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Tuesday, 19 August 2014

Tracy Reese Vogue 1086

Hello! Been a little quite in blogging, some sewing has been happening but not as much as usual. After so many knits the past while, I felt the need to sew something more challenging. Enter Tracy Reese Vogue 1086 couture pattern. 
This pattern calls for French seams, binding zipper tape and binding neck/armholes.  I did sew French seams one time many years ago but had never bound the zipper tape before. 

After reading the reviews online (one advantage of taking so long to sew a pattern) that the bodice ran big and the v neck low, I made several changes. Instead of my usual size 14 bust to a size 16 waist, I used size 12 bust to size 14 waist and got a good fit. The bust is still very blousey so I'm very glad I sized down. I also raised the v neck 1 inch and lengthened the bodice my usual 1 1/2 inches. 

The fabric is a high end polyester that I got at the closeout of a fabric boutique. It's a really pretty coral colour that is crinkled and doesn't feel like a poly. 

I wore the dress for the first time yesterday and it's comfy. The only thing that bugs me a little is the zipper. I couldn't get the zipper to lay flat between the French seam below so there is a bit of a bump. I fiddled with it quite a bit but couldn't get it completely smooth. 

I think this was the last of my summer sewing. Although the weather is still hot , cold weather is not far off. And I really need new pants. I live in dresses and skirts in the summer and while I do wear them with wool tights in the winter it's not practical when it's minus 30. My attempts at a TNT pants pattern last year was a bust. So I'm really hoping that this year I have some success. Fingers crossed and more to come!


  1. I have that pattern but never made it. The color is so pretty-it just looks like summer!