(Belated) Pattern Review: Vogue 8446

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Pattern Description:  Mid-knee or below mid-calf dress with fitted bodice and flared skirt has lined bodice and back zipper closure.

Pattern Sizing:  AAX(4-6-8-10), DD(12-14-16-18) I sewed a 16 – my usual size, and it could be taken in about 1″ at the waist, but what the hey!

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?  Yes – 100%. Actually, I think it looks better on me than the model at Vogue Patterns website.image

Were the instructions easy to follow?  I had no difficulty following the directions of this pattern, however, I can see where people who are just starting out on their sewing journey could be VERY confused with the directions for the construction of the bodice.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?  I love love LOVE this neckline (closeup here.) It is so amazingly flattering! I was a bit skeptical about the pleating in the skirt and the “dirndl” look since I really don’t need any extra below my waist, but it works very well with the proportion of the dress.

Fabric Used:  Liberty of London tana lawn in Bea from my stash. Lined in bemberg lining. I wasn’t sure about using this fabric for the dress, but I think it turned out so nicely. It’s very vintage looking, and the rich colours are striking.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:  I only did my usual FBA and waist shortening of 2″. I was too lazy (or overconfident?) to do a proper muslin, as I am getting pretty good at the FBA adjustment using Vogue Patterns Sewing Book instructions. It worked perfectly.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it tP6120005o others?  I would definitely sew this again. I’m currently hunting around in my stash for a solid colour in a crepe or faille. I think it would be very dressy in a fluid fabric. I’m just totally in love with the neckline.

Conclusion:
I highly recommend this dress. Even if you need to read and re-read the instructions to get the bodice construction just right, it’s well worth the time and effort. You won’t regret the time it took!

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7 thoughts on “(Belated) Pattern Review: Vogue 8446

    1. Hi, Audrey! My source for all things Liberty is Ebay! I’ve several favourite sellers – fellabird, laluthan, lixlittle. I just do a search “liberty tana lawn” and loads always pops up. It’s a lot cheaper than buying at my local fabric store, or through the US, even with the postage costs, and the international shipping from the UK is very very quick. Good luck choosing a print – that’s always the hardest part!

  1. This dress is a real winner! The shape is great on you. It really flatters a classic, hour glass figure. I can imagine that it would make up into a fab dressy-dress. I could also picture it in a cotton border print as a sundress.

  2. It’s a really flattering shape indeed. I think it would look even more amazing in crepe – I look forward to it’s next incarnation!

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