Tuesday, December 11, 2012

DIY Dress Using V8408 + Thigh High Boots ;-)

Hello Darlings! I am serious loving this dress. I made it once before like 6 years ago maybe but I was going through old patterns I pulled this one out again because I LOVE the collar.  The pattern is currently out of stock on the vogue site and it is an OOP so I don't know when and if it will be back but  I have found one or two on ebay and etsy so you may want to do a google search.

****Thanks to a wonderful follower who pointed out that V8630 is very similar (and it is) you can get it on sale for $4.99!****

Get The Look

DIY Dress V8408 OOP/ Colin Stuart Over The Knee Boots (on clearance) HERE / Clutch (in blue) HERE / Belt (old) / Sunnies Kate Spade

Pattern Review: V8408 OOP


Pattern Description: Misses Dress

Pattern Sizing: I cut the 8 but had to grade down a lot for the look I wanted.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done with it? Kinda

Were the instructions easy to follow? This is labeled an Vogue "Easy" pattern and it is. Its a pretty straight forward and the princess seams make it easy to fit.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the collar but I didnt want it stiff so I used a pro-weft interfacing found HERE

Fabric Used: I used a Ponte Roma I got from Michael Levin (I love working with this fabric) it is easy to work with, has some stretch so I fits great and feels great. I got my fabric HERE makes sure to use the coupon code "mimiholiday" for 10% off your purchase.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I omitted the side invisible zipper because my fabric has a nice amount of stretch so the zipper was unnecessary. I also used a covered button kit to make the buttons out of the same fabric.

Would you sew it again? No but I am going to use the collar to make a jacket ;-)

Would you recommend it to others? Yes  











82 comments:

  1. Mimi,

    You look gorgeous....love this look and those boots...pure HAWTNESS!

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    1. Belts are in..made a similer santa outfit..featured in the walmart ad..

      Relatively easy

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  2. Whoop there it is! Just a class act. I love the complete ensemble, thanks for the inspiration Mimi.

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  3. I knew you would rock it out! Love the boots - FABULOUS!!

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  4. Wow, loving everything about this! I did wonder if the pattern was actually "easy" when I saw the picture on facebook. I know not all Vogue easy patterns are actually that. What a shame it's out of print, I love the shape of this dress.

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    1. It is easy and I linked a similar pattern

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  5. Gorgeous. You did an amazing job.

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  6. Beautiful and inspiring.

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  7. I LOVE that dress!! I LOVE the whole outfit! I'm so mad that this pattern is out of print. I would go get it today! The dress looks so well made, as usual. ;)

    M

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  8. I have lost my sense of style and I hate shopping because I get overwhelmed with what to wear or what looks good on me, however I must admit your style is definitely inspiring, and how I envision myself to dress.

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  9. I have this pattern! I keep meaning to make it. Now I can. Ponte Roma...I can find that at Vogue Fabrics. I'd have them to do the self-fabric buttons just because they do that stuff so well. And those boots are darling. I want to wear cute boots again (I'm afraid to after a bad fall in boots down the stairs nearly two years ago). I can't see this dress with anything but boots, so I better work on strengthening my ankles...

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    1. Thank you so much. The DIY button kits are so easy to use and cheap. I hope your ankles get better soon so you can rock the boots, lol xoxo

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  10. Very French-like. Wonderful dress and look.

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  11. Mimi that's a nice dress : ) I love the collar as well and those boots !

    Rianna

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  12. It's SOOOO pretty! I LOVE this dress!

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  13. I like that you used a knit fabric as opposed to ones that they suggested. I am never sure if you can do that, but now I know that you can.

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    1. Thank you, I shared ;-) you are awesome!

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  15. I love the collard too very pretty.

    how do you get the button done? I've been wanting some button like that forever I dont even know the name to look it up :)

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    1. I just went back and added a link to the post on the covered buttons. They are SO EASY to do.

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  16. Mimi, you have done it again! I really want to tell you what an inspiration you have been. I am gifting myself the Brother sewing nachine you suggested and getting down to business! Keep these looks coming. God bless you and your family this Christmas!

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  17. Ok. it's beautiful!, as is everything you showcase. I remember when you made that pattern a while ago. I fell in love with your dress and had to have the pattern. I did make it in a brown wool pointe knit, and love it till this day. As a matter of fact, I've been planning on making it again for the past month - just haven't gotten around to it yet. I need to ask - did you interface the collar??? I did in my brown one, and have always wished I hadn't interfaced. Maybe I used the wrong type of interfacing, too heavy.

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    1. Hi Faye ;-) Yes I did interface it but I used a pro-weft found here: https://www.fashionsewingsupply.com/product_info.php?products_id=29&osCsid=8b1e258851da4b77fc4485f8a2b01fb2

      It keeps the collars shape in tact but its soft not stiff.

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  18. The dress is gorgeous! This is such a great look, especially with the boots.

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  19. Mimi did you use a serger to make this dress or a sewing machine?

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    1. I dont ever sew on my serger. I only use my serger to finish edges because I fit as I sew and if I cut off the seam allowances on my serger as I am sewing and need to fix something it makes it much harder. I also prefer the secure stitches of my machine vs. just the serger.

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  20. Mimi, this is gorgeous! I love the soft grey paired with black, and those boots are hot.

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  21. Wow--LOVE IT!...that pattern never really grabbed my attention. But I may just get it now. The fabric store by my house still has it in stock!

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    1. Thanks! good luck ;-) I always find OOP patterns at my local Joann.

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  22. You know I love this dress but when you make that jacket, I'm coming to get it from you. (Don't know what I'll do with it because I won't be able to fit it) LOL

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  23. Breathtakingly beautiful!!!! I made this dress a few yrs back and absolutely loved it. I haven't worn it in about 2 yrs. The use of a knit fabric and wearing thigh-high boots never occurred to me! LOL I guess those boots will come out of the closet and maybe I'll make one up in a knit. Thanks for the inspiration!

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    1. knit? where would one get patterns at?

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  24. You're always so classy and fashionable, love it!

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  25. You're always so classy and fashionable, love it!

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  26. I love this dress. I am getting ready to venture out to sew again after 15 years. I will purchase the similar pattern so when I am ready I will make this dress. You look fabulous continue to share your valuable ideas.

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    1. Thats fantastic! good luck and well wishes doll!

      xoxo

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  27. Gorg!!! I'm def making this now lol

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  28. Mimi, you are making me want to sew more than pillows and table runners! Lovin' this look and your site. Your style = pure awesomeness! One day, when I grew up, I just know I'll start sewing clothes with you.

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  29. Mimi, you are inspiring me to sew more than pillows and table runners! This dress, that cape and everything else you've sewn - LOVE. I have a friend who used to have her own clothing company - she taught me the basics of sewing, but we never got to sewing garments. One day, when I grow up, I just know I'm going to sew clothes with your patterns/recommended patterns! Until then, your site and style = pure awesomeness! How do I get dressed everyday? Thinking 'what would Mimi do?' LOL! I don't come close, but it's worth the try. Thank you for what you are doing and best of luck!

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  30. Wow I love this dress...The pairing w/ the belt and black boots is just adorable! =)

    Ergo - Blog

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  31. Your boots is awesome Mimi, so is your body and those boots...Great job...Love it

    www.jayla31.blogspot.com

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  32. You look amazing. I like the slim fit you made out of this pattern, and of course the collar and buttons are fantastic details.

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  33. You knocked this one out the park and 'workin' those boots! Love it all!

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  34. *Singing* ♫ Daaangg, she's hot! ♫
    Lol! Love the dress and the boots this is a gorgeous outfit!

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  35. Mimi..That dress and divine collar is rocking winter sexy..love it!

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  36. So gorgeous! I love this pattern in the ponte. Looks cozy ad comfy!

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  37. It is a shame that pattern is out of print because your dress is lovely.

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  38. Mimi this dress is adorable. I wanted one few years back but wasn't able to get it. It looks good and the the boots they're TDF!

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  39. Lov your blog..You are truly inspirational.. and gifted. so happy I found this blog.. Thx..

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Thank you for taking time to comment ;-)

xoxo
mimi g.