In an effort to start using up my fabric stash as well as tapping into my pattern collection I decided it was time to try Vogue 8728. I saw the version by the Sew Convert in a solid teal knit and it turned out so beautiful! I love how she styled it, and it ooks perfect for just about any occasion. I have had this knit black and white material in my stash FOREVER, it was in the bottom of my bin actually, so I figured it would be great for my first run at this dress (the pattern would hide any imperfections, always a plus!)
I think my dress turned out alright, but I have many things to say about this pattern. First off, this thing was HUGE! I could have easily cut 2 sizes smaller, and the length was at my ankles… literally. My torso is very short so I ended up taking up the midriff section by 2-3 inches, otherwise the waist would have fallen below my hips. I also had to take in the sides quite a bit, the corners ended up getting a little bunchy despite trimming the seams down each time. I think this silhouette is best on tall thin ladies with minimal hips.
The gathering on the bust didn’t quite sit as nicely as I would have liked, but I think that I could remedy this and take the gathers in some more on my next go. The neck binding was actually not as difficult as I thought it would be, this is usually something I struggle with however the topstitching wasn’t my favorite.
Another thought I had on this pattern was that I don’t think it looks particularly “vintage”. Even in the pictures on the website with the girl styled for the 40’s this dress itself looks rather modern to me.
I didn’t bother making the covered belt because I really didn’t think it was worth all the work. I doubt I would ever wear it anyhow. There were also instructions for making shoulder pads, but really… does this knit dress need stinkin shoulder pads?? I think not. I think overall this is a cute dress and it had some interesting throwback methods, however I ended up serging a lot of it and just stuck with what I know. I’d try this one again in a solid, however I’ll probably wait until t warms up… I think maybe I made this one prematurely because I am already sick of winter!
My husband’s birthday is in a week and he is turning the big 3-0 this year! We are going on a trip to West Virginia next month for a big kayaking festival called Gauley Fest, so I wanted to make him something that he could use when on the river. It is still a little warm out for him to use the union suit I made last year, so I found Kwik Sew 2881 which is a dry top that he can wear under his dry suit. Check out the hunks on the envelope, maybe I should make him the undies next time! hee hee…
Anyhow, I found some black spandex bathing suit material at Hancocks, the pattern didn’t call for much, this top only called for about a yard. After making the union suit which was a similar pattern, I didn’t want it to come out too small so I cut it extra big so that I could size it down to fit him. I ended up cutting it quite a bit since he likes these to fit a little bit snug.
I serged all the seams and went back and serged around the neckline after sewing it to fit properly. Since this is going to get wet it needs extra reinforcement, especially for what he will be using it for. I don’t think this fabric has a tendancy to unravel, however if stretched too far I think it could tear.
The shirt ended up fitting him properly, however all the cutting and sizing down made the finished product less than professional looking. The side seams were a hair short to match up with the shirt bottom, which was ok but I am a bit of a perfectionist so it annoyed me. This showed the serged seam at the bottom too, but I guess since he is wearing this as a layer underneath his dry suit on a river so ultimately it doesn’t really matter. He said he liked it and he would wear it kayaking, so I think he likes his birthday gift!
Happy 30th Birthday to my favorite guy! I ❤ You!