Monday, July 26, 2010

Vogue 2900

A dress that was previously mentioned about the pattern.
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I sewed the Vogue dress, 2900 in a very stiff fabric.
I fell in love with this print instantly when I saw it for the first time on the dark corner of a small shop which was filled with many mysterious and miscellaneous goods and clutters from all over the world. I didn't know what to do with this African wax printed fabric, but I had to bring it home with me.

I wore it on the last Saturday when I went to Tokyo to meet my friends, and I got quite a lot of compliments from them. I had a few unexpected compliments from strangers(!) while shopping on the day too. I think I have to be very thankful to Vogue Patterns!

Have a good week!

Pattern Description:
Dresses A, B have bodice with angled seams, yoke and side front pockets, invisible zipper closing. A: edgestitch finishing. B: ribbon trim finishing. A, B: flared skirt with narrow hem. I chose style B, but sewed without ribbon trim finishing.

Pattern Sizing:
A(6-8-10), D(12-14-16), FW(18-20-22)
I used size8. According to the size chart I should have made size12, however, thanks to the previous reviews I was brave to cut in two sizes smaller, and it was absolutely successful. Considering that I tend to like narrower ease on most dresses, I think its size12 was too big to my measurements generally.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, I think very much so, if it was without some adjustments I did to this dress.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes. I sewed it in my way though. I like installing invisible zippers in the earlier step than the last step that was suggested in the instructions.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the bias cut of the big skirt as well as the sharp image of the bodice. I don't have particular dislikes in the style, however, I think I can say that I am not fond of having a zipper on the back of my dress. It's just a very personal preference and I placed it on the side of this dress, and it was no problem at all.

Fabric Used:
Plain cotton, African wax printed. It was a very stiff fabric, that was one of the reasons I wanted to cut it in bias.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
I have put the invisible zipper on the left side, instead of putting it in the back. I cut Bodice Back(4), Back Neck Facing(10), Skirt Front(12), Skirt Back(17), Yoke Back(19) and Yoke Front B(20) "on fold". I also shortened the bodice an inch and took 1.5 inches from the waistline. The reason I shortened the bodice was not that it was too long to my torso, but that I liked to raise the waist slightly higher than it was originally supposed to be.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes, I am already planning the next one!

I love the dress! I got this African wax printed fabric, and it has grown in my mind that the fabric would make a pretty dress since then. Although it was a bit difficult and time-taking for me to match this print pattern on the bodice parts, especially in biased grain, the bias cut of the dress pattern helped a lot to get a nice fit from the stiff fabric, and I am very pleased with the result. I can recommend the pattern if you'd love a summery pretty sporty dress!



  1. I've been eyeing up this pattern for a while now and you've convinced me it needs to go on my wish list.

    This dress is beautiful. Thank you for the inspiration.

  2. Great fabric choice fot this pattern. You look stunning in your dress!

  3. Excellent pairing of fabric with pattern. I am impressed by your ability to move the zipper; it might have been a little over my head to figure that out! I can see why even strangers were complimenting you on the wonderful total look!

  4. It look amazing! That fabric is a gorgeous choice! Your pattern changes work really well, especially with the print. Lovely!

  5. I can see why you were attracted to the fabric. It is just beautiful. The pattern for the dress has great lines too! Another fantastic creation for you!

  6. It is an amazing dress on you!! Perfectly made and attractive! I can see why you received the compliments!

  7. I love your dress. It doesn't look like something you would find at your average dress shop. Thanks for the out and about shots. It's nice to see different places.

  8. It's GORGEOUS! I have this pattern in my stash - it looks sooo pretty on you...

  9. What a gorgeous dress - I just love it! Well done.

  10. Cute dress! Love the print and it looks so nice on you!

  11. OMGosh what an awesome review and an awesome dress. I am definitely going to try the zipper on the side installation. I am not good with zippers in the back.

  12. That is a lovely dress! (From my experience with African wax printed fabric, it softens incredibly after a wash... if you have any scraps left, wash those, to see what effects the wash will have?)

  13. Yoshimi, this is absolutely stunning! You make the most beautiful things--and your blog posts are so well written. You give me hope for blogger-seamstresses everywhere.

  14. This dress looks beautiful Yoshimi! I don't think I would be able to leave the shop without that fabric either!

  15. Beautiful dress Yoshimi! I really love the style of this pattern and the fabric you chose work perfectly together! Wonderful job!

  16. It's a beautiful dress! I love the fabric (I love purple) and the shape. The large print looks really great on this dress.

  17. I found this pattern yesterday in the world wide web :-) And now i see your version. Very beautiful.
    Regards from Germany


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