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Vogue 9357: Cotton Madras Dress

I jumped at the chance to review this stunning Cotton Fabric. The fuchsia colour way I used is so bright and perfect for the summer. The colours are stunning and really eye catching. The fabric is lightweight and doesn’t need lining. I washed and tumble dried it before using and there was no sign of the colours running or fading.

I chose a fairly new dress pattern, Vogue 9357. The pattern has some really interesting design elements and includes multiple cup sizes. (The pattern cup sizes don’t necessarily correspond to your bra size). I measured as an E cup, so cut the D cup pattern as it’s the largest size. It actually fit really well without needing any further adjustments. 

Like most of the big 4 patterns, there is a lot of extra ease included. I had to make a lot of adjustments to the bodice before cutting my ‘real’ fabric. These included removing inches from the neck to stop it gaping as well as the shoulder seams. I also had to add a couple of inches to the bottom of the midriff panel to fit over my hips. I may even make some more tweaks if I sew this again. 

I cut the shorter length skirt but added a bit of extra width to the hem. I wanted to keep the fullness but not the length. I also added a bright yellow lining just to the skirt to help with the swish factor! 

Since the pattern doesn’t call for the dress to be lined, I finished most of my seams with some hug snug. 

It’s a rayon seam binding and makes the inside look so pretty. I used a satin bias binding to finish the arm and neck edges.

If I were to make this again, I think I’d draft a facing instead for these parts. The binding does the job but I prefer the way a facing lies. 

I’m glad I took the time to make a few toiles and fit the bodice properly. It was time consuming but well worth the effort. The fabric was really easy to sew and would make some fabulous summer outfits. I’ve already had a request for matching shirt. As it’s 100% cotton it’s breathable too. 

I used 3 metres of the 60” cotton and had plenty of choice for fussy cutting. I was able to pattern match the front panels, the back bodice, the skirt back seam and the pockets. The fabric looks and feels the same on both sides so it doesn’t matter which way you sew it.

I love the finished dress, especially the huge pockets! This got me a ton of compliments and is definitely going to be a summer staple in my wardrobe. 

Thanks for reading,

Sarah @theboldstitcher

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