It is a very British thing to do…to talk about the weather. I don’t know if any other nationalities do it half as much! Anyway, we are currently in a spell of the worst kind of British weather. I mean, snow and cold are ok if it is at least sunny and bright, but rain and those days (like today), when the sun just doesn’t come out and it is grey all day……booooo.
I was looking in my wardrobe and realised that, even though I love my colour, I don’t actually seem to own any colourful winter clothes. Its all very subdued. Grey, navy, black, with the odd bit of autumnal burgundy and purple thrown in. So, in an effort to introduce some colour, I decided to make V8787 in a hot pink checked brushed cotton (purchased from the Truro fabrics website). I like to think it has a touch of the Vivienne Westwood about it (I wish!)
So, what do I have to say about this pattern/ dress? It is very easy to make, and it has a great number of possibilities with the two different bodice and skirt variations. I chose to make the dress with the brushed side of the fabric on the inside, so I feel nice and cosy, and I think the non brushed side may be less prone to bobbling. It is very comfortable and I do like the cowl neck detail. The only negative thing I would have to say about this pattern is that I wish I had raised the front lower armscye slightly, as, annoyingly, you can see a little bit of bra. This is a not a huge issue, as I plan to wear this dress when it is cold, and so would probably have either a cardigan over it, or a polo neck under it. But if I was making a sleeveless version again, I would change this. Oh, I omitted the inseam pockets. Don’t get the need to add more width to the hip/ bottom region.
Here’s my review:
Lined dress has fitted bodice variations, midriff, tapered or flared skirt and back zipper. C and E: side front and side back seams, and side pockets. A, B, D and F: semi-fitted skirt and back slit. D, E and F: bias front bodice with fold-back facing.
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Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Were the instructions easy to follow?
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the cowl neck and the fact there are a number of different variations in the pattern. I didn’t like how low the front lower armscye was (at least on me), and if I was making another sleeveless version of this I would rectify this.
Brushed cotton with a very fine soft cotton for the back bodice and midriff lining.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
Usual size for bodice and one size larger for midriff and skirt. I did not line the skirt; I really did not think the brushed cotton needed it. I used an invisible zipper. I omitted the in-seam pockets. I had to shorten the skirt length by 2.5 inches – be warned if you are on the shorter side this skirt is long.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I would recommend to others. I might sew this pattern again, but one of the other versions.
Love my new bright, colourful dress, warm and easy to wear. Roll on spring…..