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Red triumph

Added Jun 6, 2010

by frkbustad

Bergen, Norway






How much trouble hasn’t this dress given me? It nearly made me loose the belief in commercial patterns, it made me realise that I’m quite a slipshod (because I can’t be bothered to read instructions and sew-as-I-go) and even though I got my costume designer friend and fit guru to help me out, I nearly gave up. The celebration of a good friend’s 30th birthday was in the end what trigged me to finish this. And I have to admit that I’m quite pleased with the result.
When I cut the pattern, I shortened the back piece about one inch, but still it seems to crawl a little up the back. The front darts are a little bit too high for my natural bust point, but the curve looks OK. I like the flaps on the front piece, but I had to fasten them to the front piece to make them look nice. I don’t know what the instruction says about this…

I’d love to make a version of the original V8280 wiggle dress, but I know I’d have to do some serious tissue/muslin fitting, so I might just alter my basic block instead…

Material Notes

Cotton satin stretch from Stof2000




Garment Type
Classic, Evening Wear, Preppy
Cotton, Satin


Vogue Patterns

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    May 14, 2012, 12.09 PMby wintersky

    what a pretty dress :D

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    May 14, 2012, 12.08 PMby wintersky

    what a pretty dress :D

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    Mar 13, 2012, 03.00 AMby olystyrene

    Good work! Your perseverance paid off because the end result is stunning!

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    Jul 3, 2010, 03.32 PMby imvisible

    really really beautifull!

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    Jun 9, 2010, 03.50 PMby melisloppa

    For et stoff! Og for noen strømper! Og ikke minst – for ei dame!

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      Jun 9, 2010, 09.18 PMby frkbustad

      Tusen takk! Så søt du er!

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    Jun 8, 2010, 04.36 PMby elayne0

    Beautiful. I love it

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    Jun 8, 2010, 02.37 PMby keren

    Sorry for your troubles!!! But the end result is beautiful! Sexy, pretty, feminine. Looks amazing! And the color is perfect!

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    Jun 7, 2010, 06.55 PMby clabrazil

    Suits you perfectly. I love your style!

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    Jun 7, 2010, 06.43 PMby apfelbluete

    It ist indeed a triumph! This color is yours! no need to think about the correct fit. everything is perfekt! wow! wow! wow!

    P.S. the demonstrated effect of red color to men as you know? ;-)

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    Jun 7, 2010, 02.44 PMby sunnilj9

    I have to admit that it was so worth it! I mean, look at the way it fits you and flatters all your curves and the color is just gorgeous on you! You look like a million bucks! Fantastic job!

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      Jun 7, 2010, 02.48 PMby frkbustad

      Thanks a lot!

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    Jun 7, 2010, 09.28 AMby olystyrene

    You would never have known the dress was so much hassle! It looks fantastic! The colour is so vibrant and the cut is hot hot hot!

    P.S. I was wearing the same stockings today!

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    Jun 7, 2010, 08.29 AMby sokkenmonster

    Wow, this dress is amazing! And the stockings are pretty too :)

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    Jun 7, 2010, 08.06 AMby irmchen

    wow !!! I already saw this dress, V8280 yesterday at PatternReview.com. Have to sew a dress for a friends 40th birthday and I want to make this pattern… now more than ever!!! :-) (Nevertheless I am really not sure whether I might be able to make a perfect fit.)

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      Jun 7, 2010, 08.44 AMby frkbustad

      It’s a gorgeous pattern, and the neckline is very flattering. I don’t think it will be that difficult to get the perfect fit, especially since the zipper goes in the back, and you’ve got several darts and side seams to work with. My biggest problem was mainly that I’m not used to do sway-back adjustments, and the fabric didn’t tackle unpicking that well. Oh, and I changed the skirt from the fitted wiggle skirt to a 3/4 skirt!

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    Jun 7, 2010, 06.46 AMby April Zhang

    it turned out beautiful! i’m loving red right now, and this dress totally works in red!

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    Jun 7, 2010, 02.44 AMby mollyapple

    I love the colour, its stunning! The shape is great and looks so good on you, very worth persevering for!

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    Jun 7, 2010, 02.17 AMby Denise Angela

    This dress and the colour looks fantastic on you!

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    Jun 7, 2010, 01.26 AMby tamezdc

    Very good job! Even though you had a hard time fitting it, I think you were successful. It looks great on you.

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    Jun 6, 2010, 10.34 PMby analogue

    Love the dress, it’s absolutely gorgeous! Fantastic colour as well! I know what you mean about the V8280 pattern, I made the wiggle dress version in black and had to make a LOT of alterations to make it fit right too, the whole process was pretty frustrating. The result was lovely, but made me think it would have been easier to draft my own pattern from scratch. Other Vogue patterns I’ve used have been pretty good fits though, so I don’t know if it’s just this one…

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    Jun 6, 2010, 09.12 PMby seussian

    This is STUNNING! I love the color. I like the neckline and the straps. I really can’t explain how much I love this dress. (or your hair =) ) God bless you, M

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      Jun 6, 2010, 09.16 PMby frkbustad

      Thanks a lot! The colour is really the reddest red, and I just want more red!

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    Jun 6, 2010, 09.08 PMby kelerabeus

    You choose the right name for this project, it really is a triumph! Enjoying in a well-made garment after going through a lots and lots of trouble is the best feeling ever ;)))

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      Jun 6, 2010, 09.15 PMby frkbustad

      That’s true! It really felt good, and also knowing that the decision on going for the 3/4 skirt was the right one to relieve me from all the trouble and end up with triumph! Great feeling!

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    Jun 6, 2010, 09.02 PMby jazzyka

    Your red is so hot. I really like it, nice !

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