Vogue 8825: Royal Blue and Gold Silk Jersey

6 Nov

After my Purple Friday dress, it feels great to return to my bold and graphic print roots!

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But, let me tell you. This was the slowest silk sewing, evah. Let me splain you.

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I first saw this silk jersey material in store at Mood Fabrics back in August. I hemmed and hawed and finally placed a phone order in October (now sold out).  I loved the blue and gold because they are my sorority colors and I knew I could get some good wear out of it during graduate chapter and regional meetings. Since the silk was just 45″ wide, I bought five yards at $25 a yard. I seriously debated the investment (hence the two month wait to purchase). But, both Trena and Liz pointed out a similar RTW dress would easily be twice as much.

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This is my second time sewing with silk jersey. This Prarie NY silk jersey presented some new challenges for me. The fabric was ‘tough’ in that even when pinning, I had trouble penetrating the material. I knew silk was strong (silk thread for buttonholes, silk organza for stablising, etc.). But, my serger  just wanted to eat this material. I tried both stretch and ball point needles and my overlocker was having none of it. My sewing machine was punching holes through the jersey I wanted to cry. I think I may have a little.

I posted on Facebook and had some superhelpful responses. I went out and bought microtex and titanium needles upon the suggestions of the Interwebs. Both sewed through the silk like a knife through butter. It’s my first time experiencing this challange. But, again, only my second time with silk jersey.

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I did a little handtacking of the collar to keep it in place. In a similar dress to this from Burda, there is interfacing throughout the facing and collar. I think this is a better way to stabilise the front.Photobucket

I took two inches off the bottom and decided not to ‘finish’ the hem. I made my usual alterations of a slight FBA and a big swayback adjustment. I sewed a 12 and the fit seems to be good. I am very self conscious about my lower thighs (saddlebags), so a slip is needed for me when I wear this dress.  Photobucket

The puzzle print is pretty bold. And, for a hot second I thought about trying to match the motif. But, decided not to bother.

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There is some mirroring on the upper back. Trust me, I can live with it.

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The skirt could probably be cut on the fold, but for my swayback adjustment purposes, I like a center back seam.

If you see my cuffs, they are folded under toward the inside. On PatternReview.com I read some people took length out of the sleeves.

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I thought the length of the sleeve was fine, but the cuff wide for my taste. So, I’m folding it back.

Have I mentioned my mom *hates* sashes on me? She calls them ‘that fabric in front of you hanging from your waist’. HAHAHA! She cracks me up.

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Overall, I’m thrilled. This dress is *so* me.  It’s body conscious without being tarty, the bold print, the shape of the skirt, the full sleeves. The silk. Man, the silk. I want to have a work week of silk jersey dresses. It’s so luxe.  I love that I’m wearing a dress that would start at retail around $300.  Absolutely worth the investment.

The material for this dress was purchased in part using an allowance from Mood Fabrics for the Mood Sewing Network.

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56 Responses to “Vogue 8825: Royal Blue and Gold Silk Jersey”

  1. girlguydogcat November 6, 2012 at 10:20 #

    This is beautiful! I’ve added this pattern to my ‘to make’ list! And, I just got a box of knits in the mail (though not silk…). Love it.

  2. Toby Wollin November 6, 2012 at 10:20 #

    OMG – that dress just looks fantastic – so you and looks GREAT. And the needle recommendations are something I just wrote down on a sticky, too.

  3. Tanika D. November 6, 2012 at 10:23 #

    You look amazing in these pictures! And that dress makes your bod look HAWT!!! Girl, I am jealous. You make me wanna get out on the exercise floor and do some crunches!

  4. Elizabeth November 6, 2012 at 10:32 #

    OMG, so gorgeous. I’m glad you were able to work out the problems with your needles. It was so worth it!

  5. New Ribena November 6, 2012 at 10:36 #

    Your dress looks great…isn’t silk jersey just the most delightful fabric ever. I have that pattern prepped and ready to sew. You have just given me the final encouragement needed.

  6. smonakey November 6, 2012 at 10:39 #

    Truly gorgeous dress, Cidell! The colors, the fit, everything about it looks fantastic on you.

  7. lisette November 6, 2012 at 10:41 #

    So gorgeous! I loved this pattern as soon as I saw it and bought when it first went on sale. Now I know what I’m making as soon as theater sewing is done!

  8. Colleen P. November 6, 2012 at 10:49 #

    Oh that dress is GAWJUS on you! Really flattering cut and shape (yes, even the fabric that hangs down in front! LOL!). I am making notes for the Titanium and microtex needles as well.

  9. Katrina Blanchalle November 6, 2012 at 10:52 #

    Beautiful! It fits so perfectly, and I couldn’t think of a better match of fabric and pattern. Thank you for sharing your experience with the silk jersey – I will definitely get a few of those needles before I try sewing on it.

  10. Leanne November 6, 2012 at 10:54 #

    Bee-U-tee-full! Love the colors and the pattern.
    I just bought some 4ply silk to make mother of bride dress, spending more per yard than I ever have. But the feel of silk! You’re right on that point! Thanks for mentioning the needle issue. I’ll have to test out my usual sharp points to see if I have a similar problem.

  11. julinhappyhomemakerredux November 6, 2012 at 10:55 #

    The dress looks wonderful on you, sash and all! I wouldn’t even have the courage to cut into silk jersey.

  12. Ilse Moore November 6, 2012 at 10:57 #

    The dress looks lovely on you. Great job. And I love the colors!!

  13. Teri November 6, 2012 at 10:58 #

    What a great looking dress. Just pinned the pattern so I won’t forget it. Love the print, love the dress. Looks great on you.

  14. Margo November 6, 2012 at 11:00 #

    Wow, what a beautiful dress. I think it looks just wonderful on you, and I love the neckline and the sash! Mmm, now I want to try some silk jersey…

  15. Darci Doodle November 6, 2012 at 11:10 #

    You look amazing, Cidell! I bet that silk feels amazing next to your skin, too!

  16. Ann November 6, 2012 at 11:16 #

    I’ve read your blog for years, and today I must comment! That dress is amazing on you! Thanks for the good tips about needles. I’ve let my sewing slide, but now I am re-energized.

  17. June November 6, 2012 at 11:30 #

    The bold print suits you so well! I like sashes, although I typically tie them to 1 side, rather than straight down. Hope your basement is all dried out now.

  18. T. Sedai November 6, 2012 at 11:36 #

    So pretty! You look great in such bold fabric. And the pattern is a fantastic choice for it. I love the sleeves.

  19. LLADYBIRD November 6, 2012 at 11:50 #

    You look AMAZING! Love everything about this dress – especially that gorgeous, bold fabric. So perfect on you!

  20. kathleen November 6, 2012 at 11:56 #

    So Pretty!! You look mahvelous!

  21. mrsmole November 6, 2012 at 12:04 #

    Looks more like a $500 for sure! You are radiant and all your skill paid off!!!!!

  22. Katie November 6, 2012 at 12:17 #

    Looks amazing! I love the bold colors! Looks more than $300 to me!

  23. Tia Dia November 6, 2012 at 12:36 #

    LOVE! This dress is in my queue, albeit in a more subdued poly knit (that I may loathe wearing – we’ll see), and it’s great to see such a beautiful rendition of the design.

  24. Wendy November 6, 2012 at 12:44 #

    Stunning dress, it looks so good on you. I’ve added that pattern to my wish list – gorgeous!

  25. Debra November 6, 2012 at 13:16 #

    Your dress is amazing. You look beautiful in it! Thank you for being such an inspiration!

  26. LinB November 6, 2012 at 13:41 #

    Ooh la la! The shape is wonderful on you! I like the big, bold print — agree that trying to pattern match at the seams would have brought on fits of insanity. You could always wrap the sash to tie at the back: my sway-backed mother and I often do that. A bow or knot fits neatly into the “sway,” and accentuates our generous bottoms. (Might as well flaunt what you cannot hide, say we.) ((“Generous bottom” is a technical term, from an article in a 1980s Psychology Today magazine that illustrated nine basic bottom types. I kid you not.))

  27. Irene B. November 6, 2012 at 14:33 #

    I LOVE this dress, both pattern and fabric/colours. Man, I LOVE it!

  28. lakaribane November 6, 2012 at 14:36 #

    Love it! Great colors on you and the shape at midriff is so flattering to your waist, OMG!

    And I guess the blog makeover is because of sports team too. Purple is my favorite color, so I am not complaining AT ALL!!!

    You look so good in it, I want one too! In fact, I actually have this pattern (I think) but I am wondering if it isn’t too much dress for my frame, especially that shape of sleeves. Very 70s flair.

  29. Robin November 6, 2012 at 14:45 #

    Gorgeous!!! That dress looks just beautiful and you are totally rockin’ it. Thanks for sharing those tips on working with silk jersey… your description makes me think I need to invest and make a beautiful dress for me! :)

  30. Connie November 6, 2012 at 15:05 #

    Loving that on you! Beautiful fabric choice, perfect fit- methinks you got a good thing going on there!

  31. Carol November 6, 2012 at 15:20 #

    This is so lovely on you. The print is great and the style is really flattering. I just bought this same pattern a few weeks ago but now we’re coming in to summer it’s too warm a style for me to wear. It will have to wait until next winter.

  32. SA Curve Ruler November 6, 2012 at 15:32 #

    Your dress is fabulous!!!

  33. Seraphinalina November 6, 2012 at 15:57 #

    What a great dress. I didn’t know about titanium needles.

  34. Amanda November 6, 2012 at 16:10 #

    This is luxe! I love that pattern- it is amazing! I must admit to never having heard of silk jersey before (I’m still kinda new to this whole sewing shebang) so I’m going to see if I can track some down. This looks so lovely!

  35. Becky November 6, 2012 at 17:04 #

    I was just about to leave you a comment a couple of days ago asking where this dress went! I love it, it was worth the wait. You look gorgeous. Good colors and style for you. Titanium needles? Who knew! I learn something every time I read your blog.

  36. sewmanju November 6, 2012 at 18:23 #

    Gorgeous! Want some silk jersey!

  37. Elizabeth Shaum Delfosse November 6, 2012 at 18:29 #

    That is freaking gorgeous! God, I have got to start sewing for me again. That pattern is awesome, too.

  38. Mary in FL November 6, 2012 at 19:14 #

    The dress is beautiful, and looks really classy on you!

  39. Lyrique November 6, 2012 at 19:16 #

    What a pretty dress! You look sensational in it.

  40. andrea670 November 6, 2012 at 20:00 #

    I love your version on this dress. You look beautiful.

  41. Andrea November 6, 2012 at 20:06 #

    I love your version on this dress. You look beautiful. I knew I would like this pattern when I purchased it.

  42. kbenco November 6, 2012 at 20:07 #

    The dress is beautiful on you. The non pattern matching back is not only sensible avoidance of things-that-can-drive-you-crazy, but breaks up the big print nicely, like the v neck and pleats do at the front. (I am trying to say it looks better that way IMO ;) )

  43. myrosesindecember November 6, 2012 at 22:13 #

    Beautiful dress and even more important, it looks beautiful on you. Great job.

  44. Jane's sew & tell November 7, 2012 at 02:39 #

    Lovely dress – congratulations!

  45. Crystal November 7, 2012 at 02:45 #

    It looks amazing on you! Fabulous print, great fit, and I love that fabric hanging from your waist!

  46. Gail November 7, 2012 at 03:49 #

    I just adore your new dress. You’ve achieved the perfect fit and the style and colours suit you so well.

  47. emoniedezign November 7, 2012 at 05:57 #

    Amazing. That Dress look outstanding on you! Go head!

  48. Linda L November 7, 2012 at 06:55 #

    This is a very flattering dress on you; love the style and your fabric. I have never sewn silk jersey before and should I ever attempt it I will have to try the microtex needles.

  49. LynneW November 7, 2012 at 11:19 #

    That dress is beautiful on you. The fit looks perfect! I love the way your skills get better & better…

  50. The Slapdash Sewist November 7, 2012 at 11:47 #

    I have GOT to get around to that pattern. It’s so flattering, and the large print really works with the style.

  51. SewRuthie November 9, 2012 at 13:12 #

    What a great dress. It looks fab on you :-)

  52. allisonc November 13, 2012 at 02:53 #

    Stunning dress, I bet in that silk jersey it feels as gorgeous to wear as it looks. I really liked this pattern when it came out, but didn’t get around to buying it – now I think I must!

  53. sewplaysew November 27, 2012 at 23:30 #

    I love this dress on you! I so need to find a similar pattern a silk jersey, whatever that is! :-). Amazing.

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