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Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Summer Linen: Very Easy Vogue 8870

V8870Pattern Description:

This is a very easy vogue dress: Pullover dress has loose-fitting, blouson, bodice variations, elasticized (seamed) waist, side pockets and narrow hem.  Wrong side shows on back hemline.  A: Mock wrap, front pleated bodice, and two-piece sleeves. Note: No provisions provided for above waist adjustment.  B: Elasticized upper back. 

Pattern Sizing:
This pattern comes in the options of Y(XS to M) or ZZ(Large to XXL).  I made a medium. 

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, my dress looks like the drawing.  Pretty ugly envelope but the photo on Vogue pattern website is pretty cute. 

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Oh yes, super easy instructions that were not only easy to read and understand but also follow visually.  Nothing frivolous.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
A variation of a classic mock wrap dress
High/low hemline is fun!
I think the upper back is a little snugger than I expected.  If I sew this again, I will add a 1/2" to that area, however I am afraid that if I do that the front wrap will gap!
This is really low cut!  I have to wear a cami underneath, but I never mind wearing one, so all is good.  I do think if you are average or small busted you won't have an issue with it being so low cut. 
The waist line is HUGE!!!  If I make this in a similar type of fabric again, I will taper the waist about 3 inches on each side.  Right now, I feel like it makes me look every curvier than I already am and I do my best to minimize that look, after all, I don't want to look too matronly.

Fabric Used:
I used this black linen I picked up at SR Harris in Minneapolis.  It shrunk about 9 inches after I washed and dried it and it wrinkles like crazy!   I pressed it right before modeling it and it wrinkled as I pulled it over my head!
I barely had enough fabric to make this dress.  After I washed and dried it, I had 1 3/4 yards, not 2 yards like the pattern calls for.  I really wanted to make the more dramatic hemline, but didn't have enough for that. 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Other reviewers mentioned that the center back seam on the skirt was unnecessary.  I cut that piece out on the fold but took off the seam allowance. 
I didn't even make my usual 1/2" swayback adjustment since the top was blousy. 

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I do think this is a nice dress.  If I make it again, I will use a lighter weight fabric so it flows more. 

This dress whips up fast!  I think it needs a much lighter fabric that what I used.  I do like it and DH gave his stamp of approval. 

Thanks for reading!


  1. I do like it, the lines are very slimming and I love the hem. Would this be perfect for a nice and flowey cotton lawn?

    1. Oh yes, I think a flowey cotton lawn would work extremely well Becki-c. Have fun with it!

  2. Your dress is very pretty! Thks for the tips on the back and waist - I have this pattern in my lineup for summer.

    1. You are welcome! Good luck with it! It is fast and easy, perfect for summer sewing. :)