Friday, October 21, 2022

Vogue 8805 in Leafy Red

This is my latest project as a Fabricville blogger. I was choosing from the most recent fabric releases, so after much deliberation finally picked this 100% cotton corduroy. It was a hard decision! But when I saw the deep red with the cobalt, green & black motifs I thought it would fit in nicely with my 80s inspired sewing of late. Also it's quite seasonal, looking like falling leaves.

It's a lightweight & fine wale corduroy so I thought it would match up well with a simple shift that doesn't require any real movement in the fabric. I used Vogue 8805, but combined the middle & bottom panels, to only have the yoke seam left. 

Fortunately the print matches up well enough that even that topstitched seam doesn't break up the visual  line. I didn't shorten it at all so while it's thigh-high on the model it's just at the bottom of my knee, my preferred length.

I added side seam pockets of course; I marked the waistline while I cut it out to give me the pocket placement line. I just used my standard pocket pattern. 

Another change I made was to line it with some black bemberg lining. I cut the lining only for the bottom half of the dress, below the yoke. I basted it to the bottom piece & sewed the yoke on, topstitching all 3 layers together. This allows a stiffer fabric, and one that likes to stick to itself as well as any tights, to hang better and not frustrate a wearer. Nothing worse than a dress that tangles up between your knees as you walk!

The back neckline has a slit which closes with a hook & eye. Unfortunately I find that it pops open while I am wearing it, not sure why, so I am going to replace it with a button & loop. 

Anyhow I love this fabric! It's the perfect weight for this time of year & I really love the print and colours of it. Perfect cozy Fall dress that could even make an appearance at Christmas 😉


  1. Hi Melanie, Just lovely! I haven't sewn corduroy for decades - but I can see how great it looks in this style. And I cannot even see where you attached or topstitched the yoke. Pockets - yes, a must.
    .... Sara

    1. Thanks Sara! I've made a couple of corduroy outfits in the last few years, but I do find that lining them is essential to wearability, to me at least. It's one of those fabrics that likes to grip itself otherwise!

  2. Do you just need to pinch the hook closed a little to help it stay closed? That worked on something for me a while back, but isn’t a miracle cure by any means. Love the colors!

    1. I tried it but somehow this hook just doesn't want to stay closed! Oh well, I can pop on a nice black or green button for fun. The colours are certainly what drew me to this fabric :)


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