Vogue 8648 – Finished

I finally got around to photographing the skirt yesterday.  This is all that remains from My 1 Dress project of 2012.

Look at all that wrinkling.  I didn’t have any wrinkles by muslin 3.  I think I took a wrong turn at the hand-basting of the silk organza underlining.

Eh, I don’t love it.

I still love the color and may try to salvage this further.  I also think the skirt needs to be pegged.  I tried to peg the skirt pieces unsuccessfully between muslins 1 and 2, then gave up on the idea.

MORE Wrinkles!  GRR!

Pattern Description: (from pattern envelope – Lined dresses A-F, fitted through bust, mid-knee, have princess seams, bias midriff and back zipper.)

Pattern Sizing: I started with a size 20.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? No.

Were the instructions easy to follow? I didn’t follow them. I sewed along to the Craftsy Couture Dress class.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the idea of a princess seam sheath dress with a hem that is 2 inches below my knee. I dislike pretty much everything else. Even after making 3 muslins, I only salvaged the skirt portion of the dress.

Fabric Used: A teal blue poly-rayon suiting with some stretch that I had in the stash for eons and silk organza.

Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made: I made a raft of adjustments The details are in the following posts.

Muslin 1
Muslin 2
Muslin 3

I also added a back pleat to the hem of the skirt.

After putting together the final dress, the bodice still looked a hot mess. I ripped the bodice from the skirt to try to salvage the skirt. I added a grosgrain ribbon stay inside the skirt waistline to keep it from stretching. Since the seam allowances were so large, I just turned them under and used them as a facing.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? No, I would not on both counts. I am not sure this is the right sheath pattern for some with a big front and back porch who is taller than average.

Conclusion: I think working with this pattern was an unnecessary test of my perseverance with an underwhelming result.

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3 thoughts on “Vogue 8648 – Finished

  1. BeaJay

    Shame about the wrinkles because that fabric and colour is absolutely gorgeous. Try re sewing the lining. It is certainly worth fixing those wrinkles.

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  2. Carolyn

    That's a pity you're not happy with it, it looks very smart. The colour is lovely. It looks to me that the CB seam pulls in a bit, and is maybe not stitched straight from the hip down? This should be a straight along the grain seam. It might be worth checking, this would be a simple fix if so πŸ™‚

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