Tuesday, 22 July 2014

V8806 Dress

Dear Bloggers,

I've had V8806 in my pattern stash ever since it came out and always thought it would make a good beach dress/swim cover up garment.

Of course it would make a good casual summer dress with hood as a fashion statement. At the end of our previous Aussie summer I dithered about thinking it would be great made up in my teal linen but at the end I could not, wanting to keep it for a shirt (it became the  teal linen Archer shirt) so the dithering continued.

Then in our autumn I joined a gym. There is a long cold corridor between the sauna and the indoor pool and I never bothered getting my towel out of my locker, preferring one dash to two but I  came up with the idea of making V8806 out of some double sided terry toweling from E.M. Greenfields, Sydney and make what is essentially a long hoodie.

Posing on my balcony early this morning, pretending it's summer..

Regarding the gorgeous terry toweling I knew this material, double sided and lush, was really too thick for sewing any sort of garment and that I should be making a poncho with a hood, if anything, but when I pre washed it the pile settled down a bit so I went ahead. Oh my! So hard. It took endless patience and a walking foot and much kicking of self. I eliminated the shoulder dart and the hood dart by folding them out before cutting and during construction I almost left out the zip to make this a throw on. But I was determined to finish it and finish it I did. I added two little round 'grommet' buttonholes that my Bernina can do to the hood on the outside of the hood edge hem allowance for a white drawstring to tie in visually with the zip. 

I love the pattern. As a dress in linen or hemp or bamboo it would be great. I love how the hood falls (see side view). I already have some hemp with this pattern's name on it. 

The pattern instructs you to line the bodice and hood to give a clean finish for the hood/neck junction but even on a summer fabric I think I would use only one layer for our hot summers and just bind the neckline in self bias.

The other thing is this dress needs pockets in the side seams but there was no way I was even going to do patch pockets on this toweling. The other problem with this dress is that once I have it on I don't want to take it off. That says something :))

It could become a house dress in the tradition of 'I don't know what I am going to wear today but I can actually open the front door in this if I have to'. Like in the fifties. Not everything about that era worn by our mothers or grandmothers was glamourous, kids.

Keep on sewing
and carry on..
Or words to that effect..



  1. This is just perfect..SO cute.. Sorry it was so hard to sew.

  2. This is the perfect weekend dress. I want one myself. Love it.

  3. I never would have noticed that pattern but now I want it. Made up in linen. It would be the perfect summer dress! I love the hood.

  4. Perfect cover up and in hemp or linen for summer would be very cool. Love how the hood drapes.

  5. You are very brave posing outside in this, you must have been freezing! Great idea for a pool coverup, the fabric sounds very plush

  6. This is a brilliant solution for the sauna dash, Val, and looks very smart. I remember making a similar shift dress with hood, way back in the 70s. No doubt, fashion goes around and comes around. xx

  7. Wonderful! And I admire that you stuck with it. You don't look at all cold!

  8. It looks very comfy and cosy. My type of garment. I have had a thing about hoodies and sewn one this year. I must post do a post.

  9. Looks great! It would be nice pool-side too. Great for answering the door - I need something like that! I do remember that my grandmother had a virtual wardrobe full of flowery snap-front house dresses. This, I think, is a bit more stylish and comfortable!

  10. Terry cloth was a great idea for your pool cover-up version of this dress!

  11. I like it. I understand about not wanting to take it off. I have several versions of front zip dresses/loungers. They're kinda like an in-between when you don't want to walk around in sleepwear, yet you want to feel comfortable.

  12. Wow, your persistence really paid off. It looks great, and I hope you enjoy wearing it; I know I would!