I have just reviewed V 8876 and posted it on PatternReview. Besides directing you to my review (so you can read and enjoy), I also want to let you know that what I write here is NOT the same as a pattern review. I want to talk about the process of making this dress, and some of my disappointments and successes. PR has become such a busy spot in the digital universe that I have decided to be a bit more businesslike there. Lucky you, dear reader, as that means you benefit from my innermost thoughts here.
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When I first saw this design, I knew I would make the dress. I loved the shape and the collar, which can be worn up or down.
Constructing the dress was not overly difficult, but it did take concentration to keep track of 12 pattern pieces, and 25 fabric pieces for the dress and lining/facings. All the pieces line up well, and the markings are good. I did lose a marking somewhere-I cannot even remember what piece it was. Didn't matter as everything fit together like a well made jigsaw puzzle!
I sewed this dress during a very emotional time, and while depression was knocking on my back door. I would work on it, and then worry a bit about the style. Was it right for me? Did I choose good fabric? What will others think? Gah!!!!! I am well acquainted with depression, being one of those people who have had it since childhood. It is almost a friend to me, leading me into behaviors that are helpful. Like labeling all those pattern pieces, and laying out the front and the back to be sure I had every piece needed. Depression also helped me by making me sloooowww down and take my time. I'd love to be the first PR member to review a new design...but that is unlikely and this was no exception. I think I'm #5. Good enough.
Depression, and some of the antidepressants available, make people spacy. That's me at my worst now. In the past, I was very "off" but now I usually skate through those times and engage with life later on. As I sewed V 8876, I got confused at times. Like how the hell do I attach this zipper? I know how to do it on a casual jacket...how do you do it on a dress? The directions STILL seem odd to me. Basically, fold on fold line and then turn raw edge 1/4" under. HERE you are asked to baste, and then flip it over and stitch close to basting. Then, you attach one side of the zipper. This means there will be three lines of stitching. Remove basting, and now you have two. Isn't there a nicer way to do this? Vogue, could you have added a separate facing for the zipper so the stitching would be hidden?
The yoke and its lining was a similar mental problem. I could see how it was to be constructed but it would leave areas that needed slip stitching. Come on Vogue!! You can do better. I used the "burrito method" and was as happy as I could be while swimming through depression.
The band at the bottom of the dress is really cool. The wider part is attached to the dress and the more narrow angles inward at the hem. Very interesting...and very hard to hand sew. I didn't even try to read their directions but just sewed away with my needle and thread.
Sizing-a whole 'nother story. This is a wide dress. I cut a size smaller than normal and still have room for another of me in there. The bodice fits loosely, and the rest is just a cute little tent of a dress. In fact, this dress is very similar to an orange pink paisley tent dress I had in 1969.
I love this summer dress and will wear it happily. I don't think it is a style that will take off, but will appeal to a group of women who want comfort and some quirky style on a hot day. What could be better than that?