My take of the Vogue 8577 made in an Autumnal toned fruit print cotton lawn was originally completed in September 2019.
Since then the Covid pandemic and lockdowns have taken their toll so that now the dress is too small in the bodice.
The fabric was purchased at the Festival of Quilts and after making the dress there was a large remnant. I am so glad that I kept it!
With some pattern tetris I was able to cut a new bodice and sleeves using my ‘Harley’ pattern. The back bodice has a centre seam and the front facings are pieced. I used some fine White cotton as a lining for the bodice and sleeves which provides some additional structure to this fine lightweight cotton lawn.
I re-visited Sian of Kittenish Behaviour’s vlog where she gives some hints and tips for sewing the Vogue 8577 and this helped enormously when fitting the bodice to the skirt at the front where there was a continuous facing plus lots of buttons and buttonholes to contend with. All bodice seam allowances were trimmed with pinking shears and the side seams pressed open and flat. The lining was turned up and hand stitched to the waistline seam.
I re-used the buttons from the original bodice plus the spare so there are 7 buttons on the bodice.
I am delighted with how the dress has turned out and it will form the key element to yet another capsule collection for Autumn. Notice how well the print coordinates with my latest elasticated wide belt and suede wedge-heeled espadrilles.
Project #63 completed 23rd September 2021