Tuesday, June 25, 2013

DIY Candy Colored Striped Dress + Pattern Review V8901

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Hi Darlings!

This week is insanely busy with so many projects I have going on that I cant yet tell you about...but they are awesome! and I started the week off a little slow which is why I didn't post yesterday but today I am back up to speed and ready for anything.

*Before I talk about this dress let me just say that I am apologizing in advance for the bad news I am about to tell you.....This fabric is not available... I know, I know but when I bought it there was only a small piece on the bolt it and I took it*

Today I am wearing this dress that has been sitting unfinished in my sewing room for weeks because after I had attached the bodice to the skirt without trying the top on first (ugh!) I realized it was going to be big and dint feel like taking my seam ripper to it so I hung it on my dress form and moved on, lol until this weekend. I pulled it off the form, took it apart and fixed it; the full review and fabric options are below.

Pattern Description: V8901 Dress has no side seams, close-fitting, lined bodice extending to side back, pleated skirt, side front seams, narrow hem, and invisible back zipper..

Fabric Used: Multi Colored Striped Rayon Blend. The fabric is not available but it would look amazing in THIS, THIS or even THISUse MIMIJUNE10 at check out for 10% off your purchase. 

Pattern Sizing: I cut the 6 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done? Yeah I guess so. 

Were the instructions easy to follow? For a vogue pattern they were pretty standard and clear.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? Well I liked the bodice and variations and I could see it being made severe different ways but I had a small piece of this striped fabric and so I thought I would use it as my wearable muslin.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Well....I attached the top to the skirt without trying it on (I know, crazy) and once I did try it on it was too big so I ripped it out and wrapped the sides a bit more until it fit ok and even then it was still loose around the waist which is how it was intended in the design of the dress but to me it just made my waist look wide so I belted the dress. Other then the above mentioned I didn't do much else to it.

Would you sew it again? No, I don't think I need another one of these but I do recommend it.

DIY Dress (similar) HERE, HERE, HERE / Steve Madden Sling Back Heels (old) BUT I LOVE THESE  / Belt (old) Target / Sunnies @ Glitz

Mimi G


  1. Cute dress Mimi! This is a great silhouette for you.

  2. The style of the dress and the fabric go together perfectly! Love the look.

  3. Very cute dress. I love the silhouette.
    I love your answer to, "Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done?" "I guess so." ha ha ha.

    Maybe you've answered this before but do you find it is cheaper to make your own clothes?

  4. Hey Mimi -

    Missed ya lady!

    Cute dress! very nice and summery :-)

  5. I haven't commented in a while, but I had to on this dress. It is so adorable! It's young without being juvenile and definitely posh. Love it!

  6. Welcome back to the sewing-sphere Mimi!! You were deeply missed. This dress is uber-cute!! I can definately see this one in an eyelet that has a finished edge. Great job lady, great job. Quick question: I was trying to follow your video on the DIY easy top with straps but it was blurry. Think you revamp this one for us? It's hot in Louisiana and this DIY would come in handy for me and my girls. Thanks Mimi ��
    Trena B.

  7. That's a great style for those happy colors!

  8. Love it!! I was waiting for this review ever since I saw this dress chillin in the back of you during your updated pinceil skirt tutorial. Cute cute cute pattern..

  9. Mimi! You're back! Can't wait to see your upcoming projects you got going on. This is a very cute outfit, but I think this will make me body look real thick in the waist because its not as tapered. But sooo jadorable on you!

  10. Love the colors! Very pretty!



  11. Very Pretty! https://www.facebook.com/SassySewingBees

  12. Adorable dress. The fabric is perfect. Another great job and it looks awesome on you.

  13. Beautiful dress! I love the silhouette and the fabric .

  14. I found this super cute chevron cotton in a similar color pallet for $4.95! What?!! Do you think it will work?
    http://lowpricefabric.com/p-4907-chic-chevron-warm-ml227230-sun.aspx Do you think it will work?

  15. Beautiful dress ! I like the colours.......soooooooooooo me ! :D

  16. Mimi, I so love your style and passion for sewing. I used to assist my Aunt when I was younger with her sewing so its always been there somewhere in me. After following you know for about a month, I've decided to take sewing classes so that I can start making little starter pieces. To hopefully start making small items to sell in my salon boutique that's starting soon.

    Thank you so much for sharing your passion with us. I look forward to sharing my first piece with you.

  17. This may be a dumb question but do you wash your fabric before cutting and sewing? Thank you.


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mimi g.