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Who Are You Calling Easy? Vogue 8615

Added Mar 3, 2011

by leahfranqui

Philadelphia, Pe...






This is my version of Very Easy Vogue 8615. It was…not very easy. Honestly, between the lining and the zipper and all the hand sewing I ended up doing, it took me about two weeks to make! But I adore it. I love the vintage shape, I love that it has POCKETS (even though you can’t see that in any of the pictures, sorry!) I love the wool from which I made it, I love it. It’s a blessing in disguise that winter continues here in Philadelphia because now I actually have a chance to wear the thing!

. Just a note, for anyone who is making it, you need WAY less fabric then the recommended amounts. I made version B, with a shorter hemline and three quarter length sleeves, and I have a ton of fabric left. Vogue is tricky this way. Don’t trust them!

I lined the hem with lace (Thank you, sewaholic.com!). I love the fit, I love that you can cut out the bodice truest to your cup size. When I made the muslin for the bodice it was perfect, no alterations needed. Delightful! I think this style is extremely flattering, and really pretty Mad Men. I’m thinking specifically of Helen Bishop, circa season one. She totally would have worn this to a Kennedy rally and then come home to find her creepy son Glen stroking Betty Draper’s hair lovingly. Ah, creepy Glen. What a guy.

I wrote about this much more in depth on my blog: http://strugglesewsastraightseam.wordpress.com/
Check it out!

Material Notes

Wool from Jack B. Fabrics, lining and lace and zipper from PA Fabric Outlet




Spring, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Classic, Vintage
Polyester, Wool

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    Mar 28, 2011, 11.56 PMby topsi89

    Such a lovely dress- Gotta love the classics! That’s my favourite shade of purple, too! You wear it well :)

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    Mar 8, 2011, 09.32 AMby claudinka

    Most of the time I have the feeling that it says easy or fast somewhere and then it takes me a lot of time and doesn’t seem that easy. Lovely dress! I’m wondering when they will start to show MM in Austria (if ever!)

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      Mar 8, 2011, 02.31 PMby leahfranqui

      Thank you so much! I would try to bootleg it or buy it on itunes, it’s really an amazingly well written piece of television.

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    Mar 6, 2011, 03.30 PMby Lisette O

    I disagree, the color and neckline make it look very Joan H. to me! Either way it is a gorgeous dress.

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      Mar 6, 2011, 05.53 PMby leahfranqui

      Thank you! But I feel like Joan never wears full skirts, you know? And this dress has a full circle skirt. But the color is all the way Joan, there is an episode in Season 2 that is very painful, the one where she brings her fiancée in to work….it’s fairly horrible, actually, but she wears a color close to this. God, I’m such a Mad Men dork!

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      Mar 7, 2011, 02.21 PMby Lisette O

      Not that much of a dork, I know exactly the episode you’re talking about!

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    Mar 4, 2011, 07.10 AMby lauriana

    It’s a very beautiful dress and love the colour. Just what you need to brighten up a gloomy winter’s day!

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      Mar 4, 2011, 02.45 PMby leahfranqui

      Thank you! Winter gets so dreary, so when I saw this wool I thought, ideal!

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    Mar 3, 2011, 08.18 PMby SimplyTuTuSweet

    Ahh, I know what ya mean. Don’t you love it when they say “easy” and it’s anything but! Your dress turned out great and I"ll be sure to stop by and read about it at your blog.

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      Mar 4, 2011, 02.08 AMby leahfranqui

      I know, easy is just too relative, isn’t it?

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    Mar 3, 2011, 04.52 PMby frkbustad

    The result at least looks amazing! Really flattering dress.

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      Mar 4, 2011, 02.08 AMby leahfranqui

      Thank you so much!

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    Mar 3, 2011, 03.56 PMby TigerShmiger

    beautiful colour! :)

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