Vogue 8827: recital dress

7 Oct


Pattern: Vogue 8827

Fabric: Polyester Peachskin, 3 yards

Notions: Grosgrain ribbon (for ties


This was not a fun project at all, but I must admit that I love the results!  8827 was my initial favorite from the fall vogue patterns – I like the loose silhouette and the asymmetrical drape.  It looked very modern, and I immediately pegged the long version as a great informal recital dress.  I’m going on tour again this spring (in Germany, Austria, the Czech Republic and Slovakia) and I need dresses that look elegant but will not wrinkle.  To that end I picked up a polyester peachskin.

Peachskin isn’t exactly fun to sew, but it is better than most polyester fabrics IMO.  My advice for sewing peachskin:

1. Use a Microtex needle (to avoid skipped stitches)

2. Pin Sparingly (because pin marks are permanent!)  

3. Best for drapey styles (does not really hold a crease).

4. It will pucker when you sew, but it goes away with ironing (use steam!) Works better with the serger.

5.  Attracts static like mad!

I constructed most of the dress on my serger.  As I said above, the fabric puckers, but I had no issue pressing that out.  I had a little more trouble on the seams that had to be sewn on the machine.


I had issues with the pattern.  It’s fairly well drafted, but the instructions are a bit nonsensical.  I would not recommend, no matter what it says, making this from a jersey – there is a lot of hand sewing and pressing that will not work!  I topstitched the front edges to attempt to keep them in place – between that, the belt, and being caught in the hem they stay well.  The pattern wants you to slip stitch them to the dress, which might work on the short version, but there’s no way it wouldn’t pull at this length and weight.  I removed a good 2.5″ of ease from the sleeve caps (peachskin does not ease, nope.)  My belt is quite a bit longer than called for – I wrapped it twice and tied in the front like an obi.  This keeps it secure without the need for a closure on the outside (the insides are closed with a piece of ribbon sewn to the seam allowances.

You can see that it has a little static issue above – it’s better with tights.  It seems to be a time of conquering fears – both this and my coat contain my biggest sewing issue, the inset corner.  I found this video from threads and want to try it, but I can’t buy cotton organdy locally.  I will have to get some and try it out!  This time I managed, but it isn’t the best looking collar ever.

I do recommend the pattern, because I love the style, but it’s probably good to be forewarned that the directions aren’t the greatest.  I’m very excited to wear this to sing!

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29 Responses to “Vogue 8827: recital dress”

  1. Elizabeth October 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm #

    Wow! I love this dress. The bodice and neckline are stunning. Thanks for the warnings about the pattern instructions and fabric selection. Break a leg!

  2. gingermakes October 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    Wow, this is so elegant! You’ll feel so polished and chic singing in this!

  3. Rachel October 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm #

    That is so elegant!!! I love it.

  4. Renee October 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm #

    Beautiful dress! It looks really fantastic on you. I’m glad you were able to work around the frustrations with the pattern.

  5. Bold Sewist October 7, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    That dress is stunning – and perfect for recitals!

  6. CGCouture October 7, 2012 at 5:06 pm #

    Gorgeous! And if you need a travelling buddy, I would be absolutely thrilled to fill that role, I might be able to fit in a suitcase….. :-P

  7. Crystal October 7, 2012 at 5:36 pm #

    Wow, that turned out amazing! I may have to remember this pattern for a future choir gown. The first thing I made for myself last December was a choir gown, which is a bit ambitious for a first project, but it turned out and now I have the most unique, fun-to-wear garment for our performances, too. I used New Look 6000 made floor length out of black wool blend crepe or suiting with black velvet for the collar and cuffs. I love it! But I am sure sometime down the road I’ll get the itch to try something new and this one you’ve made is very modern and elegant.

  8. caronss October 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm #

    That is absolutely beautiful!

  9. Eileensews October 7, 2012 at 6:30 pm #

    Wow!!! You look lovely.

  10. Carolyn October 7, 2012 at 7:55 pm #

    You look stunning in this dress! A dress that turned out so much better than the pattern illustrations and photos. Lovely!

  11. Sew Me Love October 7, 2012 at 11:15 pm #

    So drapey and beautiful x

  12. Sam October 8, 2012 at 12:58 am #

    Gorgeous! I know you had plenty of problems with the pattern, but it looks like the end result was worth the stress!

  13. emma hood October 8, 2012 at 2:06 am #

    absolutely gorgeous, well done!!! x

  14. Donna October 8, 2012 at 3:14 am #

    Beautiful results! I can already picture you wearing it in the Czech Republic :)

  15. azterya October 8, 2012 at 3:53 am #

    It’s beautiful and so are you.

  16. velosewer October 8, 2012 at 4:58 am #

    This is such an elegant look for you.

  17. liza jane October 8, 2012 at 6:13 am #

    Gorgeous! I love the draped neckline.

  18. Mary October 8, 2012 at 9:20 am #

    When I scrolled down to the first photo and saw your big smile and the great dress, my first thought was “Fabulous!” Your smile speaks of feeling really great about yourself in that dress which will obviously transfer itself to your singing. Great job. Happy Tunes.

  19. Hollyrolly October 8, 2012 at 11:53 am #

    I don’t normally comment although I love following your blog but just had to say that that dress is stunning you look amazing!

  20. Zoe October 8, 2012 at 1:26 pm #

    Like a John singer sergeant portrait. Beautiful!

  21. Leah October 8, 2012 at 5:26 pm #

    Lovely! You look amazing in it, so polished and put together. Even if it wasn’t the best pattern, you are always a sewing inspiration! Thank you for another one!

  22. Carolyn October 12, 2012 at 8:40 pm #

    Wow, this is absolutely lovely! You look so chic in this beautifully elegant dress! I’m tempted to make one too, except I do not have very many occasions to look this glamorous :)

  23. Nikki October 13, 2012 at 4:49 am #

    What a stunning dress! I made my own long black concert dress about four or five years ago, I know how difficult it is to find a pattern which is elegant, comfortable (ie room to sing and breathe in) and not over the top and also fabric which won’t crease when it’s stuck in a case/bag for ages. I love this! Wonder if it’s time for a new concert dress for me? :-)

  24. inglesidebelle October 13, 2012 at 10:00 am #

    Beautiful dress! It suits you perfectly. Thanks for the tips about sewing with peachskin. I have some that is going to be a skirt for my daughter. One question: did you line your dress? If so, with what?

    • stitchywitch October 14, 2012 at 1:22 am #

      I didn’t line the dress – peachskin is pretty heavy for a poly. If I were looking to line I would have used bemberg rayon (I use it in everything!)

  25. Tani@Tagana Rose October 14, 2012 at 1:16 am #

    Gorgeous dress! You did such a brilliant job!

  26. Maureen October 17, 2012 at 4:43 am #

    This is one of my favorite things you have made. It’s beautiful!

  27. Susan Walls November 4, 2012 at 11:11 am #

    I wandered into your blog searching sewing blogs through google. Just had to say this dress is absolutely gorgeous! Great work!

  28. cryogenius December 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm #

    I am here because of a Google search on “Vogue V8827.” Your results came out very well! My wife is sewing that pattern this afternoon and she says they made a mistake on the pattern, something to do with piece 7, where one of the pieces should be flipped but is shown not to be flipped on the cutting pattern. You are not the only one to have difficulties with this pattern!

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