Monday, July 11, 2011

How Vogue 8570 Turned into Something Else.

I've had this yellow fabric for years and always thought it was too bright but when I saw the Queen wearing yellow to Will and Kate's wedding, I knew I had to make it into a dress!

I've also had this pattern for a while and thought it would make a nice cool dress for those hot summer days. I was so wrong!



This is what it looked like with a few modifications.



It looks Ok but the neckline was quite a bit higher than the picture on the envelope and I had to add back darts and curve in the side seams at the waist line because it was very boxy.

The real problem however was that because I'm chesty ,having to draw in my bra straps to avoid them showing was just too uncomfortable. I guess, the style was not a wise choice for me. Live and learn!

Because I had put in a lot of work on it including lining it, I was upset that it didn't turn out. I had very little fabric left so restyling it seemed like an impossibility. But where there's a will, there's away.

I managed to piece together a new bodice loosely based on S2247. I had to do some creative cutting and seaming but I did it.So here is what I came up with.




In addition to the new bodice, I added front darts to give it a bit more shape and I added an invisible zipper.V 8570 didn't call for one! I changed the back slit to a kick pleat.I changed the pockets too so they wouldn't add bulk to the hip area.I used the pockets application from Sandra Betzina's coat V1060.I've applied these pockets several times and love them.



The fabric is a very soft stretch cotton twill and the lining is cotton voile.

I love this dress now. I regret the Vogue one didn't turn out because I still love the style but now I know I have to stick to age as well as figure appropriate styles. This one, like my last dress, S2404, reminds me of the 60's and/or Madmen. It skims over my body with a nice amount of ease and I've decided that's a good look for me.






I wore this to church and out to lunch today and got lots of compliments so it's official . My yellow dress is a success! More pics here.


Hope you are having a nice summer and are finding time to sew!

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18 comments:

Lori said...

Wow, what a transformation and great save. Your yellow dress looks wonderful on you. Great job.

Sharon said...

Great save and love the colour on you.

Gail said...

Clever work. Love the yellow colour - it is very becoming on mature women and you are suitably regal! I've never noticed your original pattern before - unless subsciously - because it exactly like a dress I have been dreaming up in my head.

Sue said...

What an excellent rescue. Well done!
I had exactly the same problem with the original pattern as you, for the same reasons. I love how you adapted the pattern.

gwensews said...

Lemonade from lemons! What a save! I love that yellow. So pretty. And, very nice work.

pdiddly said...

wow what sheer determiniation I may have given up by now - I love the 2nd dress and the colour is great

Shannon said...

xcellent save on that dress - it looks amazing now!

Jenny said...

Pretty! I love the bodice seaming. It seems that when we're forced to be creative, sometimes the best things result.

Laury said...

That IS a good look for you, nicely done!

Tamara said...

Really nice mum. I like the revised version so much better. You are so talented!

Love you,

Tam

Audrey said...

I have Vogue 8570 in my pattern stash and love the neckline, but unshaped dresses don't look good on me so I never made it. Still it was nice to see your version and read your comments before you turned it into a beautiful, but totally different dress. It looks lovely on you!

Vicki said...

The first version looked so cute, but not practical. And a fitted dress suits you (and me) much better. Great colour too. Good save.

Ann's Fashion Studio said...

WOW Diana, you did an amazing job restyling this dress. I like the original but the finished dress is gorgeous!

Barb-Central Texas said...

What a gorgeous transformation! I'm so glad to find your blog. I can tell I'll learn a lot and find inspiration from its pages.

Irene said...

The end result is just lovely. It's sad when things don't work our quite as you'd wished, but so long as there is a very wearable garment at the end, it's all good.

velosewer said...

That's really good. You look great in this dress.

Linda T said...

Fabulous save. I liked the Vogue, but totally understand it's "uncomfortableness." I get more of those than I like to think about. I LOVE your revision. You look wonderful in it!

Dressed2atee said...

That's one of the best reasons for making/designing your own clothes. What a blessing you were able to save that beautiful dress!