Dress blog

Vogue 8689

I’ve used this pattern a few times, in fact I’m on my second one as the other one was a little worn.  It’s a great basic shirt pattern with a few options and cup sizes.

This is my lovely sister modelling the shirt for me.
I couldn’t pattern match easily as the repeat was too big and would have taken far too much material so I just made sure that the large circles were sort of in the same place.


I have made it using the instructions as written but also sometimes my own way.  I now use a different method for the collar, see this tutorial from Four Square Walls.

For this version I used a lovely vintage patterned silk crepe de chine from Til the Sun Goes Down which I bought at The Stitching and Knitting Show in Harrogate.  I used silk organza for the interfacing as it gives a nice crisp finish to the collar and cuffs.  For this version I decided to do mock felled seams (I serged the seam then topstitched) as I wanted to use my new overlocker/serger.  I also reversed the construction of the front band and stitched in the ditch as I didn’t want to topstitch.

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I basted the organza onto the fashion fabric with silk thread in a bright colour so I could easily remove it after stitching.

I basted the front band to keep everything in place until after I’d finished the buttonholes.



Overall I was pleased with the result but in the end it was slightly too long for me so I gave it to my sister who was very happy!

Below are two previous versions.

1 copy
This was the first one I made and I flat-felled the seams as per the instructions.  It’s a silk Georgette.
2181bLD0RMyFyCciwT3erg copy
This was a bit of an experiment using silk Chantilly lace and silk satin cuffs and collar.  I used silk organza as interfacing and for the yoke as support.
I even made a cute cat version for my lovely sister!

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