Saturday, May 31, 2014

Vogue 8995 - The Reveal

This dress was a joy to make ~ truly!  It was a challenging sew but not a frustrating one.  You know the challenging ones where things just don't go as planned vs. the ones that are challenging because the construction is so involved. Challenging but fulfilling...


I definitely plan to make a fall/winter version of this using pleather inserts and a wool crepe.  I mean all of that pattern work shouldn't just sit in the pattern envelope/folder!!!

Some stats ~
Fabric:
A mediumweight linen from Ebad Fabrics from the collection

Notions:
22" beige invisible zipper
nude bemberg rayon lining
seafoam green rayon seam binding
yards and yards of white piping

All of the pattern alterations and construction information is in the previous posts. The highlight of this dress is the piping. It was a lot of work and time consuming but so worth it in the end. This was the perfect dress to sew over a three day weekend because I had time to enjoy the journey.

Some more pics ~





Originally I was going to add a cardigan to the dress. I'd picked an amazing paisley cotton knit from the collection to use for the cardigan. I've put the knit back on the shelves. This dress deserves to be worn on it's own.  You need to see all of the piping work that I put into the dress.

I have to tell you that this dress is a closer fit than I normally wear. I'm not sucking in my stomach that much ~ hahahahaha! I'm counting on the linen fibers to relax and give me a little more space. Also, the curved seams which the piping highlights, give definition and shaping to the dress. IF Vogue graded past a 24, I would probably be a 26/28...yeah I ain't a skinny chick at all! However, this silhouette works for any size woman...so if you need a pretty new summer dress...I highly recommend this pattern to my plus size sisters.

One last picture of the dress' piping details...




...as always more later!





83 comments:

  1. The detailing is very flattering--the dress looks lovely on you, and you look very happy in it! Congrats!

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  2. Just gorgeous! I can't wait to see the wool crepe, plether version.

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  3. Pretty! The piping is worth the effort.

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  4. The piping really highlights the cool lines of the dress- awesome job!!

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  5. Absolutely gorgeous very flattering and love the colour on you

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  6. Lovely colour and great look on you. Well done for being brave and doing all that work.

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  7. This dress is BEAUTIFUL! and you look amazing. I don't wear dresses but this makes me want to.

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  8. I love the colour it is so fresh!!!
    Amazing jos, the piping does make the difference!!!

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  9. This is a wonderful dress. You are such as inspiration!
    -Sewingelle

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  10. Wow, this dress looks amazing on you! I really like the closer fit, and the colour is wonderful for you. Sounds like a satisfying make too, I know what you mean about something being challenging but not frustrating, it's a wonderful feeling.

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  11. Beautiful dress. .. great work with the piping.

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  12. Just gorgeous, you look fabulous and the fit it great, so flattering and I love the colour. I can't wait to see other versions.

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  13. Beautiful. I am working on that very same pattern right now. My dress is a bold pink (no piping) - I hope to finish it this weekend. I'm really excited to complete it now that I see how pretty yours is. Thanks for sharing.

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  14. So gorgeous! The piping really accents the unique design of this one. :)

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  15. Carolyn, THIS IS YOUR COLOR! It looks fabulous on you, more! I agree with others, a perfect dress. The piping does wonderful vertical things and the color is just so great on you. Kudos!

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  16. I agree the colour looks great on you and I love the piping. A lovely dress.

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  17. Great looking spring dress Carolyn. Love the color. Did I say happy birthday yet!!!

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  18. I absolutely love this dress on you! Everything about is gorgeous... the colour, the piping, the shape and the fit :)

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  19. Hi Carolyn, I follow your blog but very rarely comment. I have to say, this dress is amazing. The choice of fabric, pattern, details and fit are all perfect. This is one of the better projects I've seen on any sewing blog. You rock!

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    1. Thank you so much for commenting on this dress and this post! I so appreciate it that you like the dress enough to come out of lurkdom to comment on it!

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  20. I love the closer fit Carolyn, it shows off your curves! Personally I think curvy women always look more attractive in close fitting garments - those curves should be celebrated!

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  21. Brava. That dress is beautiful and suits you so well.

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  22. Such a pretty color. And that piping is spectacular!

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  23. Beautiful! The color and piping are stunning.

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  24. Beautiful-Beautiful-Beautiful. The piping just sets it off. Love it!

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  25. Just beautiful! I love that mint green shade on you!

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  26. This dress looks great on you. The piping follows the curves and makes you look fabulous. Your makes are always so professional looking, looks like couture. I think this closer fit is quite flattering on you.

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  27. The piping really makes this dress into a special piece. Absolutely don't cover it up with a cardigan!

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  28. Not only did you do a fabulous job sewing your new dress, it is very elegant and current. I definitely can see many versions of this on you!

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  29. Lovely dress, it's really flattering and the color and piping combo are great!

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  30. The dress is lovely and chic, the fit divine!

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  31. Looks fabulous, Carolyn!

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  32. I love it! So pretty for summertime wearing.

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  33. This is gorgeous! I love the color, the seaming, the piping- everything. It looks fantastic on you!

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  34. What a delicious dress!

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  35. I love this one! The color makes you look cool and refreshed. And the piping is the icing on the cake!! I agree that the fit makes you look fabulous. Enjoy every time you wear it!!

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  36. Was really looking forward to seeing how this dress turned out and boy, does it not disappoint. You look lovely, the dress is beautiful and the piping is inspired.

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  37. Absolutely beautiful and the color is exquisite. It looks wonderful on you.

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  38. The dress looks fantastic. I bought the pattern after you mentioned it. I like the idea of piping, but then I'd feel guilty for copying your idea!

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    1. Elaray - please feel free to copy me! It's not like we would see each other every day!!!

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  39. That is a lovely dress, and it looks really great on you!

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  40. I absolutely love the style and the color of the dress on you! You did, unsurprisingly, an amazing job!

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  41. This is a very special dress and the piping absolutely takes it to a whole new level. I love it!

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  42. I can see why you are so happy with your new dress. The colour is beautiful and the piping adds such a special detail, highlighting the beautiful shaping in the dress. Impeccable sewing skills. I hope you get lots of enjoyment wearing this dress.

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  43. Beautiful! Love the color and the piping detail. Maybe, as mentioned in other posts, it is the fitted drafting of this dress, but you look as if you have lost quite a bit of weight? I know you were sick earlier in the year so maybe that is where the difference is from, but you DO look like you've lost weight!

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  44. Hi, I'm new to your blog, so glad I found you. Love this dress, so much work but well worth it, you look gorgeous and so lovely. Actually, all your garments are fitted and sewn so beautifully. Bravo!

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  45. Lovely job, and beautiful hydrangeas!

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    1. I was thinking those were rhododendrons. Whatever...they are beautiful!

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    2. They are rhododendrons - they are blooming and are huge bushes in my complex in purple, pink and white. I'm going to miss is when they lose their blooms!

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    3. We have the wild ones here on Whidbey Island.

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  46. Gorgeous! I never would have picked this dress for my figure, but seeing how amazing it looks on you, maybe it would work for me, too.

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  47. Gorgeous dress with great lines!

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  48. An absolutely beautiful dress Carolyn, a wonderful colour for you, and I really love your brilliant piping. I have never had the courage to try it!

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  49. What a great dress, the piping was well worth it. As always you inspire!

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  50. This dress is really fantastic!!!! The only thing for me would be changing (and i have no idea what) up the fabric from linen, cause I hate to iron! you look so pretty in your new mint dress! i love how you show your creations by modelling them. Thanks for showing us your beautiful self!!!!! :)

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  51. New to your blog via Thd Sewing Lab. OMG what a gorgeous dress and the fit is PERFECT! I love clothing with fabulous details and that piping sure does it.

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  52. I love your dress. Now I know what to do with the piping that I bought yesterday.

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  53. What a lovely dress. I love the color and your pattern choice. You look fantastic in it, just beautiful.

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  54. Love it! I do think that you look great in that green. And the closer fit is very flattering; accentuates the curves in all the right ways. Also happy 55th! My mom is just about your age and I think you all should be enjoying life as much as possible; sounds like you are!

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  55. I straight up want to steal this dress right off you, it is so fabulous! You are such an inspiration!

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  56. Beautiful spring dress! It's not lined, is it? If it is, I'd love to see pics of that. As a plus-sized woman who is about to hit 50 & loves to sew...can I just say I'm so glad I found your blog? Inspiration!

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  57. You made such a stunning dress! You are right, it deserves to be worn on its own so that one can appreciate all the details!

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  58. Carolyn, this is a flattering dress on you. The piping does add the look of shaping and was the perfect touch for this dress. Great dress style. I am glad you got to enjoy the sewing journey!

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  59. I love this dress on you Carolyn! Looks like you're totally responsible for bringing summer in! The color is so vibrant and beautiful too! Can't wait to see fall version with the leather inserts!

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  60. Absolutely beautiful! I enjoy reading your blog

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  61. Beautiful dress, the piping just sets it off. Also, I love that color on you.

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  62. Gorgeous dress and love the piping details. Agree it is a great pattern and look forward to seeing the Winter version. I really like this colour on you.

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  63. That dress is beautiful and so Spring. I think it is one of my favourites of yours.

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  64. i keep saying this, but i am loving all of the beautiful, springy, feminine colors you've been sporting lately. they really match your smile! :-)

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  65. Utterly scrumptious! The seaming is to die for, and creates a beautiful line on you with great visual interest. And the lovely not-too-pastel seafoam green just lights up your face. I'd bet that every single person who reads this post rushes out for that pattern -- I know I will! Creative Hormone Rush

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  66. I love it! Totally worth the time and effort!

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  67. Lovely! You The dress is beautiful and looks great on you! I've just recently discovered your blog and am inspired to try.

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  68. Carolyn!! This dress does you such justice I'm voting for a closer fit for a few more of your summer dresses. Just Gorgeous!!!

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  69. Now I know what to do with my linen fabric, I'm allergic to any wool. Fabulous look on you and the color, WOW!!!. I just gotta go get that pattern. Thanks for your blog, I read it all the time, and I do go back and re-read some of them. You truly inspire, your creativity is awesome. Like on that V8 commercial ,I pop myself on the forehead for something that seems so obvious when I see you show it. (LOL)

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