Thursday, 2 February 2017

Pattern Review: Vogue V8888 Dressing Gown

As someone who is in love with the idea of having a boudoir with fancy perfume bottles, a beautiful vintage dressing table and drawfuls of lacey lingerie, having a luxurious dressing gown is a must! If I can't have a fancy dressing room I can at least have an elegant dressing gown to brighten up my morning routine. Especially paired with this gorgeous and swishy Joan Babydoll which is handmade by my friend Abi at My Retro Closet. (Check out Abi's sewing blog, the Crafty Pinup here, her sewing makes never fail to impress!)

Also pictured: Joan Babydoll handmade by My Retro Closet in Powder Blue and Baby Pink Trim

When I saw the Vogue V8888 envelope I was immediately drawn to the shorter dressing gown of the two, it's a gorgeous shape with lace embellished kimono sleeves and a hem that finishes just shy of the knee. I knew it was destined for my sewing table. Then a week later, I found a floral viscose-challis at Minerva Crafts, and pictured my perfect dressing gown. I snapped up 4 metres of it and braced myself for what I knew would be my favourite make of the year.

Pattern Vogue V8888 with floral viscose fabric from Minerva Crafts; £5.99 a metre

My enthusiasm soon wore off once I got to cutting out the pattern, the viscose has a slight stretch and a silky feel, which made cutting out the pattern accurately fairly difficult. The dressing gown also has 11 pattern pieces, and it took what felt like hours to cut everything out, though my pretty macaron pattern weights helped me along. Needless to say I didn't get to the sewing machine until a week later because I was all out of motivation.

Macaron Pattern Weights, available on Etsy from Oh Sew Quaint

You would think a dressing gown would be simple to construct, but not this one. Though it can certainly be made more simply, which I chose to do in the end. The finished V8888 garment has internal ties, pockets and external ties, all of which are encompassed in french seams. I found myself getting tired of how over-complicated this pattern was for a dressing gown and skipped the pockets and internal ties, and I am still very happy with how this garment looks and functions.

Lace trim from eBay, in hindsight I'd have chosen a different colour to match the trim on my Joan babydoll 

The sleeves on the original pattern also included a sleeve binding above the lace cuff. I tried this with one of the sleeves but in my opinion the binding looks odd with patterned fabric. Perhaps this would be different with plain fabric. I decided to hem the sleeve and attach lace to the hem instead, and I am pleased with the results.

Pretending to be good at retro hairstyling, also note my fondant fancy pattern weights sneakily disguised as real food ;)

Overall, as this pattern is considered an 'Easy' by Vogue's standards I would recommend this is to an advanced beginner. There aren't really any tricky techniques in this garment, but the sheer volume of steps and facings could be intimidating for someone who has only stitched once or twice before. I am very pleased with the finished garment; it's comfortable to wear and will get daily use once it warms up a bit. I can't wait until then, because I long to be a lady of leisure swishing around in these two all day.

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  1. So lovely! The outcome looks great and these photos are so sweet! <3
    Thank you for including 'Joan'!

  2. It looks very swish, I am inspired to make a version from my pattern and add lace and ribbons. I adapted the jacket from Simplicity K1620AA, all I had to do was extend the length by 14".

    1. That's a fantastic idea! It's always worth having a look through your current patterns and giving them a new lease of life. That way you can put your pretty pennies towards something else, like more fabric :D

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