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November 12, 2007

Holiday 2007 – Vogue 8313

Filed under: Embellishment,Fit/Pattern Alterations,Patterns — phyllisc @ 6:27 am

Our company holiday party is at the Westin Copley Place this year, and for the first time in quite a while I need to make something other than sportswear! So after an email consultation with the rest of the Sewing Divas,  I’ve settled on Very Easy Vogue 8313:

I’ll do the 3/4 sleeve version.  The fabric is a deep garnet silk taffeta brocade with a floral border design on the cross grain (a gift from Ann of Gorgeous Fabrics). The floral pattern (about 18 inches deep) will be along the hem and it thins out to scattered floral motifs. I’ll bead the deep-v neckline front and back as well as the sleeves with jet Swarovski crystals in a picot edge.

Maybe, just maybe, and if I’m careful and lucky with the layout, I’ll have enough fabric to do an appliqué seam at the sides – it would be nice to preserve the floral pattern all the way around the hem.  The pattern doesn’t call for a lining, but adding one in black China silk won’t be difficult.

The party is December 14 – it’s  time to get going on a muslin!



  1. Very pretty! I made a ballgown skirt out of a similar taffeta, with a border motif, about six years ago (my first Smithson Gown). I discovered that even the tiniest hand stitch showed on the outside, making it difficult to do an invisible hem. I resorted to using an adhesive (Steam a Seam) to hem the skirt, which worked perfectly and has held up quite well.

    Comment by Welmoed — November 12, 2007 @ 7:36 am

  2. That will be very pretty, Phyllis! I look forward to the muslin and the final dress and hope you’ll share your progress here.

    Comment by Mary Beth — November 12, 2007 @ 8:16 am

  3. That fabric is GORGEOUS!!! That will be beautiful!

    Comment by Adrienne — November 12, 2007 @ 8:46 am

  4. That fabric is beautiful. Can’t wait to see the final dress.

    Comment by Erica B. — November 12, 2007 @ 11:42 am

  5. Should be stunning. I can’t wait to see the finished dress.

    Comment by Nancy — November 12, 2007 @ 2:09 pm

  6. A (black) silk organza interlining will solve any problems with stitching showing on the outside. I am so looking forward to the final dress, it will be fabulous! Yum!

    Comment by Georgene — November 12, 2007 @ 10:24 pm

  7. Now that will be one beautiful dress!!

    Comment by Vicki — November 13, 2007 @ 4:45 am

  8. Your dress will be stunning, looking forward to see the progress and the final dress.

    Comment by Els — November 13, 2007 @ 6:07 pm

  9. It was love at first sight with this pattern – and your fabric is fabulous! I’m really looking forward to reading about your adventures with this one.

    Comment by Robyn — November 15, 2007 @ 8:40 pm

  10. I love both the fabric and the pattern! This is going to be an awesome dress!

    Comment by Carolyn — November 17, 2007 @ 11:40 am

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  12. I can’t wait to see the final outcome! The fabric is spectacular!

    Comment by Tany — November 19, 2007 @ 9:08 am

  13. I luv this pattern and think your fabric is fantastic! I had technical trouble with this pattern at the back where the top of the zipper ended in the V and never did look tidy. Can you provide any tips please? Thanks for sharing your talent!

    Comment by Karen Kennedy — November 21, 2007 @ 2:41 am

  14. Karen, that’s a good point and I digressed from the pattern instructions because I didn’t like the idea of sewing a circular seam to join the upper bodice to the skirt for just this reason. The first thing to do is mark the seemlines on both the lower bodice and each of the four upper bodice pieces at the intersection points so that you can overlap them perfectly. I also sewed the upper bodice pieces to the lower bodice front and back, and then stitched each side seam from hem up to the underarm and sleeve in one pass.

    Comment by phyllisc — November 22, 2007 @ 11:08 am

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