I thought I’d blog about this pattern differently than normal, many more details and information.

The pattern is as stated Vogue V9252.


The fabric is a rayon type that I picked up on my Minnesota trip last summer.  I bought the fabric at one of my favorite warehouse fabric stores in Brooklyn Park, MN.  The white lining was picked up at my local Joann Fabrics.


The first step was to trace the size I wanted to avoid cutting my pattern to an erroneous size.  Next I cut out the bodice pieces using an old bed sheet.  I’ve started saving them to use for muslins since they are free and I don’t think many people want my used bedsheets.  I’m assuming donating them only lands them in the landfill.


I was instantly happy with the fit and decided to go with the original pattern.  I added two inches to the length.  I assumed this would be no issue but it turned out to be with the back side pieces and I had to do a little fudging to get it cut out.  We will see if this was a critical error in drape soon.


Once the pieces were cut construction began.  Here is the bodice constructed and the skirt partially so.  I like seeing if the vision is being met or going horribly wrong.


So far so good.  I’m doing the back seam differently than it calls for because I think it’s easier to finish after the zipper is in, that way I don’t have to tear it out if there is any discrepancy between the sides.

The bodice and the skirt are not lining up at each of the seams and I’m currently debating if I’m going to leave it or adjust the seams so that they line up perfectly.  I’m left with about 3/4 inch extra on each side of the bust.  I opted to take apart the seams at the pockets to gain back about 1/2 inch on each side.

The front seams are lined up perfectly and the side and back seams are close.  I decided close was better than torturing myself to get to perfect and the fabric is delicate so ripping seams is a risky business.

Next up, adjusting the top of the bodice.  There was a little extra fabric over each breast that was unsightly.

Before and after . . .

The zipper, lining and straps are attached.  The hem, hand sewing and pressing are all that remains of this make.  Well, one more thing.  I need to rip and fix the spot on the back where I caught the zipper in the seam.  Whoops!


Are you ready to see the finished product?!?!?!  I am.


I’m in love and need to go somewhere fancy immediately!!!!

One year after buying the fabric it’s found it’s home in this beautiful dress.  Some projects are total failures and some projects are successes, but occasionally they turn out way better than expected and blow away your expectations.  This dress is a 10 out of 10 for me on how it turned out.  I can’t wait to see where I wear it AND my next project is the Burnside bibs from Sew House Seven.  I cut it out and it’s ready to go.  I think I’ll blog as I go on the construction just like I did with this one.  What do you think, is more detail better?  Do you like more info about patterns and construction or just more pictures and the quick overview?




Written by sewsanityblog

I'm a mom to five, a wife to one and love sewing. I learned when I was a little girl but returned to it in full force in the last couple of years. The process of creating things keeps me sane. I set a lofty goal for myself, one project a week for a year. I'm four months in and it's awesome. I'm amazed at how much I've learned and improved. Set a goal to learn something new and devote weekly time to it. You will be amazed at the results.

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