Monday, June 16, 2008

Vogue 8281

Since I am a seamstress, I am always looking for patterns. I found this in the 2008 dress collection at Vogue patterns.




MISSES’ TOP AND SKIRT: Loose-fitting, unlined top has shoulder pads and front and collar variations. Purchased trim. Below mid-calf or floor length skirt has back invisible zipper, hook and eye closure.
NOTIONS: Top A, B: 23/4 yds. of Soutach or Cording, 1/4" Shoulder Pads. Also Top A: 4 yds. of 1/2" - 5/8" Flexible Trim, thirty-two 1/2" Buttons. Also Top B: Thirty-four 1/2" Buttons. Skirt C, D: 7" Invisible Zipper, Two Hook and Eye Closures.
FABRICS: Tops: Crepe de Chine, Soft Faille, Velvet and Jacquard. Skirt: Lightweight Woolens, Embroidered Fabrics and Crepe. Unsuitable for obvious diagonals, plaids or stripes. Use nap yardages/layouts for pile, shaded or one-way design fabrics. *with nap. **without nap.
Combinations: AA(6-8-10-12), EE(14-16-18-20)
MISSES’ TOP AND SKIRT: Loose-fitting, unlined top has shoulder pads and front and collar variations. Purchased trim. Below mid-calf or floor length skirt has back invisible zipper, hook and eye closure.
NOTIONS: Top A, B: 23/4 yds. of Soutach or Cording, 1/4" Shoulder Pads. Also Top A: 4 yds. of 1/2" - 5/8" Flexible Trim, thirty-two 1/2" Buttons. Also Top B: Thirty-four 1/2" Buttons. Skirt C, D: 7" Invisible Zipper, Two Hook and Eye Closures.
FABRICS: Tops: Crepe de Chine, Soft Faille, Velvet and Jacquard. Skirt: Lightweight Woolens, Embroidered Fabrics and Crepe. Unsuitable for obvious diagonals, plaids or stripes. Use nap yardages/layouts for pile, shaded or one-way design fabrics. *with nap. **without nap.
Combinations: AA(6-8-10-12), EE(14-16-18-20)



If you look at the pictures on this page, this one stands out in a beautiful way. I love the color and the design. However, I noticed today it is sewn with special fabrics that I usually do not wear. I like cotton! I have sewn cottons before, when other fabrics were recommended, but not all patterns do well when the recommended fabric is not used. I enjoyed looking at this but not sure I would sew it.

17 comments:

edwardianbeauty said...

Very Beautiful. It reflects some of the beauty of the past.

edwardianbeauty said...

I forgot to add this to my comment. Since the subject are dresses I want to know how can I encourage my mom to dress in dresses more even around the house. I don't know how to tell hell without appearing to be rude. Once again beautiful pattern. If you sew one of these dresses try to upload a picture of it :).

Heather said...

I have an older Vogue pattern that is very similar - I made it in the late 1980's for a friend who was tall and slender - she really pulled it off. It is quite lovely - I just remember it taking yards and yards of fabric and all the narrow hemming was a challenge for me back than - of course I was a teenager and didn't have a narrow hem foot for my machine! As I recall, she wore it to a wedding! Enjoy sewing this ensemble!

Robin said...

I love this pattern. I've run across it when I'm at the fabric store and have often thought of buying it!

Nicole said...

Hi ladies. I am a frequent reader but an infrequent poster. I am just wondering if you know of any good websites that teach you in a very user-friendly way the basics of sewing. I have a machine but don't even know how to thread it! (For shame!) I plan at some point to ask one of the ladies from church to help me, but getting started with a "how to" might help and a website would be best as buying books isn't in the budget right now. :)

Thanks!

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

If I did sew it, I would alter the peplum, which I find rather boxy. I think it would look nice drawn down like an overskirt, in an oval shape.

Mrs. K's Lemonade Stand said...

Very attractive outfits. Sadly, I cannot sew that well and so when I do sew, I keep it simple.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

I agree that homemakers need patterns that are quick and simple. This looks time consuming but I put it up because I was accused of not being fashionable like Vogue, and I was amused to find that Vogue has some modest patterns, and some Victorian style patterns. This shows that it isn't so out dated or out of fashion to like this kind of thing.Maybe they should write to Vogue and accuse them of living in the past.

CONNIE'S THOUGHTS FROM THE HEART said...

I love the style and the colors. I wish I could wear one right now. It is beautiful. I could not have made that even if I was still young. connie from Texas

Lily said...

Since lightweight woolens are an option I think you could use *some* cottons, don't you?

Judi said...

Very nice. I can remember wearing outfits similar to the brown ensemble back in the 1980s, simply because that was the style. I was young then, and dressed according to the fashion trends, so, if a crumpled paper sack was the style, I probably would have worn it. Now, I would like to wear this outfit because it is feminine without being too flouncy, and it is modest yet stylish. Thanks.

Miss Amy Smarty said...

I like Vintage Vogue. The ones they have from the 30s to the 50s. The rest are okay, but I don't like them as much as Simplicity patterns.

Amy G said...

Lady Lydia, have you checked on patternreview.com? If someone on there has sewn this, she may have posted a review. People there seem to be very experienced seamstresses and their reviews have been very helpful to me in deciding whether or not to buy a pattern.

LadyLydiaSpeaks said...

Amy, I had not thought of that. Thanks for letting me know that you can go see what others have said about the workability of patterns. I wont be buying this pattern unless it goes on sale. Vogue is always higher than the other brands.

Nicole, I don't think I have written on that subject particularly but there is a blog you might check, that is by Stacy MacDonald. I don't know the name of it off hand. I will consider writing a few things about the subject in the future.

Anonymous said...

I think that the recommended fabrics were selected because of their drapability, which the ruffled skirt would require. You could use cotton with good results if you cut the ruffles on the bias, which would make it drape gracefully.

It's a gorgeous outfit. I'm considering getting the pattern, as it's the sort of thing I love to wear. Glad to see something out of Vogue that isn't all spaghetti straps and plunging necklines!

All the best,

TF

Mrs. McG said...

Oh great, now I have another item on my must sew list. :)
I find that I can make time for even the most difficult patterns if I just break it down into sections (i.e. just this column, just this step, whatever) I learned that from a book from Sewing by Nancy. My youngest is a very curious and rambuctious two year old so I have to squeeze in time when I can.
Instructional sites:
http://www.instructables.com/id/How-to-Sew./
youtube.com (search: how to sew)
http://sewing.about.com/od/beginner1/bb/sewing101.htm
Can I tell you how many older (church)ladies have told me they used to sew, embroider, etc. but they don't have time anymore because they are working? Sigh...

Mrs. McG said...

Just thought I'd let you know that all Vogue patterns are on sale for $3.99 July 3rd-6th at JoAnns.

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