Tuesday, April 10, 2012

Vogue 8686...

We recently had our annual industry day, when members of the fashion industry come to our school and give presentations on various topics.  We are also asked to make something - usually an accessory - which relates to the theme of the day.  This year's theme was sustainability, and we were asked to make an accessory using recycled materials.

I had recently shortened some leather pants to shorts length, and saved the leg pieces.  I had this "vintage vogue" pattern V8686, so decided to make the peplum from the recycled leather, and the dress from vintage fabric given to me by an elderly lady.

I decided to make a matching hat, and chose view 3 of Wearing History's "sporty toppers".  I used some of the leftover leather to trim the hat.


I was challenged by the construction techniques used, it wasn't difficult...I just had to proceed carefully and read the instructions well.  It was a challenge in a good way.  I followed the directions precisely, but shortened the sleeves as it is still quite warm here in March.  I had replaced the side splits with pleats, because I prefer pleats, but the fabric wasn't working so I went back to side splits.

I paired it with a vintage patent leather bag and shoes from my local op shop.  I just love all the design details of this dress, and think the hat makes the look.  I especially like it when my outfits are truly era specific - some vintage patterns just look great, others look absolutely from an earlier time.


  1. What a fantastic outfit! And I just love the matching hat. I'd been wondering how V8686 was made up, since the version Vogue Patterns photographed seemed to have a lot of ease. But now it looks like I need to pick up a copy!

    - Sarah @ PatternVault

    1. I wear Australian size 12, and usually make modern size 12 to 14...vogue tends to run smaller to me so I made a 14 this time.

      The fiddly bits were the design lines... often the seam allowances were pressed under before sewing in place (instead of right sides together, sew, turn out). This wasn't hard, but I did need to be more careful than I might otherwise need to be :-)

      Thanks for your lovely feedback.

  2. Well, I loved your look! I loved the way you combined the two colors and the way you styled it. The top actually looks quite trendy with the revived peplum fashion :)
    I'm tempted to buy the same pattern in the next sales from vogue patterns :D