Marcy Tilton for Vogue V8813 Dress in Cheetah Print Knit
Pullover dress (semi-fitted through bust) has shirred front extending into back collar, side-front seams, draped lower side-front with pockets, and stitched hems. A: Pleat and button trim on pockets. A, C: Narrow hem on cap sleeves. B: Three-quarter length sleeves. C: Contrast fabrics.
This pattern comes in two different sizes: Size Y is from XS – M, and Size ZZ is L to XXL. Bonnie made this version in an XL, but ended up sizing down to a Large.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Yes, but only after alterations were made! Bonnie took the dress in quite a bit in order for it to fit better and to flatter.
Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, these instructions were clear, especially the instructions for gathering the bodice pieces.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
This pattern is very voluminous, which looked great on someone tall (like Kate!), but it could overwhelm a shorter person.
An Abstract Cheetah Print Sweater Knit in Blue, Cream and Black. It’s a super-soft, drapey polyester/rayon/spandex-blend knit that worked perfectly for this pattern! Plus. it doesn’t wrinkle and is wash-and-wear, making it nice and low-maintenance.
Pattern Alterations or any design changes you made:
Bonnie made quite a few alterations to this pattern so that it would look like the picture pattern envelope. She took it in to a size Large in most places (from an XL), and took in a full 12″ at the hem, tapering the side seams up to the pockets. Even though Kate is tall, it was just way too much fabric! She also chose to do French seams for the back center seam and shoulders to give the dress a nice finish.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Bonnie would make this again, but with modifications. In addition to the changes she made, she recommends sizing down the pockets as well (again, just too much fabric). For the right person (i.e., tall!), this is a fun, comfortable pattern that can be dressed up or down. It looks great with leggings, and the easy-care fabric makes it great for travel.