April 14, 2013

Sew: Vogue 8787 for SewcieTea


Today I spent the afternoon sipping champagne, drinking coffee and eating lots of yummy things. It was SewcieTea!! And it was fabulous. Thanks the Melanie, aka Seamstress Poppykettle, for organising.

I had planned to purchase a new pair of nude pumps to complete this outfit but considering I am supposed to be wearing sneakers due to my broken foot, ballet flats was a good compromise. 

I did manage to finish my dress. With 2 whole days spare! I made Vogue 8787 again in a wool blend floral print I picked up at the August Sewing Meet Up at Tessuti. I made the cowl version this time with the capped sleeves again. The first version of this dress was not a success. The black ponti knit was too thick for the style and I made it too big. I went down a size in the bodice but kept the same size in the skirt and waistband.  Love the dress but do NOT like the sleeves. I cannot move my arms in this dress and had to drive to SewcieTea with my dress fully unzipped.

I will make this pattern again, without the sleeves, in a red wool crepe from the Alannah Hill outlet. I love the cowl neck and classic style of the dress.
I took a few photos of the dress on Florence as I really gain a lot from studying photos of dresses on the internet. Amanda's Adventures in Dressmaking in particular is a great resource. 


Project Details
Pattern: Vogue 8787, view D, size 16-18
Fabric: Wool blend floral remnant from Tessuti Melbourne & goldliner lining from Clegs
Alterations: Size 16 bodice graded to a size 18 waistband and skirt in addition to a swayback adjustment (2cm above and below the waistband)

I couldn't find the right shade of green for the lining and had to settle for an olive green instead of a bottle green. A minor detail, but it drives me nuts!

I didn't follow the instructions for finishing the armholes. The instructions have you stay stitch the armholes, then clip and turn in before hand stitching. I find this method tedious and not very durable. I opted to finish the armholes with bias binding instead.

The fabric is lovely and not something I would normally wear so I thought it would be a good occasion to use it. A high tea surrounded by lovely people who talk in pattern numbers was the perfect occasion!

A few happy snaps from SewcieTea.

My friend Siobhan & I
Lara (Thornberry), Anna (Blogless Anna), Rachel (Boo Dogg & Me) & I
The gorgeous spread at The Gables
Thanks again to Melanie for organising. I had a fabulous time and hope we can do it again soon.

L x


  1. I didn't know you couldn't lift your arms! It's gorgeous anyway :)

  2. It was (and still is) a gorgeous dress! Love the shots of the insides :) Poo about the sleeves but. Thanks for coming - such fun!

  3. I didn't know that you couldn't lift your arms either! I loved the look of those sleeves! Suffering for beauty....

  4. You all had such a great time! What a creations! Your dress is wonderful!

  5. Gorgeous dress, Leith! Sorry you can't move your arms. :( I've made long sleeved dresses with that problem before. You definitely have the fit ironed out. The sleeveless one will be perfect!

  6. OMG Leith I just bought V1027 cause I fall in love with your dress. Now I have to go and get this pattern cause I am in love with this one too!!!... The fabric and the pattern are simply gorgeous!

  7. and to top it all I am green of envy (in a good way) of what a great group you guys are getting together and sharing face to face.... that is simply priceless.

  8. Leith you've done a great job - your dress looks so well made and fits beautifully too. Thanks for the tip on the sleeves.

  9. You look stunning - that fabric is divine. And I will always remember having to unzip you so you could drive!!

  10. Awesome dress, Love the fabric & can't wait to see in the Alannah Hill red, sleeveless ;) Am fabulously jealous of everyone's wonderful day and hop to meet you all soon.

  11. This dress is lovely and even better in person! Great to meet you in the weekend and I look forward to seeing the red moveable arm version of the dress :)

  12. The dress looks fabulous on you, and I love the fabric. It's a perfect choice for the pattern. It's a shame about the sleeves. Can you take them out and make it sleeveless?


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