Floral DIY V9075… (Again!)

Floral V9075In Texas summer lasts into September and sometimes even October, so I’m prepping for the end of my summer sewing.

After eyeing this this floral print from Hancock, I finally decided to get it.¬† I’m not¬†a floral fabric type of girl… but I liked it!¬† I had a maxi skirt in mind and even started cutting the fabric, but deep down, I wanted another dress!

I really think this Vogue 9075, View A is going to be a staple in my closet – regardless of the season. It’s everything I like in a dress. It’s feminine with the fitted bodice, spacious through the skirt and pockets!!

Quick Note: ¬†This floral print is a linen with slight 2-way stretch. Compared to using crepe for this pattern, I actually favor the crepe’s drape and flow but for the structured bodice, the linen is the obvious choice.¬†

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V8998 with Pleated Skirt

It’s Dressmaking Time!

With midi skirts plastered all over Pinterest,¬†I’ve been wanting to incorporate this look¬†into a dress too…¬†The circle skirt is such a great look for Spring and Summer months.¬† It’s feminine and versatile.

See the look!


Sew The Look!

With this look in mind, I brought Vogue Pattern 8998 out from hiding.  I first made this dress last summer for my trip to NYC.


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I found some scrap fabric in my stash Рa cream colored woven rayon blend for the bodice.  For the waistband and skirt, I used a knit suiting fabric with tribal print.

Pattern Alterations:

  • Self drafted the skirt by adding 8 box pleats,
  • Added pockets to the side seams, using Vogue 8909 pocket pattern,
  • Added a 25′ exposed zipper to the back seam,
  • Rolled Hem,
  • Removed 8′ from the length of the skirt,
  • Lined the bodice & waistband with the same fabric as exterior &
  • Removed the skirt lining.

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V8998 with Pleated Skirt

V8998 with Pleated Skirt

I am in complete LOVE with box pleats and the volume they give!!  Click here to see my first skirt.
V8998 with Pleated Skirt

Pattern Review:

Since I’ve tried this pattern before, it was much easier the 2nd time around.¬† The bodice can get a little tricky to new sewists, when joining the front bodice to the back bodice at the shoulders.¬†¬† This pattern does have some slipstitching involved as well.¬†¬†¬†I definitely struggled with this the first time around, but after more experience it wasn’t that bad.

Please Note:¬† Vogue/McCall Pattern Company categorizes this pattern as easy, which is different from very easy and in my opinion is more intermediate than beginner/very easy – for those that aren’t too familiar with picking patterns according to how companies scale them.

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Are the instructions easy to follow?

  • Yes.

Tip:¬†¬†If you’re ever working with several pattern pieces (typical of garments with linings), I would suggest that you assemble all major pieces together, while you’re working through¬†the steps.¬† For example – bodice, bodice lining; skirt, skirt lining & then attach per directions.¬† This is¬†a strategy I use¬†to cut down on time spent.

Will I make this pattern again?

  • I may use this pattern to make another replica of my look again.¬† I love the pleated skirt and the fullness it gives.

Overall, V8998 is such a classic pattern and is a great feature to any wardrobe.

Adjusting patterns & making them into your own is a great way to explore your creative side and test yourself as a designer.  It can be challenging, but so rewarding!

Please let me know what you think of this look below!   A video on how I make box pleats is coming soon!


Box Pleated Midi Skirt

As you can see,¬† A Fashion Addict has gone through some serious cosmetic changes. ¬†A face lift!¬† Take a few minutes to take a look around & check out the new features. ¬†My hope is that you can find everything you’re looking for with ease & more importantly, want to come back for more ūüôā

My current & latest obsession is box pleats!! I like the structured look that it adds, especially to skirts. They’re easy to create and there’s no pattern needed. ¬†Even better, right?

Here’s the look that inspired me…

pleated leather

Shop the look:  Sacks Fifth Ave  $495 Pleated Leather Skirt

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