Vogue 8904 Marcy Tilton designed LBD

Vogue 8904 LBD
Vogue 8904 LBD

You know when you have been eating really rich food for some time, and then all you fancy is a bowl of very simple soup? Well, that’s a little how I felt after sewing all those colourful clothes for my holiday, I craved sewing something in a more soothing colour. Also, I realised that I actually don’t have a go to LBD.

I bought this Marcy Tilton Vogue 8904 pattern in the last 5 day sale that Vogue had (shipped from America). Here’s the line drawings:

vogue 8904 line drawings
vogue 8904 line drawings

As you can see, it would lend itself very well to colour blocking, and I had already seen some great versions of this dress (including some brilliant striped renditions).

This dress really is wonderfully simple to sew….it’s a pull on dress so no zips, and the sleeves are set in flat before sewing up the side seams. BUT the pattern is designed with around 2 inches of negative ease in it….it is designed to be quite a close fitting dress. So if you know you won’t be comfortable in a close fitting knit dress you either have to cut a larger size, or add additional seam allowances so you can fit whilst sewing. Taking flat pattern measurements and comparing them to your own measurements is crucial to getting the right fit. I would really recommend reading Marcy’s own blog and also Communing with Fabric’s blog (she did a great striped version) to understand the whole fitting thing.

Vogue 8904 LBD
Vogue 8904 LBD

The dress is constructed by sewing a series of “shingles” on top of an underlying base dress. Here’s the first of my layers pinned on to my base dress:

Vogue 8904: bottom shingle pinned on to base dress
Vogue 8904: bottom shingle pinned on to base dress

Some sewists have chosen not to sew the bottom most shingle on to their base dress. I decided to do this because the pattern has you leaving the cut edges unfinished, and I decided to cut the bottom most shingle using my selvedge as the finished edge. I also cut my sleeves using the selvedge to finish them.

Vogue 8904 LBD
Vogue 8904 LBD

Here’s a close up of the side seam to show the shingles meeting:

Vogue 8904: close up of side seam where shingles meet
Vogue 8904: close up of side seam where shingles meet

What about my fabric? Well, I purchased this fabric from an amazing new ebay seller that I found. They have an ebay shop which has a fabulous selection of knit fabrics….expect to see me sewing more items with other knits that I purchased from this seller! In case anyone wants to visit their shop it is called Click Fabric, and you can click on the link to visit it. The fabric I used is this one, and there is still stock left. It sells for £4.99 a metre and I used around 3 metres to make this dress….a complete bargain I say. Be warned: it is a double layered stretch fabric (which has just under the recommended stretch allowance for this pattern I would say), which means the dress has got several layers in it (perhaps not what I will be wondering round in during the current heat wave we are having), but it is a beautiful quality fabric with a great texture and is very flattering. There is also this great sage green colour which I think would look amazing sewn up in this dress.

Vogue 8904 LBD
Vogue 8904 LBD
Vogue 8904 LBD
Vogue 8904 LBD

Pattern Review

Pattern Description:

Close-fitting, pullover dress has self neck binding, tiers, and raw edge finish. A: sleeves. B: self armhole binding

Pattern Sizing:

6 – 22

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?

Love the finished dress! Love the shape it gives you. Very flattering with the shingles. Nothing to dislike really.

Fabric Used:

Ribbed textured jacquard stretch jersey fabric.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

According to the flat pattern measurements the back waist measurement was about 2.5 inches to long for me, so I shortened accordingly. This meant I had to redraw the placement lines on the back piece to match those on the front. I still have some slight gathering in the mid shingle piece (which I did not alter). If I sew this again I would want to adjust this. I added about 3 inches to the length.

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

Yes I might sew this again. I have seen some great summery versions of this dress, but it would also work very well for winter. Yes, I would recommend to others.


This dress makes me want too…embrace my curves more 🙂

Vogue 8904 LBD
Vogue 8904 LBD




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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

64 thoughts on “Vogue 8904 Marcy Tilton designed LBD

  1. WOW that is fantastic. my favorite version of this pattern that I have seen. What a great fabric choice. You look so good. and you have convinced me, now I need to get this pattern 🙂 great fit.

    1. Thanks Beth. Yep, this is one of those patterns where I don’t think the pattern envelope was all that, but the versions I saw flying around convinced me. And it is one that you can do a lot with, depending on fabric choice! Highly recommend.

  2. First, Goodbye Valentino’s striped dress. Now your textured solid. I don’t know if I will be able to resist this pattern for long, LOL! You look fantastic and it does the most for your curves in a GREAT way. Total win!

  3. That is one fantastic dress. It’s incredibly flattering on you. I’m pretty sure I’m going to have to get this pattern for myself. (Your “shingle” matching is spot on too).

  4. I totally love the dress and the fabric seams fantastic. I never buy fabric online coz I always want to see it, feel it first. You may have convinced me to try online fabric shopping once. Also the pattern is amazing. It looks beautiful on you, very elegant. In my opinion this pattern will look better on curvy women then on very slim ones.You did a great job!

  5. I wouldn’t have thought about buying this pattern at all with the look on the pattern paper, but what you did with it is just awesome. I live in the US. So i’ll wait for the sales to run again and buy it, one just finished last week. Awesome job !!

  6. Great looking dress! I just received the fabric I ordered to make this dress yesterday. I like all the versions I have seen of this pattern.

    1. Thanks Sarah. No I left me edges unfinished. Used the selvedges for the bottom shingle and arms. The pleated fabric disguises any potential curling.

  7. I absolutely LOVE your version of this dress! I was already convinced by Sarah to make this dress, now it is at the top of my list!

  8. Hi
    I have this pattern bought in the sale and tucked away but now i’ve seen your fab version i’m going to give it a go. If I make version A with sleeves and all one colour do you think i’ll get away with 3.5m of fabric for size 22, i’m only
    5ft 3?
    You look amazing and you always inspire my sewing.
    thanks Karen

    1. Hi Karen, thanks for your comment. It depends on the width of your fabric. My fabric was approx. 50 inches wide and I used approx. 3 metres so I would have thought you should be fine. I am also 5 foot 3 BTW. If I was making this dress again one thing I might do is use a plain fabric for the base layers and save my fancy stuff for the shingles which will be on show. Just a thought…

  9. This is the 2nd blog I have seen with this pattern, I was tempted with the first on (a blue and white stripe) but now I am in no doubt! What a stunning dress!! and you look amazing in it. Well done!

  10. Manju, the Vogue 8904 I think is one of the best dresses I’ve seen on you. You did a fabulous job! Especially more so because that type of fabric is so hard to work with. Excellent work

  11. I am so glad that I found your blog (via the Vogue feed on Facebook). You make such wonderful clothes. I am really looking forward to going through your archives and watching what else you come up with! I’ve made this dress too – http://thornberry.wordpress.com/2013/05/28/vogue-8904-the-shingle-dress – and love it – and actually, I have another one cut out! If it looks half as good on me as yours does on you I’ll be very happy. Stunning!

  12. I have had this pattern for several months and haven’t been either able to find the right fabric, nor had the guts to try it! Now you’ve really inspired me. Thanks for blogging!

  13. The fit is spot on! I really love the fabric you chose for this, too. So lovely. I have never seen this pattern, and now it’s at the top of my want list!

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