Wednesday, August 31, 2016

Vogue 8810 shirtdress and the endless summer...

It's almost fall and even I dream of autumn and those wonderful garment options that come with it. But I love Florida, and I'm content to sew for the climate. I will wear this cute dress all year 'round.

Yes, it's another maxi. But just pretend that it's short, if that's your thing :-) My first version of V8810 was short, but not worn a lot. For couple years I sewed things that interested me, but didn't particularly suit my lifestyle or needs. Since then I've become attached to maxi dresses - coverage, comfort, and a tropical vibe.

This pattern has lots of options - and a very pretty neckline that's a nice alternative to the collared look:

Butterfly on my shoulder...

I didn't use any of the skirt options - the full skirt is a 3/4 circle, just impossible when taken to a maxi length. And I don't do straight skirts! Instead, I used the skirt from the M6552 caftan dress. It's a slightly gathered A-line and fits this Vogue pattern, and me, really well.

A back view, slightly blurred because I had my camera set to take multiple shots. Not being a model, I moved...

Aside from the skirt replacement, I really didn't make a lot of changes. Mostly tweaks:

  • The armhole has facings, but I opted for self-fabric bias binding. I think it works and looks better.
  • As I noted in my first version, the shoulder on the pattern flies out and up a little bit. It's easy to correct once the bodice is put together at sides and shoulders.

From the pattern envelope

  • The dress is drafted with a blouson bodice. But that only works if the waist is pulled in enough to make it blouse. No way is this girl going to cinch in anything! Easily adjusted - I just took 5/8" off the length of the bodice - no extra fabric, no blousing...
  • And being picky - I used a large snap inside the front band, at the waistline, instead of a button.

Speaking of buttons, I used 12 on this dress! And once again, I have to mention my addiction to Frixion pens. I can write all over my garment (in this case, the front band when marking buttonholes), and the ink disappears if my iron gets anywhere close.

Twelve buttons were enough - I left a little interest at the bottom of the dress :-)

Fabric:  Susan Winget Botanical Buzz Butterfly Verbage [siccotton calico from JoAnns

Parting shot: An indulgence I'd rather have than ice cream - passion fruit (maracuya) preserves on homemade biscuits.

Tchau! Coco


  1. Your dress takes this pattern to a whole level! Beautiful fabric and it looks so good on you.

    1. Donna, thank you so much! I'm really excited about how it turned out. I want another one!

  2. This is beautiful! And I love the fabric.

  3. The fabric so wonderful, I can't believe it's from Joann's! It really does look cool and comfortable on. mmmm, those biscuits...

  4. What a fun fabric! Looks great & I really like that neckline.

  5. Glad you are enjoying your biscuits and passion fruit! Oh, and the dress is perfect!

  6. Lovely! The line art in the pattern didn't really call to me but I love the proportions on yours.

  7. Oh, I love it! The neckline is so pretty as is the fabric. The skirt is a goldilocks! Just right.

  8. Love it! I also love maxi dresses for the summer, wearing one right now...
    Your choice of fabric is very becoming on you!

  9. This is a fab dress and looks great on, I love it as a maxi and the fact there's no collar, may need to give this one a try.

  10. Super cute Coco! It looks just great on you and the fabric is the perfect choice!

  11. Super cute Coco! It looks just great on you and the fabric is the perfect choice!

  12. Cute dress. I love those frixion pens too but be careful as they left white bleach-like marks when I marked the front fly on a pair of cotton sateen pants. I think I'm also the only person alive who can't get washable crayola markers to wash out. It's a real pain as I don't have the patience for thread tracing.

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  14. wow, this is so pretty on you, and makes me want to sew myself a girly dress. Alas, I am making a shirt for the husband. :-)


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