Vogue 8728: True Love

by Erin on July 27, 2011

I posted about Vogue 8728 a couple of weeks ago:

  Vogue_8728_June2011

And since then I've actually made it up. (Twice, but I only have one photographed.)

Vogue 8728

Here's a better view of the bodice: 

Bodice_Vogue8728

And the neck binding/gathers: 

Gathers_Vogue8728

And the zipper (not the best job I've ever done, but serviceable):

Zipper_Vogue8728

And the back view:

Back_vogue8728

And the inside of the midriff, which I underlined in silk organza to give it a little strength & anti-wrinkle mojo:

Innerwaist_Vogue8728

So: pattern notes. The gathers will make you look bustier than you are; decide whether this is a bug or a feature and act accordingly. This one is cut one size smaller in the neckline, but for the second version, I ended up cutting two sizes down in the shoulder/neck — either the neckline is very wide, or my shoulders are narrow, not sure which. I did a four-inch hem (folded two inches, folded again, blindstitched on the machine) because this voile fabric is so lightweight that you need a heavy hem to make it hang right … and it turned out to be the right length.

Oh, and I added pockets.

This dress is really fun to wear; it's light and airy and goes well with sneakers and with sandals, and it is PERFECT for Liberty Tana Lawn (I made a second one in Tana Lawn that I haven't photographed yet). The gathers would be trickier in heavier fabric — I think even quilting cotton would be too stiff. (I've also cut one out in dotted Swiss; we'll see how that goes.)

I've seriously had this flower fabric for one kajillion years, and probably part of my joy in finding this pattern is that it will work for several OTHER pieces of fabric of roughly the same geological era — all of which were too beautiful not to purchase, but too lightweight to make into shirtdresses. I feel so justified moving them all to California now … 

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