V9000 and The Big Vintage Sew-along


Wow I can’t believe my turn on the Vintage Sew-along blogger tour has come around. I hope you like what I have to share. (Sadly I’m back to taking my own pictures. Sorry about that. And the weather was awful so I had to take the pics inside. Extra sorry about that.)

almond rock v9000 vintage sew-along sew essential

So I became very interested when I saw V9000. It made me think about my version of V1044, probably because of the grown on sleeves. It went on the shortlist (thinking, well surely I’ll be swayed into making one of the other patterns) but I kept coming back to that lovely flat collar and full panelled skirt.

almond rock V9000 Big Vintage Sew-along John Kaldor Sew Essential

In all honesty I don’t think fully buttoned shirts suit me. I have a very short neck and when I’ve tried them before I just feel claustrophobic. So I thought a high buttoned FLAT collar could be the answer.

almond rock V9000 Big Vintage Sew-along John Kaldor Sew Essential

As you can tell I rounded the pattern pieces using a French curve and trimmed some height of the rest of the collar (probably too much) to create something a little reminiscent of Marilyn Monroe’s outfit here. I wanted to go for classic black and white but resisted for a pop of colour.

The panelled skirt is great for narrow fabrics while still achieving that full skirted effect and comes together so easily.

almond rock v9000 vintage sew-along sew essential

In terms of sizing the bodice is a size 8 at the shoulders a 10 around the body and a 14 around the waist. I didn’t adjust the length of the bodice or skirt amazingly. As a shorty I normally reduce the length of skirts as a rule but I really like the length of this dress. It fits fantastically when I wear the right bra – aka not the one from these pics. Isn’t it amazing how much of a difference that makes!

almond rock V9000 Big Vintage Sew-along John Kaldor Sew Essential

This John Kaldor microfibre is medium weight, glossy and a bit stretchy (like cotton sateen) with the drape of polyester. This print is called Ursula in burgundy and the fabric is from Sew Essential, priced £10.56 per metre.

The fabric print is large and abstract enough to avoid print matching. I think it looks like a papercut in a way. Or a hamsa tattoo?

almond rock V9000 Big Vintage Sew-along John Kaldor Sew Essential

Then I used plain black polyester from my stash for the collar and the self covered buttons, with a red invisible zip and red thread (almost all of my habby supplies were from Sew Essential in fact). I used some bias binding from my stash to hem the skirt.

Is it just me that overlooked how many awesome John Kaldor prints they have? OMG – I’m going back for some of those other floral and painterly prints. And it’s nice to pick up everything you need for a project in one place.

almond rock v9000 big vintage sew-along sew essential john kaldor

SO would you make this dress? Or have any of the other patterns from the BVSA Edit caught your fancy? I’d love to know.

Please take a look at the Edit on the Vintage Sewalong site because a proportion of proceeds from the pattern sales are going to a fantastic charity, The Eve Appeal as the work they’re doing into gynaecological cancer detection, education and prevention will surely resonate with the predominantly female sewing community.

Keep looking out for Sew-along posts because there are a lot of talented bloggers still to come and I can’t wait to see their makes. Here’s my moody shot to finish hehehe.

almond rock V9000 Big Vintage Sew-along John Kaldor Sew Essential

(17) Comments

  1. Amazing, Amy! Love that fabric & it made up so well. Good job!

  2. Amy it is beautiful! Another vintage sewing triumph for you to add to your list! It must be hard choosing which one to wear!

  3. The Stylish Stitcher says:

    I love this. It looks gorgeous in you.

  4. Gorgeous. Love the pattern in that fabric – I think I’m too easily swayed by pattern illustrations as I would have never thought to pair them. It looks almost lacey in these photos – lovely.

  5. Very chic Amy! x

  6. Such a beautiful dress & fabric. Tempted to try this one myself now!


  7. Evelyn says:

    Love the dress. You’ve inspired me to get the pattern!

  8. Claire Ross says:

    Beautiful. What a gorgeous dress x

  9. Naomi says:

    Only just reading the blog post now as my computer was getting fixed. I really love this colour on you! The dress you made a wee while back that was a similar colour was one of my favourite of yours too. And the high neck doesn’t look bad at all. Love it!

  10. Wow! You look stunning. Love that sewing patterns. Love the cut and print.

  11. Charlotte says:

    Love that dress! Like you I keep coming back to it and seeing your version has confirmed my pattern choice.

  12. Elizabeth says:

    It looks lovely

  13. julia rushing says:

    That color makes your skin glow. really nice.

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    1. almondrock says:

      Wow love your version! I LOVE AGATHA CHRISTIE too!! Perfect combo. Nice to see it in a lighter more summery fabric too. Great work. Are you going to make another?

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