Wednesday, 26 July 2017

Vogue 9239 dress

As many of us are aware, with commercial sewing patterns it's often a good idea to look past the photos on the pattern envelope and pay closer attention to the line drawings, and that's definitely true for Vogue 9239 as far as I'm concerned. While some people would love the oversized and frilled sleeves that are a key feature of most of the views of the dress, they're not really my thing (if nothing else, because I couldn't be trusted not to get them caught on everything or covered in food when cooking or something!). The simplicity of view D, on the other hand, really appealed to me.


Alongside the host of dramatic sleeve options, Vogue 9239 features a fitted, princess seam bodice and a choice of a slim or full panelled skirt. Views A and D omit the sleeves altogether and instead have wide yoke pieces which almost feel slightly like cap sleeves. The shape reminded me a bit of a more everyday version of Simplicity 1418, which I made last year - while I love that dress, the off-the-shoulder look isn't the kind of thing I wear on a daily basis.


I debated a bit about what size to sew given that commercial patterns are notoriously generous in their sizing. Looking at the finished garment measurements, I was pretty sure that the size based on my measurements would be a bit roomy, but the size down might be a bit tight. I decided to toile my actual size (with my standard addition of 1 inch to the bodice length), going with the theory that it's easier to make things smaller than it is to add extra material to make things bigger.


As expected, the toile did turn out to be a little on the spacious side. I took a wedge out of the side seams measuring 2cm at the underarms, tapering in to 1cm at the waist and that greatly improved things. I've decided that I like to have slightly more ease in the waist of dresses when it's warm so I haven't made it overly snug still - it's fitted enough to give shape without making it too clingy in the heat.


I also decided to raise the side seams by 1.5cm at the underarms. As you can see in the photo above, I think if I hadn't done that then the underarms would have been a bit low and there would have been a risk of exposing underwear. Similarly, I brought the neckline in by 1.5cm at the shoulders just to make sure that bra straps wouldn't be too much on show. My final adjustment was to add 5cm to the skirt, which is just a height/length preference thing.


The dress was nice and easy to sew. I admit that I didn't pay too much attention to the instructions - I lined the bodice, but left out the underlining that the pattern calls for (I'm intending this to be a summer dress so I didn't want to add unnecessary layers), and I didn't line the skirt. I also used an invisible zip instead of a lapped one, which meant that I altered the order of the construction steps slightly. On the odd occasion where I did do what the pattern told me though, the instructions were clear and easy to follow.


Having said in my last post that I wanted to have a whole summer wardrobe of tana lawn dresses, this is another one to add to the collection. This time the print is called Eleonora, and it was an ebay bargain (there's currently none available from the seller I got it from). It's a really lovely print, and happily goes perfectly with the greeny bead necklace that I'm wearing here, which I've had for ages and love but have never been sure what to wear it with until now!


I really like how this dress turned out, and I'd definitely think about making another version of Vogue 9239 in the future - although I don't think it'll be happening any time soon because there are too many other plans swirling around in my mind!

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  1. This is just lovely: the shape, the sleeves and print. Totally lovely.

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    1. Thank you Louise! I'm really pleased with it!

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  2. I do like that cap sleeve look and it's lovely looking fabric. Your adjustments look like they worked perfectly ;o)

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    1. Thanks Colette! I think the sleeves are a really pretty shape too!

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  3. This is just lovely. I'd also go for this view with the cap sleeve effect - it's very summery & pretty. The first thing I noticed were your matching beads

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    1. Thank you! It is a lovely summery dress!

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  4. Ooo, this is lovely, and that fabric is gorgeous!

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    1. Thanks Lynne! You can't beat a bit of tana lawn :)

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  5. Oh Likey, like. The fabric is perfect and the skirt shape is so flattering. So much better than gathers. Enjoy wearing it. Jo x

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    1. Thanks Jo! It is a really pretty skirt shape!

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  6. This is gorgeous! The fabric is so pretty, it looks stunning.

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    1. Thank you - I really love the fabric!

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  7. Love this colour on you, Ruth. You definitely need to add more green/teal to your wardrobe! The shape with the little cap sleeves is really flattering too.

    I've just clicked onto the pattern link and those sleeves on view B are hilarious. Weirdly I quite like view F, it could look quite pretty in a drapey fabric, although like yourself I could not trust myself not to get caught on doors. Fluted sleeves or fringe details are too much of a hazard for me. For example, I once set myself on fire (not badly!) over the hob whilst wearing a fringed poncho! Hahaha.

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    1. Thanks Jo! Green's a bit of a funny colour for me - it has to be just the right shade or it makes me look a bit ill! But yes, I should look out for more teal.
      I think the sleeves could look nice in a drapey fabric too, but the one they chose for the sample just seems a bit stiff for the sleeves.
      Oh dear - setting a poncho on fire is exactly the sort of thing I would do! Glad it wasn't serious!

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