Friday, 13 April 2018

Vogue 8825 and McCalls 7465

So two for the price of one this week!  Vogue 8825 is a pullover wrap dress and I love it.  I cut a size 14 and raised the waist by 1".

It has a wrapped bodice and long ties which give the waist a lovely definition.  The sleeves are full bishop sleeves (made of two pieces) gathered into a cuff.   I cut 1" off the length of the sleeve and made the cuff a lot narrower by 1.5".    It's really important to get the sleeve tight at the cuff.  This did make the cuff very fiddly to sew, and am I the only one in the world this has happened to but I managed to get my finger stuck in the machine, panicked, turned the machine off, couldn't then get my finger out and ended up with a nasty cut!  Otherwise ,I enjoyed sewing it and particularly as Sian from Kittenish Behaviour had vlogged this as a sewalong.

I used stretch interfacing at the neckline, which makes it a nice snug fit and also in the cuffs.  I like the raglan sleeve and the gathers at the waist.  There are two darts in the back.

The fabric is a 4 way stretch jersey bought from the liberty man at Birmingham rag market.   It was only £6 a metre.  It is a liberty print, though I think not genuine liberty as it ran a bit in the wash, but it's still good enough.  There is a long story about how I ended up with enough for 2 dresses involving overlocking a bodice through the middle, it took about 4 metres for both.  So the second dress I made is McCalls 7465, a pullover dolman sleeved dress.

This is a pretty different dress.  It has a cowl neck.

You gather a very long side in the skirt and mount it on some powermesh and add elastic to the waist.  This does mean there is quite a bit of weight in the skirt, which may pull over time.

The sleeves are great, but you do have to keep adjusting them.   It's an interesting dress, but I wouldn't make this one again.



  1. I love the fabric- I made a dress in this last year. I didn't have the problem of it running, but oh boy! It STRETCHED! It's still waiting to be re-hemmed, and your post has put a fire under me to get on with it so I can wear the dress again. Apparently that stall in the market is now gone...what a shame! I made V1405

  2. Wow,both dresses are fabulous Mags. Hard to pick a favourite as there are aspects I love from both....the sleeves and cummerbund effect of the first and the cowl and drape details of the second.

  3. Mags, both of these dresses have the Wow factor but in totally different ways. Stunning.

  4. They are both completely amazing dresses Mags with such unique features for knit designs! I love the fabric you choose too, really adds to the wow! I love the first one in particular with the combo of bishop sleeves and tie waist but you look wonderful in both

  5. What a beautiful fabric - gorgeous print and colours (I haven't seen many larger Liberty prints before!). I love V8825 - a very wearable dress! I must admit I love the look of the ruched skirt and sleeves of M7645 more... so hearing that it's a wee bit annoying to wear makes me sad. No matter though - especially as the first is a winner and they both look fabulous on you :) Gorgeous work!