Monday, July 08, 2013

Vogue 8184...again


I have been gone a while as I have had much decorating to do, including huge curtains to sew.  I really intensely dislike making curtains but the feeling of achievement when they're finished (not to mention the relief) makes it worth it!

Thank you for your comments on my tartan Elisalex.  I really enjoyed making that dress (and wearing it).

I made this latest version of Vogue 8184 back in March and then forgot about it, and Saturday was the first time I'd worn it, the British weather being what it is.  It's made from quilting cotton, as indeed are all my other versions of this pattern.  I feel that the fabric, along with the boning (or in my case, plastic rigilene), gives much needed structure to the bodice.  All my versions also have self-lined bodices.

What can I say about this that I haven't said before!  I do love this pattern; it fits me perfectly with no alterations, it's fitted without being uncomfortable.  In fact it's very comfortable.  And it's such a quick make as well.  It might be strapless (something I didn't think I would wear much), but it's a definite wardrobe staple for me, for summer.  I could happily live in these dresses and probably will.

One thing, and it's my own mistake: having spent ages choosing which planets to put where, I didn't notice that I had doubled up on the ringed planet at the waistline until the dress was made, and now it drives me mad.  Oh well, hopefully I have learnt to be more careful in future.



  1. Hello Alice! So glad to see you are back! And with finished courtains... I hate those too!
    But your dress is fantastic! Look at all those planets! You are going to hear a lot of compliments for this one, I´m sure!
    Lovely. And the fit is so good!
    Please keep the fine weather stable, I´ll be in London with my daughter and mom in the second week of August. First time abroad for my little one!

    1. Thank you so much! I've already worn this dress a lot.

      The weather is still absolutely meltingly hot! Apparently it's set to continue for a while. Second week of August? I don't know if we'll be that lucky! I hope so. Actually, I need it to last for about four or five weeks (no hope!) because we are going to St Ives in Cornwall at the end of August, although Cornwall is brilliant in the stormy, rainy, gloomy weather too. London, in my opinion, is lovely in the sunshine (I am only forty-five minutes from the West End).

      I hope you all have a fab time here. My son has never been abroad, and he's getting crosser and crosser about it!

  2. I love this dress and only you notice the wayward planet. It's perfect for this heat. I'm in the north and it's bad enough. I was in London on Friday positively melting into a little puddle! Not pretty.

    1. Thank you Evie. Even I have stopped noticing the weird matching/not matching!

      Have you melted completely away by now? We have had 29/30C for quite a while now.

  3. lovely dress...out of this world...

  4. SPACE Fabric!!!!! Ahhhh..........thunk. I just passed out from joy, i love this dress and, of course, in this fabric!! I made a skirt for a David Bowie sewalong in a ....wait for it....glow in the dark space fabric!!!! Here is the link if u want to see it, fellow space fabric lover! :)

    1. Thanks!

      I visited your blog. You've made some fab stuff, and I love your space fabric - I have never seen any like it before. Really cool!