Friday, 19 August 2011

Vogue 8555 made from Oscar de la Renta fabric!

I wanted to make a new dress to go to the Proms - something pretty and flowery, but a little bit sophisticated, would be just right for a classical concert on a summer evening. Some beautiful silk fabric, designed by Oscar de la Renta, jumped from my stash saying "make me into Vogue 8555".  So I did.

Vogue + Oscar!

I like the low back neckline!

This is my second version of this pattern, I love the pleated and gathered bodice.

Vogue 8555
I have worn the first one (blogged about here) many times, so I was keen to make another. It also meant that I wouldn't be taking too many risks with my expensive piece of designer fabric!

Last time I followed the pattern instructions exactly but I wasn't entirely happy with the zipper/lining construction, I thought it looked a little messy inside the dress. The pattern tells you to sew the zipper to both the fabric and the lining at the same time so that the zipper is outside of the lining. This time I did it differently. When I attached the lining to the dress I left a few inches of the lining for the bodice, the midriff and the skirt at the centre back unattached. I inserted the invisible zipper to the outer fabric only, then hand stitched the lining so that it enclosed the zipper. It is a bit fiddly but I think that it looks much neater if you do it this way.

Inside the dress

Anyway, here is the dress in action at the Royal Albert Hall, in Kensington, where the Proms concerts are held

Arriving at the Royal Albert Hall

In front of Kensington Gardens and the Albert Memorial

I'm hoping that Oscar would approve of what I've done with his fabric!

49 comments:

  1. It's beautiful! Oh my, the inside of the dress is perfection, too. I used to cycle past that Prince Albert Memorial when I worked in Hammersmith. The Oscar fabric is lovely. I hope you enjoyed the proms!

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  2. Eugenia you look stunning in your new dress - I'm most envious of the finish (and of your super figure in it too), great work! :)

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  3. He should. It looks gorgeous.

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  4. WOW !! What a beautiful dress. Totally in love with it and it looks just as nice on the inside as it does out. Lovely fabric, suits the pattern perfectly. You look stunning k xx

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  5. lovely ! I have always noticed that pattern, it looks great. beautiful choice fabric + style.

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  6. Beautiful dress and it looks fab on you.

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  7. What a beautiful dress , the fabric is to die for . Another winner ...do you ever make anything rubbish ???

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  8. Your dress is beautiful inside and out. What a great fashion fabric too!

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  9. I adore it. The dress and fabric. Lovely.

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  10. Really beautiful! You always do such a great job.

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  11. What a perfectly tailored dress - it looks absolutely perfect on you! I know Oscar would be proud!

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  12. Gorgeous dress with a superb fit. I think Oscar would approve!

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  13. Absolutely beautiful! Wonderful work and the perfect pairing of fabric and pattern.

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  14. It's beautiful and you look wonderful in it and it looks as good on the inside as the outside. I hope you enjoyed the proms.

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  15. Beautiful dress inside and out. You look fabulous.

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  16. Great looking dress. Perfect for a concert.

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  17. It's a beautiful dress so I'm sure that Oscar would approve! Hope you had a wonderful time!

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  18. That is really beautiful!!! I love the fabric and it fits you great.

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  19. Gorgeous! That fabric is absolutely beautiful. Of course he would approve.

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  20. Great looking dress. I liked the first one also. Love floral prints. Very flattering fit.

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  21. You look beautiful in your dress...it is gorgeous!

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  22. It looks fabulous! I love the fabric and it's a beautiful style, so flattering!

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  23. Eugenia, Eugenia, you've done it again!! This dress is absolutely beautiful on you! I hope you enjoyed the concert because you certainly looked like you should have had a wonderful time!!

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  24. You are truly a British royal when it comes to dresses. This one is a work of art. The beauty of your dress is that you could so easily take it into the cooler months with a white, black or coloured jacket.

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  25. Beautiful dress and wonderful fabric, they complement each other perfectly!

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  26. You look fabulous, the dress and pattern are a wonderful pairing. Hope you had a great night.

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  27. What a beautiful dress! You look lovely and what perfect construction! Thanks for posting.

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  28. I LOVE this dress! So fantastic and that fabric is amazing!!!

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  29. Very pretty dress, and I also prefer that method of zipper insertion. It looks so much neater on the inside!

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  30. Beautiful dress! I've looked at this pattern so many times and thought shall I, shan't I and I think I know the answer now!! Whether I can make it up to your beautiful stitching is another question. :-) The fabric bits this beautifully, love it!

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  31. That's a very pretty dress. You look like a million dollars in it.

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  32. This is beautiful. The inside is so well done you could probably wear it inside out as well...

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  33. I's such a pretty dress and looks so nice on you. I like how you treated the lining at the zipper...so neat and sharp.

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  34. Again, another lovely dress. That fabric is perfect for it.
    I hope you had a lovely time at the Proms.

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  35. Love that dress on you and Oscar would be pleased ;-)

    The lining looks divine on the inside of the dress so you did the right thing by going with your gut.

    I was wondering what a Prom was on the BBC schedule the other day and now I know...

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  36. The fit is perfect and the construction is fabulous. You look great!

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  37. That is really stunning fabric and you show it off perfectly with the pattern you chose. Beautiful work, it looks like you could almost wear it inside out!

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  38. Delicious .. What a beautiful dress! the print is really fabulous and fit of the dress is amazing, I'm sure you made ​​an impression among those attending the event and your husband is very proud to walk with you. Wonderful!

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  39. Oh it's so beautiful! Perfect dress for the events as you look ever so lovely wearing it.

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  40. Love it! You did a gorgeous job on this dress. I think Oscar would be pleased.

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  41. This is beautiful and the sewing is so fine. The lining is also so well executed, bravo!

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  42. Gorgeous! I love the fabric and pattern. might have to get the pattern!

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  43. Beautiful dress! You look absolutely amazing! I love the style and fabric!!!!

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  44. How did I miss this? Love it!

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  45. Wow, that fabric TDF. I love this dress on you.

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  46. I love this dress! The colors are beautiful and the fit perfection!

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  47. Rochia e super!si culori vii sta bine.

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