I loved this dress from the minute I saw it on Mimi G’s blog last year. It looked difficult to my novice eyes so I did some research on pattern review. I actually fell even deeper in love with this pattern while taking in others renditions of the dress. Most of the reviewers had positive feedback though many said the back collar was not clearly explained. I decided to purchase the pattern and work my way up to it.
So one day after being in a sewing slump for a while I decided to pull this pattern out and give it a try. I had already picked up this gorgeous royal blue lycra knit from Hancock off the flat fold table. The only problem was I only had 2.5 yds of fabric and View A required 3yds. For some reason I can usually place my pattern pieces in a way that saves space and this time thankfully was one of those times.
All in all I felt this was a simple sew. Though there was some pleating and gathering at the sleeve it helped that there was not that many pieces. Time was saved by adding the sleeve bands instead of hemming. And, possibly because I was warned, I was not confused by the back collar instructions. (I’ll update the post with pics of the collar construction)
Pattern Description: Pullover dress has front extending to back collar, fitted, front pleated bodice, raised waist, tie ends, 2 piece barrel sleeve, stitched hem
Sizing: (8-10-12-14-16) , (16-18-20-22-24) I cut a 10 (based on 36 bust, 31 waist, 41 hip)
Fabric Used: royal blue mystery knit (I think lycra) from the flat fold table at Hancocks
Does it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope? yes!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes because I was warned about the back collar. Though it wasn’t too hard to figure out.
Likes: pullover, barrel sleeves, cross over bodice
Pattern alterations or any design changes made: None
Would I sew it again? Yes. I would love to make it in a print.
Would I recommend it to others? Yes I would.
Conclusion: A great date night or semi formal dress that looks elegant but still sews up quickly.
Total Cost: $17.38
Vogue 8825 Pattern = $ 5.00
2.5 yards Blue lycra knit @ $4.95/yd = $12.38