The psychedelic dress

Was it worth the wait? This dress has taken me a month to make. Now some of that is due to real life preventing me from sewing for a week or two, but even taking that into account this was a slow project. And I haven’t even hemmed it yet.
Vogue 8489

The pattern is Vogue 8489. I traced it rather than cutting it out because I wanted to lengthen the dress by a good foot and a half; the longest view on the original pattern comes to just below the knee and I wanted it to be floor length. The pattern pieces for the skirt are large to begin with, and by the time you’ve added all that length they’re uncontrollable. Combine that with slippery viscose knit and it’s a miracle this dress got finished at all. Every time I put down the pattern pieces one would make a break for it off the ironing board or down the back of the sewing table.

Amazingly I didn’t lose any cut pattern pieces during the process, although I did manage to cut a small hole in the bodice back when things shifted while trimming a seam. I patched it up with a bit of interfacing and zig-zagged over the top and you can’t see it at all in the photos. What you can see on the back view is that I eliminated the centre back seam on the bodice and bands. The pattern has a zip in that seam but it’s really not needed.

Vogue 8489

Anyway it’s done at last, and I like the result. Just need a bit more practice walking in my enormous 70s platform sandals.

Vogue 8489

37 thoughts on “The psychedelic dress

  1. I think you look stunningly beautiful. The print is mesmerising and the whole dress just seems to channel the essence of YOU! You know you should be on the pyramid stage at Glastonbury, don’t you? You could give Florence and the Machine a run for her money. Breathtaking!

  2. Definitely worth the wait. The print is quite nice. I actually have this pattern. I bought it to make a maternity dress, but did not make it in the end. Its really lovely.

  3. I remember seeing that fabric a few weeks ago and thinking “I don’t know about that”. But I’m an idiot because this is awesome. I’m not sure many people could oull it off but with your lovely skin and hair it’s pretty amazing. And the butt seam is very flattering! I believe this is called a “traffic stopper”.

  4. This is gobsmakingly, bewilderingly, dazzlingly wonderful. I totally love it. If I saw you on the street (unlikely, given the disparity of hemispheres) I would be unable to stop myself from asking you a dozen questions about it. Well done!

  5. OMGwad superseventiessexxxxxy! Love it. You look so hot. Yes it is totally worth it, the back fits so well. Your make is a couple of million times better than the pattern envelope + it looks awesome on you. Super job-I’d hug you for sure if I was there XD

  6. I love it, the print is so mesmerising it was definitely a good idea to use a lot of it and make a maxi. It fits you so well and no one will ever know if you don’t bother hemming it.

  7. Ooh! Makes my eyes go all funny in a good sort of way. Lovely dress an definitely worth the time and effort

  8. Oh wow…. worth the wait alright! I knew this would be a stunner. I can just imagine the fight you had with that fabric so well done for your perseverance. It totally paid off!

  9. Groovy! Wow, I like this SO much more as a maxi then at the length Vogue drafted it. Bravo on the plunging neckline!

  10. Oh, I lurve it. I love the way you use sewing to enhance your personal zeitgeist, modernist, sexy and yet a touch of 60-70 retro intergalactic wow. Another triumph, Cybe.

  11. Fabulous!!! I have this pattern and have been anxiously awaiting your results. Just beautiful. Love the material and it looks fantastic on you! And, to echo others here, your postings have been missed. Thanks for sharing this!

  12. Can you handle another gushing comment? You look incredible. Like you just stepped off a runway and your name is Tilda Swinton…but much cooler.

  13. There are just aren’t enough adjectives to adequately describe how amazingly awesome this dress is! Fantastic! Stunning! *standing up clapping!*

  14. Gorgeous marriage of fabric to pattern. Lovely job! And you’d look right at home here in San Francisco if you’re making holiday plans šŸ™‚

    You’re a rock star for tackling that slippery knit and doing it without wavy seams. Nice work.

  15. Oh my god this is so very much worth the wait and the escaping pattern pieces. Fantastic and do you need to hem it? Just wondering cos the length is perfect, as long as you don’t hop out of your cool 70s platforms.

  16. Absolutely Fantastic!!! That has got to be the coolest dress I have seen in a long time. It looks great on your. The pattern design adds interest to the fabric and it fits you to perfection.

  17. I am absolutely speechless! That is the most amazing dress I’ve ever seen! And it’s such a perfect fit, such a perfect print and such a perfect pattern! It’s the trifecta of perfect! Just gorgeous, Catherine!

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