Tuesday, 19 September 2017

V9264 ~ Autumn has arrived!

It was time for a new dress for the new season. The cooler weather for me, means dresses, tights and boots! And that of course means a new dress. I have an old favourite pattern that  I have made again and again, but this season Vogue produced this little beauty that I was drawn to instantly. Sometimes you see a pattern and fall in love with it. This for me was one of those. 

Being in the UK we have to wait quite a few weeks before the new patterns are released here which is kinda frustrating when you see something and its out of reach! Its like the new McCalls patterns have been out in the US since the beginning of September; here, we're still waiting!!
For years I have mostly made winter dresses that are slim fit. It's a style that I adore, feel comfortable in and works for me and my lifestyle. I've tended to steer clear of a fit and flare because its often very windy where I live(!). I've no idea why its taken me so long to realise this, but when its proper cold, I'll be wearing a coat outside, so providing its a longer length coat, there's no reason I cant wear dresses like this.

The sleeve detail is one feature I was drawn to. I think I used to wear sleeves like this back in the 80's! These sleeves are quite full as they have both an inverted box pleat at the sleeve head and gathers either side. Its got princess seams and a high neck (which is another favourite of mine) and is an easy dress to put together. I didn't even use the instructions and it made up in no time at all. I cut the size 8 and other than having to take it in about an inch on the waist it fit like a dream.

Oh! I also made the collar narrower as I like high necks to be snug around the neck and not gaping

 Fabric is a recent purchase from the Cotswald Collection at Minerva Crafts. I also bought it in red 😀

Thanks for stopping by!

Happy Sewing 


  1. This is just so beautiful Dawn. I remember these types of sleeves too - I hadn't realised they were coming back into fashion. This is just going to be such a great dress for you - as you say, all the features you love, and you feel great in it - which is what it is all about.

    1. Thank you! I hadnt realised they were back in fashion either

  2. What a fun dress! I remember those sleeves as well. I really like how you styled it with the hat, tights and boots.