Friday, July 10, 2009

Pattern Review - Vogue 8511

I am shamelessly pinching this post from here. But I have the lovely Liesl's permission and for that I thank her. I've seen this dress in the flesh and I can vouch for the 'so chic' factor. Working alongside Liesl frocked up in this number, it would be fair to say that I felt more than a little dowdy. The fabric she used is Tessuti's Taka Bubble Fruit, 100% cotton, and selling fast.

Liesl says this of her new favourite LBD...

What? You can't expect me to be working at Tessuti and not be making up dresses in their gorgeous fabric, now can you?

Project Details
Pattern: Vogue 8511, view B
Fabric: 1.8 metres Japanese Cotton Print from Tessuti Fabrics (141 Flinders Lane, Melbourne), bodice lined with orange rayon lining
Notions: 22" zipper, hook and eye

This would have to easily be my pattern of the year. Hands down, no competition whatsoever. I loved making this dress, and love wearing it even more. It's so comfy, yet so chic! I feel very French whenever I wear it, which is just the most awesome feeling! But what's even more awesome is the amount of compliments I get whenever I wear it. This dress is a hit!

Even better than the dress is the fabric. The cotton was an absolute dream to work with. In fact, I can't remember the last time I had so much fun making a dress. To save it from becoming a bit too twee, I added my own special touch: I put in an open-ended jacket zipper, to give the dress a slight 'rock' edge, and it definitely makes an impact.

So, it's a big 10 out of 10 from me. The pattern was challenging enough to keep me from being bored, without becoming too much of a stress. The front skirt has some nifty side pleats, with a box pleat in the middle (fun!), and some darts in the back. I love doing darts! It really is a wonderfully versatile pattern - you can easily make a whole range of dresses, ranging from simple and classic to bold and crazy, depending upon fabric choices and skirt length. In fact, my next project will be making use of this pattern again, but let me assure you, the dresses could not be any more different! Watch this space!

Thanks Liesl!

L x


  1. Awesome! I love this so much that I might just pick up some fabric and the pattern on my way home & get sewing... This fabric is just perfect for this dress!

  2. That is just divine! I just snapped up some of this fabric myself at the Surry Hills store and was after an A-line skirt pattern to use but this is very tempting too ... ;)

  3. What a great dress and timely post!
    I was just about to give this pattern away but I think that I had better hang on to it now!

  4. Lovely dress and has inspired me to have a go too! How did you find the sizing as I'm normally a UK size 8 on top and size 10 on bottom and getting confused with the measurements!


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