Vogue 8787: Asymmetry

21 Jan

Vogue 8787

Pattern: Vogue 8787

Fabric: Blue ponte from Fabricmart


I’m not usually drawn to asymmetry.  I generally prefer both sides of my neckline the same, because I fear looking like a kooky artist (even if that’s what I am!)  I really liked this pattern though.  I was going to make the version with the drape neckline, but I decided to try something different.  Happily, I think it turned out well – I really like this dress!

I made a few alterations to the pattern.  Since my ponte was a medium to heavy-weight, I knew that I wouldn’t want to line it.  That was fine, but I had to figure out what to do with the neckline!  I decided to do a bias facing, so I removed most of the seam allowance in order to sew a 1/4 inch seam there.  Because of the way the bodice is constructed (with a seam at the corner of the square) it’s relatively easy to bind the square neckline.  You don’t even have to reinforce/clip the corner because it’s already open!  Just be sure to sew that seam up to 1/4 inch away, but not all the way to the edge.  Here is how mine came out:

vogue 8787

After sewing on the bias (and stretching the corner apart to sew a straight seam – similar to a v neck) I pressed the seam towards the facing, rolled the entire facing to the inside, and topstitched 1/4 inch away from the edge.  I then trimmed the leftover facing right next to the facing on the inside.  I’ve done this treatment several times (I’ve made several Vogue patterns that use it.)  It isn’t neat looking on the inside like a traditional bias binding, but it is faster.  And I’ll be honest – if I know the insides will not show, I will worry about it being sturdy, and not really care if the edge still showing.  Ponte doesn’t ravel, so it doesn’t require seam finishing.

I opted for the long sleeves, which wasn’t one of the views with listed yardages.  I ended up using nearly the full 3 yards of fabric I had bought.  Why is that?  Because of the skirt.  It’s very full and heavy, and it takes up lots of fabric to cut properly:
vogue 8787

After the dress was mostly completed I let it hang in my closet for a week.  Since the skirt is heavy and has bias pieces, it could have stretched out unevenly.  I didn’t want to have to redo my hem, so I always recommend hanging full skirts for a few days.  Luckily, this one did not stretch out of shape.  I ended up removing 4 inches in length, so that the dress would clear my knees.  It’s a little bit longer than it looks on the package, but not outrageous (I’m 5’8″ tall, if that helps!)

I cut a straight size 8 with no alterations.  I considered taking some width from the underarms, as they are a little loose, but I decided that I valued the comfort of the dress.  I also omitted the center back zipper and cut the pieces on the fold.  It is a little tight to get into, but it’s fine once it’s on, and I’d rather not have a zipper in a knit.
Vogue 8787

I have not hemmed the sleeves.  I have long arms, and I like where they are now.  I will probably leave them that way.

One final thing to be aware of – you cannot wear a normal bra with this neckline.  I’m wearing a strapless, and I’m fine with that, but it will expose any straps.

Overall I highly recommend this pattern.  I think it’s different enough to be fashionable, but it’s comfy (in a knit) and easy to construct.  I want to go ahead and make that other view – wouldn’t the drape neck look lovely in a black ponte?


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26 Responses to “Vogue 8787: Asymmetry”

  1. Rachel January 21, 2013 at 6:20 pm #

    I love that. You look really nice in blue. I am planning to make both versions of that pattern eventually.

  2. Dixie January 21, 2013 at 6:29 pm #

    What a gorgeous color, and yes, it does look good on you. I love the style of this dress. It’s very flattering. Nice!

  3. Nothy January 21, 2013 at 6:37 pm #

    The colour and the cut of that dress are great for you! Bravo!

  4. Amanda January 21, 2013 at 6:47 pm #

    This looks fantastic in the ponte- such a lovely drape in the skirt! Thank you for the tips regarding the bra- I am contemplating this pattern so this is something to consider!

  5. dressesandme January 21, 2013 at 6:50 pm #

    Very pretty! The colour looks great on you :-)

  6. Susan Davis aka Knitters-Delight January 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm #

    That looks great on you!

  7. Yana January 21, 2013 at 8:17 pm #

    Lovely dress and beautiful colour. The cowl variation in black will look great too.

  8. Marie January 21, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    Great job! It looks lovely on you! I think the colour, shape and drape are just right.

  9. angelynnk January 21, 2013 at 10:09 pm #

    Nice dress, it really reminds me of Counselor Troi on TNG but in a 21st century way. :-)

  10. Eva Halloween January 21, 2013 at 11:28 pm #


  11. sewexhausted January 21, 2013 at 11:41 pm #

    Beautiful color and I really like the neckline. Makes the dress unique but very wearable… -L

  12. Kati January 22, 2013 at 2:46 am #

    I like the dress and the whole outfit too-works great with the leggings and boots!

  13. Aline January 22, 2013 at 2:47 am #

    It is really lovely, what a beautiful color and fit.

  14. Karin January 22, 2013 at 2:51 am #

    This dress really suits you. The colour, fit and style are all just spot on! Lovely!

  15. Crafty Minx January 22, 2013 at 3:50 am #

    This is adorable! I was wondering about this pattern the other day and couldn’t make up my mind. But now I definitely want it! Great job.

  16. Donna January 22, 2013 at 4:38 am #

    Ooh, I really like it! That may have me wandering into Vogueland (well, one day) :)

  17. Laura January 22, 2013 at 4:45 am #

    This is lovely!

  18. Sam January 22, 2013 at 5:25 am #

    This looks lovely on you. I’ve just finished a teal dress – one of my favourite colours!

  19. Jenny January 22, 2013 at 7:44 am #

    Beautiful dress! I really like the watery blue color (at least that’s how the color looks here. I have that pattern somewhere and suddenly want one, as often happens when I see your creations. :-)

  20. knitmidleton January 22, 2013 at 8:07 am #

    The dress really suits you. I’d love to be able to make something that fits so well.

  21. Lisette January 22, 2013 at 9:20 am #

    As usual, the pattern photo makes me want to yak and your version makes me want to run right out and make my own.

  22. gingermakes January 22, 2013 at 11:55 am #

    This is so pretty! You look great!

  23. Victoria January 22, 2013 at 5:50 pm #

    You look great in this dress! So pretty!

  24. fangaroni January 22, 2013 at 10:52 pm #

    Thanks for the review! It looks so comfy and has a unique neckline. you’ve inspired me to pull out my own copy of this pattern… also your boots were a great investment!

  25. Jenny January 22, 2013 at 11:35 pm #

    Pretty! I just got this pattern… I really like your version!

  26. Elizabeth January 23, 2013 at 1:07 am #

    Beautiful dress! I love that color on you.

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