Planning projects

Vogue 8787 and Vogue 1288
When I’m not sewing, I waste spend my time daydreaming about my next sewing projects. I have these flowy silk fabrics in my stash for a while and have been thinking what I would make them into. One is black with colorful bird print, the same print as this Marc Jacobs wrap dress, and the other has pinkish nude base with black heart print, the same as this Juicy Couture dress.

I didn’t want to make copies of those dresses though, instead I’m planning to use Vogue 8787 for the bird print and Vogue 1288 for the heart print, both are Vogue 2012 spring patterns. I’ve finished watching The Couture Dress videos from the Craftsy online class that I took, and the techniques can be used to make the Vogue 8787. Vogue 1288 is quite simpler, basically a basic one piece dress with overlay. Maybe I can make this without muslin and adjust the fitting along the way (lazy me!).

I have never sewn with slippery silk before, so I’ll be browsing first for tips and tricks. Here’s some helpful posts on CraftstylishSewaholic and Colette on sewing with silk. Will I be able to conquer silk? I’m so excited!

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  • Avy

    Sounds like a nice waste of time!


  • Lovely dresses! I recently made a dress from that bird fabric. It was beautiful to sew with. You can see my dress here I chose vogue 1086.

    Love your blog. I found this post whilst googling V8787. There is only one photo on the internet so far. Super excited to see yours!

    • verypurpleperson

      Your dress is fab! The pattern you chose is perfect for the print. Thank you for sharing it, it is nice to see the fabric as a real dress. I haven’t cut the fabric yet in fear that I might ruin it >_< Your dress has just give me more reason to just go for it ^_^

  • Marilyn

    I have both patterns waiting for the perfect fabrics, I can’t wait to see your creations!!

  • I love Vogue 1288, too! Can’t wait to see yours!

  • That Vogue 1288 is gonna be off the hook! Can’t wait to see your take on it – I’ve been super curious about it since it was released.

  • Yes, silk is not nearly as fearsome as you might think. Once you complete your first silk sewing project you’ll be like, gee, why was I so afraid of it!

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Meg! I’m looking forward to experience that feeling! 😛

  • Carina S.

    Hi! I love your blog and certainly you will turn your fabrics into gorgeous creations – I also loved you illustrations – what software do you use to make them? xoxo Carina

    • verypurpleperson

      Hi Carina, I use CorelDraw to make the illustration, it’s a vector drawing program similar to Illustrator 🙂

  • Where did you get those lovely fabrics from?

    • verypurpleperson

      I got them from ebay.

  • Bri

    I adore your bird fabric, so pretty and even more so as a finished garment you can wear! I had some silk I stitched into pants and I just winged it and everything went fine, but good luck none the less!

  • I have the same bird fabric and I was looking for the right pattern for it. Yours is very cute and I’m eager to see how it turns out! Will you be underlining the dress? Thanks for sharing!

    • verypurpleperson

      I will underline the bird fabric with silk organza for more structure. Looking forward to yours too!

  • i have no doubt you’ll annihilate that silk (in the best sense of the word). meg @ mood just did an excellent post on working with silks over at the mood blog.

    • verypurpleperson

      Thank you Oona! I’ve checked them out and they’re surely great! ^_^