Monday, July 20, 2015

Vogue 8997 - Mood Fabrics' Abstract Jersey

Did you all hear me shouting for joy on Saturday?  I made it to my sewing room, a day late for a new dress for a dear friend's daughter's wedding but 13 days early for my dress for Kaitlyn's rehearsal.
I love this pop of red color on this Mood Fabrics' knit and the pattern is Vogue 8997, which is a custom fit pattern with A,B,C and D cup pattern pieces
Girls in the Garden -Vogue 8997 fro Mood Fabrics' Abstract Jersey



I had planned on making View B but once again I did not have enough fabric, so View E was my choice.  

I made several changes since my fabric is knit and not one of the recommended fabrics:
Linen Blends, Crepe, Tropical Wool, Broadcloth

I will just list the changes
  • I eliminated the center front seam on the bodice and skirt front, I did not want those pieces interrupted by a seam
  • In these mulit-cup patterns I do better going up a size and using the B cup pattern piece.  I made a 14B, when in Vogue I usually make a 12
  • Since my jersey had lots of 4-way stretch, I went with a 12 at the shoulder seams, raising the front neckline a bit
  • I turned under the seam allowance for the neck and armscye.  Probably should of added some clear elastic to the neckline to prevent gapping.
  • At the v-neck I added stay-stitching at 1/2" and clipped the v-neck to this stay-stitching for easier turning
  • I tapered the front princess seams at the arms to get a closer fit.
  • the back was very big, I took in the CB by 1/2" at the top to 3/4" at the waist.  The princess seams were taken in 1/2" at the waist
  • I had planned on lining the bodice piece but after so many changes while making the bodice, I passed on the lining.  I really wasn't sure what size my back pieces were!
  • I added 1" to the bodice (see last photo for more details)
  • I had to taper the derriere area at the princess seams for a more flat bottom
  • I did not add any length the the skirt part and ended up taking off 2"
  • Eliminated the zipper, the knit goes on easy.

Girls in the Garden -Vogue 8997 fro Mood Fabrics' Abstract Jersey


Here are a couple of photos of the back, I am so pleased with the fit.
Girls in the Garden -Vogue 8997 fro Mood Fabrics' Abstract Jersey
Girls in the Garden -Vogue 8997 fro Mood Fabrics' Abstract Jersey


 I think the flared skirt would be super cute in this pattern and more forgiving in the middle.  I am holding the stomach in and wearing my Spanx!  This fabric is a viscose jersey and I looked up visose:
Viscose is both a semi-synthetic fabric formerly called viscose rayon or rayon

So makes perfect sense with the cling factor, that rayon just loves to cling.

Yes, my eyes are closed in this picture but I like my hair and the dress, so you get to see this photo, too!  Ha ha!


Girls in the Garden -Vogue 8997 fro Mood Fabrics' Abstract Jersey

A side view

Girls in the Garden -Vogue 8997 fro Mood Fabrics' Abstract Jersey

 I added 1 inch to the front and back bodice and I wanted you to see where that raised waistline hits. The arrow points right to the highest seam point.


I love my new dress and it will be perfect for the outdoor rehearsal on the 31st.  If it keeps raining, my shoes will be wedges, all these heels did was sink into the grass.
Want another fabulous outfit from this fabric?  Check out Erica's jumpsuit.
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46 comments:

  1. Very pretty! Did you make your MOB outfit too?

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    1. Thanks, Marianne, No my MOB is RTW

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  2. You look wonderful!

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  3. This is a stunning dress, Lori.

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    1. Thanks, Rose, it is one of those that sure makes you feel good.

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  4. Great fitting job on a beautiful dress !

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    1. Thanks, Mary Ellen, it was a good fit-as-you go dress.

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    1. thanks so much, Sigrid

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  6. It's so so pretty!!! The color and the texture of the print is so vibrant. What a smashing dress for the wedding.

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    1. Thanks, Elizabeth I really like this one and it has been approved by the bride.

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  7. Beautiful dress! Love the colour!

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    1. Thank you, Joan, I seem to making alot of red - just finished 3 tops all in shades of red.

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  8. That looks great on you! Wonderful job on it.

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    1. Thanks so much, Stacy.

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  9. Great dress! Love the fabric and it looks so nice on you!

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    1. thank you, Mary Sarah, I love it and all these nice comments are wonderful and deeply appreciated.

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  10. Very pretty - perfect for a summer rehearsal dinner! Also, I love your flowers:)

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    1. Thank you, Angela, the 10 day forecast is saying 82 to 88, fingers crossed. It has been over 100 with heat index.

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  11. That looks great! You did a wonderful job!

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  12. I love that dress! It is beautiful and so flattering on you!

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    1. Thanks so much, Lynn.

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  13. Great dress Lori and oh I love that fabric!

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    1. thanks, Faye, the fabric feels incredible.

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  14. The dress is just beautiful. It fits you quite nicely. You look beautiful!

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    1. Thank you so much, Tomasa

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  15. fantastic dress, I love it and that fabric is fantastic. what a great fit. I bought that pattern a while ago - will have to get to it one of these day.

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    1. thank you so much, Beth. You will make an incredible dress from this pattern, can't wait to see it.

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  16. That is a gorgeous dress! I like the fabric color and design which is perfect for this dress.

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    1. thank you, Linda, it is great fabric.

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  17. This is beautiful on you, Lori! Enjoy the upcoming festivities!

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    1. Thank you, Ann, I cannot believe how quickly the date has gotten here.

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  18. Gorgeous dress. The fit is perfect.

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    1. Thanks, Gail. Once I got the back fitted, it was pretty easy.

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  19. Beautiful dress and looks fabulous on you.

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    1. Thank you so much, Sheila

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  20. This is beautiful! Congrats to your daughter! I hope you post pics of the wedding. :)

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  21. I saw your pics on IG... absolutely stunning! Congratulations on your daughter's wedding, what a wonderful family day for you all. Sending my very best wishes to the happy couple for a long and joyous life together :)

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