It’s done. I love it, and I’m glad it’s over. My Missonish fabric has become a dress!

It was one of those sewing projects that didn’t come together until the very end…. as in when I basted the hem in place.

I glanced over nearly 100 reviews of this very popular

Very Easy Vogue 8379 pattern on the Pattern Review website before retrieving it from my pattern stash.

One promise I made to myself during this 365 day challenge is that

I will not be in a hurry when I sew,

and I dutifully made a muslin of the top before I cut the fabric… but I skipped out on the bottom after convincing myself it was unnecessary.

HELLOGoodbye Valentino meets poodle skirt.

I then nipped and tucked this lovely fabric one hour after another until I reduced the skirt’s sweep by 25 inches before getting the look I wanted!

Perseverance pays off and maybe this is the lesson I will take away from the year. In the past it was simple to walk away or even throw away a dubious project, but I’m learning commitment to completion brings forth one’s best efforts, and our best efforts ultimately lead us where we belong.

Have a great weekend!

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  1. prttynpnk says:

    Another beautiful creation- your knowledge of what colors and shapes work well on you is something I wish I had- you always sew a work of art and it always works on you!

  2. Thank you so much. I’ve had my share of making garments that looked terrible whether it be the pattern, fabric or style etc….. I think this is mainly why I quit sewing clothes for myself. Now I think very carefully about the pattern style….. whether I’ve tried on a garment like the pattern and if so how it looked on me. The hardest thing for me is not to select a style designed for 20 somethings – fortunately my daughters watch out for me in this respect.
    Many thanks for your kind comments.

  3. Peggy says:

    What a gorgeous dress! The color and style are perfect on you. I am seriously envying the fabric!

  4. Art Attack says:

    You’re SO right…and so wise. I, too, used to be in a big damn hurry to finish one and get on to the next one. And I was usually disappointed with the results. When I started garment sewing last spring I took on the attitude that you have now…slow down, pay attention, and be in the moment. Now I enjoy the process as much as the results. Thank you for stating it so eloquently. Will post my comments on the fabulous dress on PR.

    • Thank you for your nice comments on Pattern Review and here. I think you are a step ahead of me because I can’t quite say I enjoy the process as much as the results – but I am able to look for solutions when I stumble into sewing dilemmas which I wasn’t willing to do years ago. Maturity, perhaps?? :)

  5. AllisonC says:

    Your dress is gorgeous, I’m glad you were able to make the pattern work for you and that gorgeous fabric!

  6. MissMuslin says:

    A truly lovely dress.Very RTW!

  7. Jamye says:

    I love what you did with the skirt. I walked away from this pattern just this afternoon because of the ginormous skirt that I didn’t want. Didn’t even think about redrafting the skirt. Yours turned out so well, I think I’ll try it after all!

  8. Jamye,
    Don’t give up! I might have done the same thing had I not been sewing on special fabric. Have you visited Allison C’s blog at http://allisoncsewinggallery.blogspot.com ?
    She just made this dress reducing the skirt volume too. It’s a wonderful pattern otherwise.
    Good luck!

  9. Carolyn says:

    This is a gorgeous dress and I’m glad that you worked through the challenges to end up with the dress you wanted!

  10. Beth says:

    Lovely! I have some of that fabric (in the pink) and am planning on making a top out of it this afternoon. I also just bought that dress pattern after reading so many of the positive reviews on PR. I never thought to combine them. We’ve had this Missoni fabric at the store where I work for almost a year and I could never figure out what to make with it other than infinity scarves. You’ve motivated me to take another look at it. The colors are so beautiful.

  11. Thanks for your comments, Beth! I bought this fabric without a plan other than making a dress of some sort, but I am pleased with the result. Let me know if you end up making something from this fabric – I’d love to see it!

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