Vogue V8848: the S and M dress

Vogue V8848 ponte + pleather fit and flare dress
Vogue V8848 ponte + pleather fit and flare dress

Sooo….was I the only person on the planet stupid brave enough to purchase V8848? When I saw the model pictures for this dress on the Vogue Patterns website I thought it looked like a nice, easy to sew fit and flare dress. Check out their version in pink:


Nice enough, right?

I bought the pattern on sale and thought it would be the perfect opportunity to trying sewing ponte and pleather: neither of which I have sewn before. I knew when I saw the pattern I wanted to do the central panel in a contrast fabric of some sort.

I took a gamble and just sewed the thing right out of the envelope. I cut my usual size on the bust, grading out one size larger at the waistline and for the skirt portion.

V8848: not a nice day for an outdoor photo shoot
V8848: not a nice day for an outdoor photo shoot

The only adjustment I made was reducing some of the width on the sleeves as after I had basted them in I felt they were too large and loose. I think I possibly should also have reduced some width on the shoulders, but not by much. I didn’t add anything to the length on this dress – I find vogue patterns are often too long on me anyway – this one was just right.

Here are the line drawings:

V8848 - line drawings
V8848 – line drawings

Now here is where this pattern falls down, IMO. Do you see the strips which come out from the front and rear central panels and line up over the hips? Here is a close up on my dress:

V8848 - close up of strips that run over the hips
V8848 – close up of strips that run over the hips

(BTW, I eliminated the zip in my dress). There are EIGHT corners which have to be sewn which join the upper bodice front and back side panels and the lower front and back skirt side panels to these strips. That’s right. EIGHT corners of torment for you to tackle. It could be my lack of expertise. It could have been my choice of fabric. But those corners are, frankly, biaaatches to sew! No amount of cutting in to them would get them to be sharp sweet corners. I think I just hammered the pleather into submission with my iron, so they don’t look that bad, but I would love to see if anyone else ever makes this dress, what they make of them. And I swear the dots you are told to cut up to to get the corners are just not placed right. I was too frightened to cut into the corners that far because it was like they were way beyond the seam allowance.

V8848 ponte + pleather fit and flare dress
V8848 ponte + pleather fit and flare dress

Now that the “corners ordeal” is over, I will say that overall, this dress fits quite well, and is very comfortable. However, that Rihanna song (S&M) does come into my mind when I put it on (“…..sticks and stones may break my bones, but chains and whips excite me, nanana…”) Here’s my pattern review:


Pattern Description:

Unlined dress (close-fitting through bust) has seam detail, back zipper and narrow hem.

Pattern Sizing:

14 – 22

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Yes I think so. Mine has a more dominatrix look to it, haha.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes. Very. In theory.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

There are EIGHT corners which have to be sewn which join the upper bodice front and back side panels and the lower front and back skirt side panels to the strips which run off the front and back centre panels. These corners were absolutely horrible to sew. I think it is the way the pattern has been drafted (although it could also be my lack of expertise/ choice of fabric). The alignment dots seem to be placed too far off and away from the seam allowance. There is just too much fabric to allow you to get a nice, neat, sharp corner. I don’t mind the overall shape or fit of the dress.

Fabric Used:

Ponte knit with faux leather.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I eliminated the back zip and cut the back central panel as a single piece. I sewed the pattern as it came out of the envelope: usual bust size and going up a size at the waistline, and for the skirt portion. I also made the sleeves a little narrower.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

Neither. IF I was ever going to sew this again I would probably get rid of the strips that run out from the front and back centre panels and cut the bodice side panels in one with the skirt side panels. Eliminate the horrible corners. But it ain’t gonna happen….


It fits ok. It is comfortable. I think I will wear it. But I didn’t like the pattern.

Vogue V8848 - ponte + pleather fit and flare dress
Vogue V8848 – ponte + pleather fit and flare dress

….cause I may be bad but I’m perfectly good at it……until next time…

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By day I work in the exciting world of pharmaceutical regulatory affairs, registering medicines (!), but by night I turn in to a sewing diva, making all manner of clothes in my beautiful sewing space (which you can tour using the link at the top of this blog). I love how sewing and sewing clothes that fit my curvy body continually challenges me. I enjoy working with all different types of fabric, and whilst I don't like to put restrictions on myself and say I won't buy RTW, the truth is that I probably rarely do buy it, preferring the fit of my own me-made clothes. I love to use natural fibres where ever possible and colourful coats are an obsession of mine! Sewing is both my addiction and my therapy. You can contact me at sewmanju@yahoo.co.uk

31 thoughts on “Vogue V8848: the S and M dress

  1. I totally understand and can see your reasoning with the stressful sewing of this dress! However, this dress is gorgeous on you! I like your thought on remaking this dress with the side panels as one…and bet a second version would be more of a knockout as well! Great job and sorry how you feel about it, because you look beautiful in it. I also bet you’ll get tons of looks and compliments too!

  2. You knocked this out of the park! It’s so beautiful and it fits you so well! I don’t know about sewing this with other fabrics but I had to use my clapper on all my seams that intersected with the faux leather on my dress too. If you don’t mind I’m snatching a picture of you in this awesome dress and linking to your blog post on my Sewcation Round-up!

  3. very inspiring. I loved your choice of fabric and the leather in the centre, it is just amazing, I have done a trial version, and it is not bas considering I am a new sewer. I am excite to finish this project soon.

  4. Well, it looks fantastic on you, despite the torment! And looking at it you’d never know how you struggled, as the result is very professional. As to sewing sharp corners, it’s something I’d really like to do a class in – is there anyone out there who has mastered them, and is willing to teach a class?? I have a number of vintage patterns which have those sharp corners on the bodice yoke and/or the underarm gussets (remember those?), and I have yet to get a consistent, sharp corner. I certainly know what you mean about having to cut terrifyingly far into the seam allowance in an effort to get a good turn. There must be a trick to it – I hope someone sees this post!

    1. Hello shayne. Thanks for your comment. These are the first “corners” I have done and your comment doesn’t fill me with hope for the future! I hope someone sees your comment too and offers some advise.

  5. I love the combination, looks gorgeous on you. This is my first time on your blog and I’m loving it already. You’re an awesome sewer.

  6. I also made this one and looked on here to see if anyone else had trouble with the corners and BINGO…it wasn’t just me…I didn’t like the pattern either but at least yours is wearable…mine needs to be redesigned and I’ll have to do that in my “spare time”.

  7. Ugh. Fund this review after doing battle with those corners on a toile. I am SO glad I didn’t cut proper fabric for this pattern – just wish I’d found this review before I bought it!!them!

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