Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Made My First Dress! **and, it's color blocked**

It's a Color Blocked Dress - (And, it's my first dress!).  Vogue Pattern 8786 / I used Black Crepe Polyester for the majority of the dress, but I used Purple Crepe Polyester for the center front.  I plan on making this dress again, probably 2 more times, a solid color short sleeve and a solid color long sleeve.  When I saw the pattern I knew that I wanted to make this dress.  And, when I read the review on (PatternReview.com) I knew I wanted to make a color block dress, too (thanks, joanneinvan for the great idea)!  See the full review below.

Pattern Description: Very Easy Vogue 8786 – Loose-fitting, pullover dress. I made View A (fitted through bust) have back neck slit with hook and eye closing, narrow hem.  Purchased bias tape finishes necklines and armholes.

Pattern Sizing: 16-24. I made the 18.

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

Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes.  Although, this was my first time using bias tape on the neckline / armholes and that was a little challenging.  I'm sure it'll look better the next time!

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I made it, I love it! Finished it Monday and wore it to work on Tuesday morning. Oh, yeah!

Fabric Used: I used a black polyester crepe, the center color is a purple polyester crepe (about $4.85 per yard from Fabric.com).

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I made this a color block dress by changing the color of the center front fabric.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I will make it again. I plan on making another one in a solid color (either red or pink) and I want to make a long sleeve version for the winter.

Conclusion: I love this dress!  I learned so many new things during this process - 1) I used bias tape (really, this should be #1, #2, and #3 - I did it and undid it a few times); 2) I used a twin needle (I saw a dress like this in Macy's and I wanted my hem to be similar); 3) I sewed a hook and eye in the back; and, 4) I did a great job on the seam lines (there were so many - and, mostly very straight).  Winning!

Needles Up,
Always Audrey


  1. I like the color blocked idea with this pattern. I really need to give this one a try myself.

  2. Congrats on your first dress. Am yet to get there.

  3. @ Linda - I love this pattern! I received so many compliments on this dress. And, it went together nicely. You definitely should try this.

    @ Sassy T - I would tell you that I sew fearlessly....But, actually, I just jump out there and believe everything will come together. I celebrate every success and laugh at every failure (and, there have been a few). Let me know when you start working on your first dress.