Vogue 8805- Colorblocked fun for The Monthly Stitch

Vogue8805outsideHere is the Monthly Stitch Challenge project finished (and photographed, which is the step that always slows this blog down) at last. I liked this pattern, Vogue 8805, much more than I expected. The fit in the shoulder and the shape of the top panel joining the middle panel is really great. Additionally, it includes adjustable darts—you pick the cup size. A very nice feature for this rather simple pattern.
Vogue8805sleeveI ignored the instructions totally. I self-lined the top portion by just cutting 2 fronts and 2 backs. And yet I still had to hand stitch the armholes because that slippery rayon did not match up and I didn’t want it to hang funny if it did not align properly. So I sewed it together at the neck and down the back, attached it to the middle panel, and then folded the sleeves in as it hung on my dressform so I could guarantee that the lining wasn’t pulling. I finally used my Japanese “Wonder Tape” stuff that I got at the Sew Expo to hold it in place and it worked handily!
Vogue8805bottomPanelHow about that embroidered silk bottom panel? I told you there was a little surprise coming…I folded that fabric in the voting picture so you couldn’t see the awesome detail of it! I’m so sneaky! It is another designer remnant from my local Pacific Fabrics. I cut the bottom panel shorter than the pattern calls for because when I researched other versions, the shorter bottom band looked more modern and had a better proportion.
Vogue8805backI split the entire top back panel instead of just a few inches like the pattern suggests. I had seen other bloggers had done it this way and it made finishing easier anyway. Then I added a little gray fabric covered button I found in my button jar—it obviously came with a purchased top as a spare that I never used and it was perfect. It is soooo satisfying to my cheap inner self to use up odd and free notions that I have lying around. I even made a thread chain loop. It was just like crocheting…easy.
Vogue8805frontMy conclusion is The Monthly Stitch is quite fab. I am so glad I joined! I found many new blogs and I appreciated everyone who came over to my blog to vote. I’m looking forward to the next challenge.
I’m considering making this pattern again in a top length. Before I put on the bottom band I loved it so much I almost went with it. But I didn’t want to disappoint those who voted. I am really loving mixing fabrics right now. The possibilities are intriguing. I sit on the floor of my sewing room for hours dreaming up schemes. Most don’t get made, since I sew very slowly. But the daydreaming is fun and I count it as creative time. This pattern is great for that kind of daydreaming!


25 thoughts on “Vogue 8805- Colorblocked fun for The Monthly Stitch

  1. Wow… I absolutely love this- and that silk panel bottom just makes the dress! Beautiful! I finished my Miss Bossy yesterday, but alas I made a “slight” mistake in the sizing and I have to SUCK it in to get it buttoned. Sighhhh… (At least I GOT it buttoned!) So this week it’s lots of exercise for me and veggies… and I will photograph it NEXT week… and hopefully be able to breathe! lol… I love the Monthly Stitch too- I just added your blog to my queue! 😀

    • Your comment made me laugh! I know exactly what you mean and I have that situation currently with a skirt I just made. I took some very uncomfortable pictures this weekend in it! Thanks for checking my blog out.

  2. This is great. I wish I had the guts to do some colorblocking. I know how that daydreaming gets. That is probably what causes the fabric stash to breed.

  3. Love your version and it’s a fantastic fit, I am thinking of making a denim one but it seemed a bit boring – but I could do the bottom band in a different fabric – thanks for the inspiration.

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