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What I wore: Paper Crane fifties style dress (Vogue 8615)

Vogue 8615
Vogue 8615
Vogue 8615
Vogue 8615

I made this dress! It is by far the fanciest and most well finished thing I’ve sewn! I made it in a class at red thread studio, where I made my bright orange maxi dress in the spring. Amazingly, Lauren has moved the studio from its original Causewayside location further out of town onto West Mayfield, just five minutes from my house. The new studio looks amazing, same number of spaces but so much more space the spread out on now!

I’d booked myself into the class after the spring one finished because I knew I was going to have finished the economics degree by then so would deserve a treat. I realised immediately after I booked it that there was a good chance I would be pregnant by this point, but then there was always a chance I wasn’t going to be and so I didn’t ask for a refund. In the end, I found out I was pregnant in the first week of the class and couldn’t very well not mention my expanding boobs and bump, so I actually announced the pregnancy to the girls in the class at just six weeks. Which obviously isn’t ideal but thankfully turned out ok. It also meant that the class coincided with the worst of the morning sickness, unfortunately. So I didn’t get the full benefit of Lauren’s amazing cakes, because I was totally off craving sugar. I was also feeling completely exhausted and the only was I could make it to 9pm was by having a nap before I went to out at 7. Just as well the place is just round the corner from me! (And Dave was amazing, being landed with all the Milo watching and housework during those weeks).

Anyway, enough nausea chat, I’d rather forget about that! So, the dress: it’s Vogue 8615. The fabric is a quilting cotton with paper cranes on I spent far too much on in Paris. I really should have taken a close up picture, shouldn’t I? The pattern is for a lined dress, but Lauren changed it to have facings instead so we could manage it during the 6 week course, so quilting cotton was perfect.

The waist is high in this dress, which means the bump is hidden in the skirt, which makes this more forgiving than you might think of a fifties style. I was very surprised when I tried it on during the last class and it fit, and even more surprised when it still fit my five weeks later. I’ve worn it three times so far, once randomly at the weekend, once to my work Christmas night out and once to go to the Witchery on pre-Hogmanay (totally a thing), shown here. By which point I was 15 weeks. I’ve packed it away now though.

There were a few adjustments, not all of which I can remember. Definitely shortened the bodice at the shoulders. The fit is pretty good despite the changing body (I guess we’ll have to see what it’ll be like after the picobee), although the bust darts are not quite in the right place, and it doesn’t quite sit stable on the shoulders. I think that’s more boat necks in general though than a fit issue, they are supposed to sit across the shoulders aren’t they. I did make some mistakes as well: although I thought I’d paid attention when I cut the pieces, one half of the dress (both the bodice and skirt are in four pieces) has the paper cranes upside down. Since the pattern is quite small, it’s not massively noticeable, but still, it’s a silly mistake and doubley annoying since I had plenty of fabric to play with.

Couple of extra shots:

1. With jacket, while this does not go at all, this is the last photo of this jacket as it’s now too tight to wear and I’ve moved on to a maternity one, which I will show you soon

Vogue 8615

2. On the dress’s first outing, before the bump was quite so bumpy, one month before, so week 11. The phototaking was curtailed before we could get any better ones because the neighbours were milling around in their front porch and Dave refused to take any more.

Vogue 8615

Outfit stats:
* dress – me-made * shoes – clarks * jacket – c/o. Joules * bag – scaramanga*

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  • Hannah 19 January 2015, 3:24 pm

    This dress is amazing. Double amazing given that you were in your first trimester when you made it. I think I went to bed every night at 7pm in those first weeks. x
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    • Franca 19 January 2015, 3:56 pm

      Thank you! I definitely wouldn’t have done it without a class!

  • Nessa 19 January 2015, 8:27 pm

    Looks amazing on you! Love that fabric! Very clever to get the hem so horizontal with your baby bump.

    • Franca 20 January 2015, 9:05 am

      Cheers! The hem was not intentional, it must be just that there’s enough fabric for the bump not to matter. I’m hoping that it’ll be straight post bump!

  • Jessica 19 January 2015, 9:29 pm

    Gorgeous! What a fantastic garment!

  • Lauren 20 January 2015, 9:58 am

    So impressed Franca! I found out the other day that in Asia the Crane symbolises happiness & youth – I think this is quite fitting considering your wee bump! 🙂 Thanks for being a sewing trooper during morning sickness and for your support at Red Thread!

    • Franca 20 January 2015, 10:46 am

      You’re most welcome, and I’ll happily come back if you do more advanced courses!

  • Helen 20 January 2015, 8:59 pm

    This is beautiful. I love the first photo in the post! Hope it still fits well post baby!

    • Franca 21 January 2015, 8:30 pm

      So do I 🙂

  • Sarah O 21 January 2015, 3:20 pm

    This dress is amazing and looks great on you! Well done you!

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