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Vogue 8787 Stripiness

Please be warned that there are many stipes in this post.  If stripes tend to make your eyes go all wonky, you might want to look away, or pause to make an eclipse box:


Ta-da!  I finished off my striped version of Vogue 8787!

I must say that I'm quite pleased with how this turned out.  The fabric (still available) is one of the pieces that I received in the great birthday haul from  It's a ponte knit and is so deliciously soft and cozy.  I lined the dress in a knit tricot lining (also purchased form 

It was a little fiddly to work with but I am happy for the extra warmth as this will make a nice transition dress for spring/fall. 

Alterations made to the pattern: I made a narrow back alteration and a sloped shoulder alteration after seeing how the muslin turned out (you can read about the process here and here).  There's still a little gap in the back neck area and I think this is due to an upper back slope - next time I'll increased the back darts more and extend the shoulder so that it still matches with the front at the shoulder seam.  I took in the side seams in the skirt by 3/8" on each side (for a total of 1.5") to account for my nonexistant hips.  I took about 2" off the length. 

I did away with the cap sleeves since they don't suit my shape.  And I thought long and hard about stripe placement . . . and then entirely forgot to match the stripes above and below the midriff band in the back.  Jeez.

I made one ridiculous mistake when I put in the zipper.  The first part went in nicely and after carefully matching up the midriff seams across the zipper and putting in the second side, I realized one of my shoulders was twisted and I had to take out the zipper and put it in again (after going to bed as this was a sure sign that I had sewn past competence). 

I got to wear it out on Saturday when I met up with a group of Chicago sewing bloggers (pictures to come).  Now I think I need a nice black ponte knit cardigan to go with it as a kind of spring jacket.  Maybe McCall's 6408 . . .

Next up?  I'm working on some peplum tops for myself and a chambray skirt for a client.  Then it's on to Elisalex which arrived in the mail last week - I am so excited for this dress!!
10 comments on "Vogue 8787 Stripiness"
  1. Love the dress on stripes. Really sets off the design.

  2. that is one smoking dress!! Great job.

  3. Beautiful dress! I love the stripe placement. It's perfect!

  4. You know I love this dress! Glad to see a photo of the back though - you really did a great job with getting a good fit back there.

  5. Great job! Love the different direction of the stripes. New follower here btw: feel free to pass by my blog,, and my instagram: @reynalay


  6. It was so nice to meet you at the meet-up! The dress is gorgeous here and in person. I love the stripes.

  7. I love this - inspired use of stripes!