Pretty Summer Dresses

It's a beautiful summer day in Glasgow today - sunny and only moderately hot (21 degrees C).  Welcome relief after the storms of yesterday and the sweltering heat on Tuesday!  

Some beautiful new fabrics and patterns have been arriving here over the last few weeks - and more will be arriving very soon.  Yesterday, I uploaded some new patterns by McCall's and Vogue, including a number of lovely dresses:

 

One of these patterns is this week's featured outfit: Vogue 8998.  Here's the images that inspired this week's outfit:

Images from top to bottom from: Tanesha Awasthi, Gal Meets Glam, Tanesha Awasthi, My Curves and Curls.

 

Vogue 8998 is one of those Big 4 patterns which, I think, is slightly let down by the styling of the sample garment.  With its horsehair-stiffened hem and shiny, taffeta fabric, it feels a little 90s-party-dress to me!  

 

However, when you look at the line drawings, you see that it's just a nice summer dress:

 

This is a well-reviewed pattern: there are 14 reviews on PatternReview.com and all of the reviews give the pattern a positive rating!   There are lots of pretty examples of this dress across the sewing blogosphere.  Here are some of my favourites:

Images from left to right: Sew Manju; The Long and Winding BobbinDolly ClackettLlanoGirl

 

In terms of features, as you'll have seen in the line drawings, there are a few options.  You can make it sleeveless or with small cap sleeves.  There are also two skirts to choose from - flared or gathered - and there is the option for a skirt overlay.  Finally, there is a view with a backwards pointed collar.  So, you can get a variety of different looks from this one pattern!

Now, turning to fabrics, drawing on the inspiration images, here are my fabric recommendations - all cottons:

From top to bottom: AGF Mother's Garden Light Cotton Broadcloth (new!); Sabine White on Navy Large Polkadots Poplin

 

From top to bottom: AGF Shore Remains Algae Cotton Broadcloth; Spencer White Pinpoint Shirting

 

As I've mentioned before, the quality of the AGF broadcloths (and the Sabine poplins) is really fantastic, as you can see in the photo below.  The pinpoint shirting is a great weight - not see-through and with a really nice texture.

Through the wonders of Photoshop, here's what the prints look like to scale.  So pretty!

 

As for styling this kind of dress, I love the dress-up look by Tanesha (with stiletto pumps) and the dress-down look by Assa (with flat sandals).  With dresses, I'm usually drawn to prints, but Assa's look displays the versatility of dresses in solid colours: you can dress them up with a beautiful, statement jacket/cardigan or (not shown here!) colourful accessories.  

 

Further Details

Vogue 8998
£13 (£11.70 for the next week!)
Sizes: 6-22
Level: easy
Reviews: 14 reviews on PatternReview.com; all of the reviews give the pattern a positive rating
Similar patterns: Vogue 9075; By Hand London Kim; Vogue 9100 (new!)

 

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July 21, 2016 by Amy Lloyd
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