Sunday, 30 October 2011

Finished Project & Pattern Review: Vogue 8469, Confetti Polyester.

(L-R) Very Easy Vogue 8469 - A dress I fell in love with (InStyle magazine) - My efforts to make something similar.

I had 3 hours sleep last night. I should actually say 3 hours sleep this morning, as I did not sleep till about 6:30am.

I was on a sewing high! I was determined to finish this dress cos I'm a very impatient person.

Continuing on from my last post... 

I got started at 6pm last night. The pattern was already traced and cut (using a previous pattern) so all I had to do was cut the fabric.

I finished the bodice around 11:30pm and was starving! I hadn't eaten since brunch! I ate some pizza the BF bought over and tried to watch a movie, but I couldn't keep still.

At 1am, I turned the sewing machine back on, got out the skirt, and stitch it together. Bodice and skirt were stitched together, then came the zipper! 

Zipper was so easy! I love my invisible zipper foot. Best $19 I have ever spent.

I finished all the raw edges with a zig zag stitch (don't have an overlocker, boo hoo), and pressed my dress about 20 times.  Before I started dressmaking, I had only used my iron about 4 times. Last night, I used it about 15 times... and another 15 times today! 

By 6am the dress was done, all that was left was the arm holes and the hem. I tried the dress on and was disapointed that it was loose around the midriff and the bust. According to Vogue measurements, my bust is an 8, waist 12, hips 10 or 12, and I had blended the sizes together so I think it might just be how the dress is meant to fit. I have checked Pattern Review and everyone's version seems to be kinda loose around the midriff as well.

Went to sleep at 6:30am, woke up at 9:30am. Still feeling inspired, I tried to dress and made some adjustments. I took the bodice in by 2". Skirt waist stayed the same. I finished the arm holes and finished the hem of the skirt with a blind stitch. I took about 8.5" off the length of the skirt in original pattern.

By 1pm I finished. 15 hours :)

Thank you again to Amber, my Twitter buddy, for giving me a heads up on where to get the fabric... xo!
Thank you to BF for bringing me food and putting up with me ignoring him while I was sewing last night :)
Thanks Google for showing my photos on the search results for V8469 :)

Pattern Review: Very Easy Vogue V8469

Total cost of this dress: $18
  • 1.7 meters polyester: $8.50,
  • Invisible zipper 22" (natural): $4,
  • Gutermann thread (169): $5,
  • Elastic: $0.50c, 
  • Whisperweft: leftover from other dress,
  • V8469 pattern - reused pattern from my little stash: $0! 

Pattern modifications:
  • Took in 2" at the midriff and bust (used size 8 bust, size 12 midriff pattern pieces),
  • Took up skirt by 8.5",
  • Didn't make the tie,
  • Didn't line the dress, made facings instead.


  1. Great job! You look spectacular! It is hard to believe you just started sewing.

  2. @Nancy Thanks Nancy!! I can't wait to make more dresses!

  3. Every time I think of making the V8469 I have in my stash I come back and look at this version by you.
    I die with jealousy over this fabric. I've never seen anything remotely similar :-(
    Now I'm just thinking I'll make a tartan dress using it instead.
    Yours is gorgeous! x

  4. Polyester are really a good fabric.. I personally like them... They come in High Tenacity Yarn or Low Melt Polyester Yarn, So its very much useful at times... Thanks for tips.. Will definitely try this..


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