Sunday, May 15, 2016

Vogue 2647 - The Dress

This is the first of the Adri Vogue Patterns that I'm sewing for my summer wardrobe, or outfit number 5 in the Chico's Chic Wardrobe. As I stated in my previous post these patterns are out of print. There were 2 on eBay and one on Etsy as I published this post, if you're interested in owning it. That is if it's not already in your pattern collection!


Of course once I chose a fabric ~ one of the printed linens from the collection ~ and laid it down on the fabric my mind started to race. So I made some alterations to the pattern.

See I was looking for a simple medium weight linen dress that I could wear with a cardigan and some skippys or wedges to work.  Here is what I ended up with:


Supply List ~
2 yards of printed linen from Fabric Mart purchased last year
Bias binding

Pattern & Construction Information ~
Can we say that I'm still sewing believing that I'm heavier than I am! Cause I made a whole list of alterations and then I took out all of the space I added in. I seem to have forgotten that I no longer need all of that space AND that linen grows so I didn't want this dress too loose or it will hang like a sack by the end of the day!

Here is how I made the bow tie ~
~ It was made by cutting a piece of fabric 5" wide and 45" long. 
~ Before adding the tie to the dress, I pressed 5/8" seam on one side. 
~ Then after the shoulder seams were sewn together, I stitched the unpressed side right sides to the dress. 
~ I stopped an 1.5" from the v on either side.


~ Clipped the tie and the fabric. 
~ Turned down and pressed the v, then stitched it down. 
~ The last step was to stitch the rest of the band together.


I followed the pattern instructions for inserting the bias binding after sewing up the side seams. It's a better method than I use and more like the one that Kelli from True Bias used in her Colfax Dress sew-along.


A few more pictures of the finished dress ~




Conclusion ~
This dress works for me now.  As pictured above, I will wear it with a yellow cardi. A couple of things to note. I only washed and dried this fabric once. I normally wash and dry linen fabric 3x so that it will wrinkle less. However, I was worried about the print on the linen, since it's printed on and not woven in. So I expect this dress to wrinkle like crazy!

I do feel a little out of step with the sewing population right now since I'm sewing not only from the fabric collection but from the pattern stash too. However, my silhouette is current with what's presently being shown in RTW, so there is that.

As I continue to sew from the cave, I will try to give you either a current pattern that you can use to obtain the same look or let you know if the pattern can be purchased on eBay or Etsy.

I know I went my own way with this dress, and I do want to use the pattern pieces again to make a straight dress more like the actual pattern envelope. Hopefully, I will get to that before the summer is over.

In the meantime, I've pretreated a bunch of fabrics and I want to work my way through the pile of them. Denim dresses are up next!

...as always more later!







32 comments:

  1. If you're sewing, I consider that in sync with the community. LOVE the dress on you. You look great. I especially love that you've found your way again. So encouraging.

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  2. oh wow I love this! What a fabulous summer dress :)

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  3. That dress is really beautiful on you! I can also see coral and green cardis, but that yellow really sings!

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    1. Jessica - coral was my first choice too but neither of the two coral cardis I had worked with the dress...

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  4. Carolyn this is a real cool dress, love the colors and the print.

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  5. This is awesome! I love the neckline detail- so cute! And the print is perfect! This whole look just screams spring... even if the weather doesn't! :)

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    1. This seems like it's been the coldest and wettest spring ever! Very few gentle warm breezes and lovely spring days so far *sigh*

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  6. The dress as you Maude it, sans cardi, is very flattering with its simple lines and really showcases the lovely print. I like it a lot!

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  7. MADE, not Maude! I hate auto correct sometimes!

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  8. Lovely dress - very "au courant" even if it's a pattern from your stash! Very nice with the bright yellow cardi. (I'm going to have to get me one of those!)

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  9. great use of that fabric - very pretty dress, so springtime. and as for sewing current patterns - well you probably know my feeling that there are no new patterns :) you can find any current silhouette or details on a pattern from any era. Sew what you have :)

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    1. Beth - you are right, of course! And I do have some newer patterns on my to sew list, it just seems like I'm influenced differently even now that my ward robing needs have changed. Maybe I've been different all along and just didn't realize it! LOL!

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  10. A perfect summer dress - tropical, beaches, floral . I love sewing from my stash even if they are old.

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  11. The collection sure has some treasures! Beautiful fabric and lovely dress.

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  12. Great dress! I think the fit is spot on and I love the tie! It would look great with a denim jacket, too.

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    1. Kendra - a denim jacket is on my list...just got to get there?!

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  13. Wow, the fabric is so gorgeous! What a beautiful dress - it goes really well with the yellow cardigan.

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  14. Carolyn, this dress is absolutely gorgeous! I also agree with Myrna, you're definitely in sync with the Sewing community as long as you're sewing! Since patterns tend to come back around in another form, I'm sure we will be able to find another pattern similar to your inspirational pieces if it's not out there! No worries just keep cranking out these beautiful pieces!

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    1. Myra - it just seems that I have so many patterns in flat folded, perfectly good condition that I should use them. Especially since I like classic style garments and most are timeless. Why buy another pattern when I have one that works? But it does mean that I'm making garments from 10-12 year patterns that no one can access except on eBay or etsy.

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  15. Beautiful outfit Carolyn. The modification you made to the neckline is great.

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  16. Carolyn, this dress looks fantastic on you! I love the "spring time vibe". I loved how you added the pop of color in your cardigan.

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  17. I have to say, I really love this dress on you. It is so cheerful and the pop of yellow from the cardi is puuuuurfect!

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  18. I love this dress! The print is amazing. Looks so summer!

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  19. I love this dress on you - it fits like a dream, is a beautiful fabric, and has cute details. I know everyone says it screams spring, but I bet you will love it once the heat of the summer is here. Here in South Carolina, that looks like a cool option for late August.

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  20. Love the dress. A lovely lady at Hanson's Fabrics in Sturminster Newton in Dorset, England gave me a hint to set the colors of linen. She said to dry clean your linen the first time to set the colors. Then you can launder it all you want and the color won't fade. I tried this with my last linen garment and it seems to be working.

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  21. What a great dress! I can't wear yellow, so the idea of it never makes my heart go pitterpat, but it sure is a knockout on you. Love the neckline detail too. Great job!

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  22. Great colors on you; it looks wonderful. I'm glad to see that you are making dresses for work. It's so 'you' but this seems summer casual to me, so perfect.

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  23. Love the dress, but what are "skippies"?

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  24. Beautiful colours in your dress and love how you made it work for you with the tie.

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  25. That is one great dress! And the print looks like you're wearing a summer vacation!

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