December 27, 2012

Sew: Vogue 8552 in Zebra print

Last Friday, Rachel and I took the kids in to see Santa at City Square. We were all done and dusted by 10.20am so we popped in to pick up my order from Tessuti and have a bit of a browse. Thankfully we were the only customers in the shop as our kids "browsed" with us. Trish was just putting a 1.5m zebra print linen remnant out so I snatched it up.

Vogue 8552 was fresh in my mind after reading Bloom's Endless Summer post last week on her most recent version. I've made this pattern twice before but wasn't a big fan of either dress. The first version the fabric was too stiff and the second version my binding was all off. I've come along way since both of those dresses, in terms of my finishing skills and adjusting the pattern to fit.

I removed a 1.5cm wedge from both the centre front and back as the neckline is very wide. I also went down a size. I used white bias binding and a plain white cotton for the neckline facing so the zebra print wouldn't show through and also to reduce bulk at the neckline pleats. The alterations completely changed the look and fit of the dress.

I love the big pleated pockets. 

And the back external pleats. 

It goes perfectly with my new Dinosaur Designs necklace. 

Project Details
Pattern: Vogue 8552 view A with pockets from view B
Fabric: 1.5m zebra print linen remnant from Tessuti Melbourne
Alterations: Size 18, removed 1.5cm wedge from centre front and back (removing 3cm total from neckline width), cut armholes down another 1cm 

Our Santa photo turned out alright. Mr H wouldn't turn his back to Santa, he wasn't too sure about the guy with the beard...


  1. I love your dress! That fabric was a huge score. I've actually got this pattern cut out ready to sew up at the moment (well, it's in a rather large pile of garments cut out ready to sew up during January). Great to read your modifications. And that necklace is GORGEOUS!

  2. I LOVE how this turned out - you look amazing! I'm jealous you got that remnant! I think I'm going to have to get that pattern.

  3. This is a fantastic summer dress - well done! ...J...

  4. What a great little summer dress... and I just love the fabric. Looks great on you :)

  5. I wouldn't have looked twice at this dress...but it's too adorable in this wonderful fabric. Gorgeous!

  6. gorgeous dress, you've inspired me to try again with this one, my baby pink linen version made me look like marshmallow! love the DD necklace too I got one for xmas in a metallic grey.

  7. Great timing at Tessuti, love the fabric. Your alterations have made a huge difference to the look of the dress - it's a winner.

  8. Okay, how have I never noticed this pattern before?! Love the pleats, the pockets and the fabric. Fierce! Also that necklace is fifteen shades of awesome...

  9. Well done on the alterations. It looks so lovely on you and you are right it goes perfectly with your new necklace!


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