Tuesday, July 2, 2013

Vogue 8665 Sweet Summer Dress

Oh, nothing is more unflattering than muslin!  I just made up Vogue  8665 as a muslin for a quick summer dress.  I like the lines, though when I saw the muslin, I am thinking that it looks better if you are that tall and thin!  But I am plunging forward.

I don't like where the princess seams sit, I think they need to be further apart, so I added 1/2 inch to the center piece (am adding it where it is cut on the fold so I don't disturb the lines of the dress) and am much happier.  If it seems like it needs to be nipped in I can do it at the side seam.

Adding the 1/2 inch through off the neckline just a bit and I was happy with the neckline so I am taking up the shoulder/sleeve seam just a 1/4 inch on each side.  Losing that 1/2 inch on the small cap sleeve also tightened it up so it didn't resemble 'wings' which I don't like.  I am making it up in this very light cotton from Sawyerbrook.  The picture doesn't quite show the pretty turquoise color along with the gray and white.  It is too light to be solo so I have ordered white pima cotton and am still trying to decide whether to line it or underline it.  Because there are 6 vertical seams, I thinking underlining might work better?

I'm on hold until my white fabric arrives.  Fingers crossed.  If it comes out well, it will be for DD's bridal shower in August.  I've not done a lot of sewing for myself lately so I'm a bit skittish.  I also tend to avoid fitted things and go for a boxier look but I'm trying to be more versatile!



  1. I like the fitted look on you Fran-you have a great figure. Show it off :-) Can't wait to see this done.

  2. I agree you have the figure to wear a fitted dress and this is a pretty pattern

  3. Good idea to widen the front section - otherwise it looks like a bit of a runway thing happening down the front! This fitted dress will look super on you in this beautiful fabric.