Vogue 8904

13 Jul Vogue 8904

Recently on Facebook, Mood Fabrics posed the following question to its followers:

When do you put aside summer sewing and move on to fall and winter apparel? Is July too soon to think about cool-weather clothes?

I must admit I have actually begun to think about my Fall wardrobe in July for the first time ever. I have even begun to look at Fall Runway shows on Style.com and even started a Mood Fall board, but……… hasn’t summer just begun?

I may develop the discipline to sew a season ahead one day, but for now I’m sewing in the moment.


As a confessed blue and white striped addict, I couldn’t pass up this light weight navy and white striped jersey from Mood Fabrics……. and I sure couldn’t pass up the new Marcy Tilton Vogue pattern. It just looked like so much fun!


I was delighted to discover the dress was as fun to sew as I thought, and I made it in a day.

After cutting two main front and back pieces, the “shingles” are layered and stitched one by one working from the bottom towards the top.


The pattern is designed to fit with  negative ease which slightly scared me, but the additional shingled layers of fabric disguise the body hugging under layer.


The directions state to leave the raw edges exposed, but I turned and machine-hemmed all of the layers adding another 30 minutes to the project. Since my fabric was lightweight I didn’t want to chance the edges curling.

The back of my new summer dress is layered identically to the front,


and with over 9 weeks of summer left, I’m sure lots of opportunities for wear will arise.


But I must say……. if any sewing excited me about the fall, it was this dress. Why?

I picture the longer sleeve rendition in a cool weather jersey bringing me a step closer to fall sewing ……possibly before September 22!

V8904 - long sleeve

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  • Mary Lynn
    Posted at 08:51h, 13 July Reply

    That looks so cute on you! One does need a great figure to do diagonal stripes! Going back to
    a previous post….. I love the J McLaughlin dress prints; I think they were rayon with a bit of spandex (had to have a young customer read me the label !) Do you have any idea where to find that fabric? The Freshfields store here at Kiawah is having a sale (mostly 2,4,6) don’t know about the King Street store.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:11h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you, Mary Lynn! I too LOVE the J McLaughlin fabric. I was once told by a salesperson there that they use a French spandex. I’ve looked online at the Spandex House and saw a couple of fabrics that could pass for J Mc fabric but not much. If you ever find any please let me know! ………. and it’s a good thing I’m not in the Charleston area right now …….. those savings get me every time 🙂

  • mzsweetpea
    Posted at 08:54h, 13 July Reply

    Well where do I begin….Oh yes, fabulous dress! And yes a nice dark stripe with sleeves would be an excellent investment into FALL sewing. When we start getting darker, heavier linens, and some tropical weight wools in WAECHTER’S FINE FABRICS….I start thinking about fall…..I’m sort of into vests this year….not your typical one’s. There was a good blog on Sewing Workshop’s site regarding a CUTE vest…also an older blog on Marci Tilton’s site…..want to make both of them, in a heavy linen…since I’ll be able too wear till Dec. up here in the Mts. during the day….LAURA CASEY

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:13h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Laura! Thanks so much for the comment……. I must come to Waechter’s soon! Will some of your vests be on display?

  • Jackie
    Posted at 09:06h, 13 July Reply

    Very cute knit dress! As always, fits you perfectly. I would love to have the fall version with the 3/4 sleeve so I must learn to sew with knits. I have acquired so much information from reading your blog and the responses of your friends. The comments are a wealth of information.
    Looking forward to seeing your fall version.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:15h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you, Jackie! This was pretty straightforward sewing for knits – You can do it! Craftsy has some great sewing with knits classes. Good luck 🙂

  • Mary Fioretti
    Posted at 09:15h, 13 July Reply

    Oh my gosh. I just love this. GREAT job.

  • lakaribane
    Posted at 09:17h, 13 July Reply

    This is not helping my sewing ADD at all, LOL! I was unconvinced by the pattern envelop but bought it anyway. And now your version has me sold. I think you can make it summery with light colors or more Fall (Winter?) like with darker stripes. I vote for you to make a 2nd version. That’s my New Law: Minimum 2 if it turned out great.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:18h, 14 July Reply

      ……. and what a great law! It makes for easier sewing too! I was at a party last night and saw this dress (RTW) in a dark pink and navy. Speaking of cute……! Many thanks for writing 🙂

  • yyyz girl
    Posted at 09:47h, 13 July Reply

    Great dress and it looks so perfect on you. I’ve been considering the pattern and now will purchase it based on your review. I’ve been to Waechter’s during a trip to the south east. How I wish we had a shop like that in Chicago! Again, great dress …. you inspire me!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:20h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks so much for the nice comment! There MUST be a good fabric store in Chicago!!!!

  • Lynn Long
    Posted at 09:59h, 13 July Reply

    What a fabulous dress! This might be my favorite one.

  • The Renegade Seamstress
    Posted at 10:04h, 13 July Reply

    You know, I always look forward to seeing your newest sewing projects and this one was no exception!! I love the stripes. I might have to try this one, too. Maybe I’ll use the fabric from an existing garment and call it a refashion.
    You look wonderful as usual!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:22h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you, Beth! You could combine stripes from different garments for a super refashion!

  • Miriam
    Posted at 10:06h, 13 July Reply

    Are you getting younger? I tell you you know how to dress. I love seeing what you come up with. Love this dress, it’s so cute and sporty, does make you look young. Thanks for the inspiration.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:25h, 14 July Reply

      LOL! Yes, I started counting backwards several years ago 🙂 …… but this is a fun little dress and I’m tempted to make another summer dress before moving on to fall! Many thanks for you comment.

  • Jeannie
    Posted at 10:08h, 13 July Reply

    Just perfect for summer and for you! Love the asymmetry. And the darker stripes for fall?? Even better!

  • Martha
    Posted at 10:16h, 13 July Reply

    Love, love, love your choice of fabric for a fabulous dress! That pattern is sitting *on top* in my sewing room, but I’m still fearful of that negative ease thing for my lumps and bumps. You look terrific.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:27h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you, Martha! I was at a casual party last night and someone was wearing this dress (RTW in a different color) in a much looser fit. It was really cute!

  • Alethia
    Posted at 10:32h, 13 July Reply

    I love this! Gotta try it!

  • Jan
    Posted at 10:54h, 13 July Reply

    Darling! Love it – congrats!

  • Robyn Seymour
    Posted at 11:09h, 13 July Reply

    I love your style, I am more jeans a boots but am inspired by your looks. You look great by the way!

  • Lori
    Posted at 11:26h, 13 July Reply

    This is so pretty and perfect for summer. Great job again, Shannon, you make the best dresses.

  • Beth (SunnyGal Studio)
    Posted at 11:42h, 13 July Reply

    love it, perfect fabric choice

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:31h, 14 July Reply

      Many thanks, Beth! I want to make that Donna Karan dress you just finished 🙂

  • Sam
    Posted at 11:45h, 13 July Reply

    What a great dress! It looks perfect on you. Can’t wait to see your cooler weather version some time in the future too.

  • Connie
    Posted at 11:47h, 13 July Reply

    I love this dress. I saw it made by another blogger too in a different length and on a very different body type, it still looked great. I think it might be more versatile than it would appear.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:35h, 14 July Reply

      I agree with you, Connie in that this is a versatile pattern. Several people of varying body types have made this dress on the PR website in different lengths and fabrics. I think my next dress could look like a completely different pattern. Many thanks for writing 🙂

  • Pam
    Posted at 12:23h, 13 July Reply

    I love that dress. It’s such a great on trend design and is sooo flattering. I won’t start thinking about Fall sewing until I finish my Ribbon Skirt- you can check my progress on my blog. Thanks so much for hosting the sew along.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:36h, 14 July Reply

      I adore your citrus color ribbon skirt, Pam! I really like your blog and sewing as well – such pretty garments! Many thanks for writing 🙂

  • Shannon
    Posted at 12:41h, 13 July Reply

    What a fabulous dress! I love how the back is just as interesting as the front. I think I’m going to have to get this pattern now. The fall version looks like it would be well worth making, too.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:37h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you, Shannon! You will love sewing this pattern 🙂

  • Almeda
    Posted at 13:00h, 13 July Reply

    Only two words to describe this lovely summer dress. “ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS”!!! 🙂

  • Kyle
    Posted at 13:05h, 13 July Reply


    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:39h, 14 July Reply

      I’ve gotta get with it….. you sent me to Urban Dictionary on this one!
      Many thanks!! 🙂

  • Shams
    Posted at 13:06h, 13 July Reply

    Very cute as a summer dress!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:42h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you, Shams! I really love this pattern and your version too 🙂

  • Joyce Love
    Posted at 13:08h, 13 July Reply

    Love it! What a great dress & it looks fabulous on you, as all your garments do!

  • sewmanju
    Posted at 13:33h, 13 July Reply

    First love your version. Perfect for summer and looks great on you. Second great minds must think alike because I am currently sewing this dress but as you mentioned, even though we are enjoying a rare heat wave, I am also thinking of cooler weather sewing (as you will see from my version when finished!) maybe because I have had my holiday I am now thinking of cooler weather?

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:44h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you, Manju! I look forward to seeing your dress 🙂

  • Deborah
    Posted at 13:37h, 13 July Reply

    Thank you for posting this. I checked out this pattern online this a.m. Quite honestly, I passed this one by at first because the emaciated model did not make the dress look good. Wonderful to see a healthy woman wear this lovely style.

  • Cindy
    Posted at 13:54h, 13 July Reply

    I am BLOWN AWAY! You have such a good eye for pairing fabric with pattern! I’ve looked at this pattern and could only see how a solid wouldn’t really bring out the unusual design lines and a print could obfuscate them. But stripes! And dramatically light/dark ones to boot! What an outstanding choice to pop those design lines to maximum strength and visual interest. And bonus points for achieving such a slimming look! Another timess treasure for sure.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:48h, 14 July Reply

      Many thanks for such a nice comment, Cindy! I wasn’t sure if the fit was for me or not until I sewed the shingles on. It really is a great pattern 🙂

  • Teri
    Posted at 13:54h, 13 July Reply

    Thank you so much for making up this pattern Sarah! I have it, and the negative ease has given me pause. Your version is absolutely adorable. LOVE IT! I think I will start looking for fabric for mine….oh, and I am still all about summer sewing.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:50h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you,Teri! I was at a casual party last night and someone was wearing this dress (RTW pink and navy stripe) in a much looser fit. It was so cute! I might make another one in a larger size 🙂

  • sewexhausted
    Posted at 14:09h, 13 July Reply

    What a great dress! And I love the blue and white stripes. Yesterday I cut out a winter coat BUT I also finished a halter sundress for my daughter this week. So, I guess I am doing a mixture. But, lacking a snowy locale my winter sewing will be pretty limited! ~Laurie

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:53h, 14 July Reply

      Many thanks for writing, Laurie! You have a fun blog going on!

  • Suzanne Parker
    Posted at 14:20h, 13 July Reply

    That looks so great! It looks good on you and what a pattern. Too much fun. I too like blue and white anything.

  • ewellons
    Posted at 14:29h, 13 July Reply

    Have I gushed enough about how cute this dress is???!!! I’m not ashamed to copy — but may have to wait til next year before doing so. Who would have ever bought this pattern based on the envelope picture? I’m thinking about a fall version — but want to see what you do first!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:54h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Cissie ~ Many thanks for the nice comment, but I’d rather wait and see what you make for fall so I can copy you 😉

  • Aileen
    Posted at 14:41h, 13 July Reply

    Love this. You look great. Spanky

    Sent from my iPad

  • lisa g
    Posted at 14:46h, 13 July Reply

    another knockout dress! love this. i was pretty underwhelmed by the pattern envelope, but your version is great!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:56h, 14 July Reply

      Many thanks, Lisa! I’ve seen similar RTW dresses so I knew what this pattern could produce. It’s really a fun garment to make 🙂

  • Maggie Edger
    Posted at 15:11h, 13 July Reply

    Love. Love. Love. This dress is so interesting. I can see why you wanted to make it. Can’t wait to see the fall/winter version. A Maggie

  • Joan
    Posted at 15:26h, 13 July Reply

    Terrific interpretation of the pattern, great fit, super flattering on you!

    May I ask: did the sleeveless version come with a neck band or neckline facing? It appears your bodice is faced, which looks clean and elegant with your stripes layout. Also, did you use a Steam a Seam when you turned under all your raw edges? They look nice and smooth, no rippled hems to detract from the layered effect.

    Any fit challenges for you?

    I purchased (shame on me) this same style in a black matte jersey from Chico’s back in April — a cute basic, and very flattering. But how much better it is to sew it oneself in an interesting layout of stripes!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:05h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Joan! I faced the sleeves and neckline using the band pattern pieces. I may follow the instructions next time but I liked this look and it was easier for me. Indeed I used Steam-a-Seam to stabilize the seams before stitching! Many thanks for writing! 🙂

  • Tia Dia
    Posted at 15:41h, 13 July Reply

    This is an amazing dress! I completely passed over this pattern because the model on Vogue’s website scared me off in her extreme size. But your version is completely stunning! I’ve actually ordered the pattern. Can’t wait to see your long-sleeved version!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:06h, 14 July Reply

      Oh wow! You’ll love this pattern and I look foward to seeing your version 🙂

  • Karen
    Posted at 15:52h, 13 July Reply

    Very eye-catching! What a fun dress in blue and white – with lots of potential in long sleeves for Fall. Can’t wait to see what colors you choose… Very good idea to finish those raw edges – it just makes it look more refined!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:07h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Karen! Many thanks for your comment ~ I’m really glad I turned those edges 🙂

  • Natalie
    Posted at 16:55h, 13 July Reply

    Have been looking at your posts for a while and quite an inspiration! Love all your projects and information. This dress is just lovely.

  • Valerie
    Posted at 17:30h, 13 July Reply

    The dress (and you) look fabulous. Not sure I have the figure for this one *sigh*

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:08h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you, Valerie! Last night I was at a casual party and someone was wearing this dress (RTW) in a much looser fit. It was so cute I might make a loose one next time 🙂

  • sewbusylizzy
    Posted at 18:10h, 13 July Reply

    I really love this in the blue stripe, it’s looks so summery & fresh!
    I ordered this last week from BMV – I fell in love with the design when it was released.
    Love this version. Suits you perfectly.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:09h, 14 July Reply

      Many thanks for your nice comment, Lizzy! You’ll look stunning in this dress 🙂

  • Joy
    Posted at 18:24h, 13 July Reply

    That is my favorite dress of all you have made! I will buy that pattern immediately! I love stripes too, and they make the dress. Was the fabric expensive? Oh, I just remembered, you get Mood for free. I’ve never ordered anything from them. Guess I better check them out.
    Did you have any fitting issues with the pattern?
    Hugs, Joy

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:11h, 14 July Reply

      Hi Joy 🙂 I did not have fitting problems with the pattern. Please check out the fabric which I linked in my post. It is $8.00 / yard ~ pretty good deal if you ask me 🙂 🙂

  • Vicki
    Posted at 18:28h, 13 July Reply

    Looks fabulous on you! Love the one colour stripe.

  • Sharon
    Posted at 19:23h, 13 July Reply

    Love your dress and the use of stripes, very cheeky dress that looks amazing on you.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:12h, 14 July Reply

      Many thanks, Sharon! I found the stripes quite fun 🙂

  • Cecil
    Posted at 20:55h, 13 July Reply

    I didn’t see the beauty of this pattern until seeing your dress. Just started following your blog and love your choices in both fabrics and style. Beautiful!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:13h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you, Cecil for the nice comment! So glad to know you are reading along 🙂

  • Dawn Redmond
    Posted at 21:10h, 13 July Reply

    I want to make a dress like yours for my daughter. I was wondering how wide are the stiripes on yours.? I’ll need to order the fabric and I thought it might help to know. It’s just a stunning dress and looks so good on you!

  • ZoSews
    Posted at 23:08h, 13 July Reply

    Fantastic dress! This is a definite winner on you.

  • Debra Hewitt
    Posted at 00:08h, 14 July Reply

    I love your dress! You look fabulous!

  • Sheila
    Posted at 08:20h, 14 July Reply

    Awesome dress…. Totally love it.

  • Julie Starr
    Posted at 09:49h, 14 July Reply

    You’ve really done perfect justice to this pattern. I didn’t think the shingling on the back would be worth the extra effort but after seeing yours I’ve definitely changed my mind. Can’t wait to do a long sleeved version for fall.

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:15h, 14 July Reply

      Thank you, Julie! I’m sure your second time around will be a smashing success!

  • Linda Craig
    Posted at 11:30h, 14 July Reply

    Wow, I would pass this pattern by, Vogue should use you! Terrific job & you look fabulous. What a cute dress.

  • Victoria
    Posted at 15:36h, 14 July Reply

    You look absolutely gorgeous Lady!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 22:16h, 14 July Reply

      Thanks, Victoria! You’d look great in this dress 🙂 🙂

  • gingermakes
    Posted at 22:26h, 14 July Reply

    I can’t get over this dress! It’s just so perfect! Summer is my favorite season by a long shot, so I’ll be really reluctant to give up summer sewing in favor of fall clothes. But this dress really takes the cake– it’s just so fabulous!

  • Gjeometry
    Posted at 23:50h, 14 July Reply

    Oh, I LOVED this Vogue pattern when it came out, and have not yet seen anybody sew it up. Yours is gorgeous. Love how the stripes create their own unique design with the pattern pieces crossing over that way. Just lovely.

  • Zurenda
    Posted at 14:18h, 15 July Reply

    What a chic dress. I think your next call is meddling, for sure

  • Heathersphere
    Posted at 16:37h, 15 July Reply

    Wow! Not only is this a very attractive dress, but this fits you beautifully. Another impressive dress!

  • Hannah
    Posted at 18:18h, 15 July Reply

    This is so cool! I’m wondering what would happen if you oriented the stripes a little off the vertical instead of a little off the horizontal, and then maybe used horizontal stripes for the underneath part. But I also love the bandage dress effect you have going on. You should post it in the sewing community on Kollabora!

  • CarolinasCallin
    Posted at 21:53h, 15 July Reply

    Oh, I LOVE this dress on you! Love the stripe – and the fit is terrific. I’d seen this pattern, but didn’t have your vision…I think it’s a great look the way you made it. Doing something similar for the fall – perfect!


  • Rosalia
    Posted at 02:56h, 19 July Reply

    You definitely inspired to make my own version in red, got the fabric this week. Question, do you usually prewash your fabric before sewing? Love the color and pattern, thanks for the inspiration!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 14:47h, 04 August Reply

      Please forgive me for not answering your question, Rosalia -I just aw this comment. I almost always prewash my fabrics before sewing and I certainly did with this one! I hope you were pleased with your red dress!

  • jillybe
    Posted at 12:51h, 21 July Reply

    Oh my gosh you ROCKED this pattern! Or this pattern and that fabric rock your curves! Or something – a huge win at any rate! I have this pattern and just haven’t been able to convince myself that it will a) look good on my body and b) that I’ll actually get use out of it…..but I don’t know – your fabulous version puts it back on the list for me….

  • AndiSocial
    Posted at 09:32h, 23 July Reply

    That dress is SO CUTE!!!! Well done!

  • Joyce Lee-W
    Posted at 14:44h, 11 August Reply

    Returning to sewing after many years away. Your blog is inspiring and helpful. Wanted to make this dress, but had concerns over the raw edges and the possibility of their curling. You gave me “permission” to hem them, solving the problem. I also think that raw edges diminish the quality look of a finished product, even though I know that Marcie Tilton and others do it. THanks. Now to figure out the fit. I don’t have your figure, darn it!!!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 09:37h, 12 August Reply

      Hi Joyce!
      Thank you so much for your comment! This dress is really easy but it is a tight fit. I was at a party several weeks ago and a twenty-something-year-old woman was wearing this dress (RTW) in a much looser fit. It was so cute that I’ve decided to make my next one larger. Her’s was in pink and navy stripes.
      Have fun and good luck!

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  • susanne
    Posted at 21:00h, 14 August Reply

    Go to the Anthropologie website and look at the Stripeway Column Dress. I plan to use this pattern to make a knockoff of that dress. Seeing your success with this pattern is a real inspiration. Thanks!

  • Jan
    Posted at 14:57h, 16 August Reply

    Very nice dress! If you were to make it a looser fit would it be just one size up from the size you made with negative ease? Love the stripes and does the pattern layout give the instructions for the stripes? Thanks.

  • Rosalia
    Posted at 14:45h, 24 August Reply

    Love this dress! What did you use to transfer the markings to the front & back? I am getting ready to work on this pattern and would like to know how you handled this process. Also you mentioned you used facings and not binding for the neck & arm openings? Would appreciate greatly you sharing this process, so that maybe my dress can look half as good as yours! Thanks a bunch!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:10h, 12 September Reply

      I missed your comment and am so sorry about that. I used a very light hand with a rotary marker and non-waxed tracing paper in a pale color. I discovered sewing the dress that the notches truly help with the placement and I’m not sure if the tracing is necessary.
      Hope I’m not too late and hope your dress turns out just the way you want it too!

  • Jean
    Posted at 21:04h, 11 September Reply

    I had just bought this pattern a few days before I saw your posting so this spurred me on. I was having my fabric cut at Mood when the cutter told me the lady next to me also asked for 3 1/4 yards. We were both buying for the same pattern and discussed this posting! Thanks for inspiring us.
    It is an extra bonus for me to read your references to SC. I lived there for my high school and college years, Irmo and USC-Cola. Loved it!

    • goodbyevalentino
      Posted at 07:14h, 12 September Reply

      What a funny coincidence!
      Though I ‘ve never lived in Columbia, one of my daughters just moved there. Hubby went to USC Law School. It’s nice and hot but a fun city 🙂
      Good luck with the dress – I hope you like sewing this pattern as much as I did and many thanks for writing!

  • Jennifer
    Posted at 09:39h, 28 January Reply

    I love the fabric choice and placement on this dress. I just picked up this pattern and I can’t wait to try it. You gave me inspiration for a summer dress as well!

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    Would it be foolish to try this pattern, as a new sewer? I just love the fabric u used!

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