Wednesday, 12 September 2012

Finished Project & Pattern Review: Vogue 8603 skirt with side ruching.

Hi lovelies! 

Just a quickie post today. 

Firstly I want to say thank you for all the kind birthday comments on my last post, aww I feel so loved <3 thank you guys!! xox

I finally hemmed my V8603 today after two weeks of it hanging up in my lounge room.

Okay, I have to admit, I didn't hem the skirt... I used hemming tape! Don't judge me! The only other time I have used hemming tape was on my cummerbund for my vintage Simplicity 3222. I know hemming tape is cheating... but I'm quite happy with the result. I think I just got over that UFO so I wanted to get it done and dusted and out of the way.

It's been so long since I made the skirt I barely remember the details!!! 
This time around, I found it much quicker and easier to finish. The fabric I chose for this skirt is a bit stiff but after a good pressing, the seams sat nicely.

I overlocked the raw edges and handpicked the zipper. Really digging hand picked zips!

The zipper needs to be more invisible, but overall it looks good enough.

Out of this version and the 'bird' fabric version I made a few months ago (post here) I think I like the bird skirt better. I think this skirt is too 'disco-ey'? Or it could be the crispiness of the fabric... not sure. I love the fabric - it looks awesome on my 'black & wine' dress and the clutch looks great.. but this skirt... I'm not sure!

My favorite feature of this skirt is the side ruching. Cute as! 

Pattern Review: V8603 skirt with side ruching.

Pattern: V8603, View A
Size: Size 6
Fabric: 1.0m polyester from The Fabric Store
Notions: Dress Zipper 8", Gutermann thread (000),  0.5m whisperweft interfacing.
    • omitted the lower back gather,
    • unlined,
    • shortened skirt by 15cm,
    • 3cm hem
Time: I can't remember :/
Cost: About $8 for fabric and zipper.

Now that I got this UFO out of the way, I can focus on my jersey mission, full post on that next week after I make some more progress at class.

Next week is the last week of term. Already! I swear it feels like I've been tracing and cutting this Burda nightmare all term! Last class I finally started sewing.

Also need to finish off my M5850 UFO. All I need to do is top stitch the bodice and sew a hook and eye. So lazy.

Last week I had a business trip to Albury, you could say it was "interstate" but I was only *just* over the border of NSW haha. I was a guest at the Regional Housing Awards. I was going to wear my handmade LBD which I made when I first started sewing so it's not the best hand made dress, also it is made from poplin so it's clingy. Luckily I packed a back up dress because when I got to Albury and unpacked, my LBD was as wrinkly as an elephant. Wah!

I wore my M5845 with full circle skirt instead. It looked great and a much better choice than the poplin LBD.

After wearing that dress on Friday night I fell in love with the M5845 all over again! I am planning on making this exact same dress, full circle skirt and all, in a cranberry fabric (delustered satin maybe?) to wear to the next round of Housing Awards in Melbourne.

I'm wondering if delustered satin has enough drape so that the circle skirt will hang nicely. We shall see! I am really in love with full circle skirts :D

Thanks for reading :D
Till next week...


  1. Check you and your hand picked zipper out! Your skirt looks fab (as always) and I'm the clutch is fab!

    1. Thanks Amanda :D I'm really enjoying the handpicking process, relaxing and I feel in control. It also takes away that anxiety and fear associated with invisible zippers breaking! Grr!!

  2. Sheesh, your outfits are always so hot! The clutch is way cute, and the skirt is awesome!

    1. Thanks babe hehe, I love the clutch! I'm going to find more fabric and get more custom made for me, she's a talented lady my friend!

  3. Oh I love your dress! I'm writing down that pattern number and I hope I can find it because I think it would be an adorable bridesmaids dress! I need to make a green one for my brother's wedding. Thanks for the inspiration!

    1. The M5845? It's out of print but you can probably get it from BMV which is where I got it from. It's a very versatile pattern and I have been able to make make dresses using the same bodice, with slight modifications. It's my all time fav pattern <3
      Looking forward to seeing your green dress, i LOVE green :D

  4. your work is great.......

    1. Hey Dorraine! Thanks for sharing your blog with me, your blog is fantastic!
      You look so hot with your new short hair cut! Your designs are great and I look forward to seeing more posts :D

  5. OMG what an awesome pic of your Dad, lol!
    I don't think matching the clutch and the garment would be too matchy-matchy :) Follow in your Father's footsteps, lol!
    It looks great :) And your hair is beautiful ):)

    1. How cool is that pic of my dad hey!! I have heaps more, I'm thinking about doing a non-sewing post of all the old photos of my parents. My dad looks funny in most of them but my mum looks stunning, her dresses are gorgeous!

  6. Oh man, old dad pictures are the best! That is some pretty epic retro fashion he's rocking there.

    And your skirt looks awesome! Very chic and glam, especially with the top you chose to pair it with.

  7. Haha @ your dad! Was this pic taken in Victoria?

    Love your skirt!


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