follow the diagram you should be fine. I didn't find it confusing but I have also sewn a considerable amount of Vogue patterns. The fabric is cut on the bias which I thought was interesting but it did allow, even with the stretch in my fabric, for the dress to pulled on and not need a zipper because the bias increases the give, that was a smart drafting choice for Vogue. If you are unfamiliar with Bias THREADS has a great article HERE

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love any dress that has gathering, lol it is just sew sexy and forgiving too.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't make any changes to it.

Would you sew it again? I wont say no because I might make it in black just to have a casual go to LBD in my closet, you can never have too many.

Would you recommend it to others? Yes








23 comments:

  1. Lovely dress....Beautiful You Mimi..Sweet!

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  2. Hi Mimi Gorgeous as usual always looking fab. I have a quick question. How did you finish the armhole of your knit. Did you add some interfacing before folding or you lined it. Thanks a Lot.

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  3. Beautiful dress and adorable shoes. I love the touch of color! Your style is undeniable.

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  4. Lovely dress....Beautiful you Mimi....As always!

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  5. That ruched dress is terrific on you, Mimi! You are stylin!

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  6. I stumbled upon your blog yesterday....and joined a gym today LOL! Your style is phenomenal, and it was the last drop in the bucket to push me to want to become phenomenal in all ways too!:)).

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  7. Love this dress on you! Hope all is well!

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  8. Gorgeous and those are some killer shoes!

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  9. Lovely Dress. https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

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  10. I have been "lurking" around your site for two weeks and signed up for your newsletter today. I really like your tutorials and I FINALLY understand how to read a pattern. Thank you so much!

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  11. Mimi amazing job as usual. I have a question, I'm 5 foot 10 short and square waist (yep fun) size 14. I wondered if you thought that the shape of the front of the dress with make me look like I have a smaller way? Thanks for everything I'm addicted to your site. You've made me love sewing once again.

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  12. Happy 4th MiMi. I love the dress the you made. I wanted to know if you would ever sell any tutorials on draping?

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  13. The dress is pretty....the shoes look great with the dress. Your work is always perfection. Your skills rival those found in high end clothing. Can't believe you finished this in just over an hour.

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  14. Lovely and classy. I don't know if I would be able to Do It Myself i.e. sewing. Do you think I should try or it depends on whether I have the talent for it? I have been following your blog for nearly a year and wish I could sew those outfits.

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  15. Hi there, Mimi! I am a new subscriber to your blog... been following on Instagram for a few weeks now. I LOVE your style and you are such an inspiration to me and my little girls. We are planning sewing projects now! I love this dress (as all of your other projects) BUT I cannot believe that you found those gorgeous shoes on clearance at Ross!!! :-)

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  16. You look absolutely gorgeous in this dress, very J. Lo esque.

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  17. I have been refusing to get back on a sewing machine for years... you, my darling, have lit the fire again. thank you

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  18. Hi! Greetings from Edinburgh! I've just come across your lovely blog! This is such a great dress and looks amazing on you! I love your shoe choice to go with it too!

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Thank you for taking time to comment ;-)

xoxo
mimi g.