Hot! The “Marc Chagall Inspired” Dress

Fabric: Silk

Pattern: Vogue Vintage 8728

Year: Circa 1946

Notions: Thread, Shoulder Snaps

Time to Complete:  8 Hours; 1.5 Hrs. Cutting Pieces, 6.5 Hrs. Sewing

First worn: To Work for Photos

Wear again? Yes

Total Price: $24.75 – Fabric was $22, Notions were $2.75

Marc Chagall - I and the Village

This week I reused my “Oscar Challenge” pattern but it looks completely different due to the fabric I chose. Something I learned from SewWeekly – patterns can be reused! I fell in love with the design of the fabric when I was shopping for the “MixItUp Challenge”, the colors immediately felt like a Marc Chagall painting, love his color palette. Sewing a pattern a second time around is faster because I knew I could omit the zipper for a pull over dress. Also I added the shoulder snaps to keep the light weight fabric from slipping off my shoulder. Have to say, I prefer the polysilk ( I used for  last week’s “MixItUp”) vs this silk, it was a difficult to cut – it’s very delicate and easily snagged and when serging the edges it was a slow process due to the thin fabric but totally necessary because it seemed to fray easily. This outfit will probably have to wear for special occasions only, I don’t think it would hold up to a typical day at work.

The "Marc Chagall Inspired" Dress - Front View

The "Marc Chagall Inspired" Dress - Back View



Krista started sewing at the age of 10, but got serious July of 2010 when she had to replace her old singer and got a serger machine for a birthday present. She lives in Manhattan -New York City with her husband. Reading the SewWeekly challenges last year motivated her to try new things and rekindle her love of Sewing.


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  1. I’m also a fan of this pattern. I’m in love with your fabric. Very colorful. Gorgeous!

  2. This is a beautiful dress and you did a fantastic job on it! Love your choice of fabric —- Thank you for sharing!

  3. I so love this – the colours and the shape. Beautiful!

  4. Hey Marguerite, great to hear from you, thank you very much.

  5. This is really cute.. and looks great on you. Love the pattern.

  6. Awesome fabric choice and the pattern you used fits you very nicely. It does look very dressy and worthy of special occasions. That’s a good thing. You’ll certainly be admired.

  7. Thanks Barbara, the pattern is the same one I used for the Maria West Side Story Dress.

  8. I love this too. Sorry to hear it was a little difficult to work with and I’m bummed you can’t wear it more often. It’s so pretty-

  9. This looks like a different dress in the cool printed silk but still looks great on you! I’m amazed there’s no zipper.

  10. Hi Lee, I knew it would work only because I made the dress before , I just new that even a zipper would be to heavy for this silk. Someone said next time use 4 ply silk, it much more durable, so I will.

  11. Love this! I’ve been eyeing up this pattern ever since I saw your first version. I think I may have to give in and buy it after seeing this.

  12. Yes, do. I think it would look fantastic on you to.

  13. Your dress is beautiful.

  14. This is such a beautiful fabric and you’ve used it so well. I hope you find plenty of special occasions that don’t threaten too much wear and tear so it gets the praise it deserves. Fantastic shoes as well by the way!

    • Thanks Tempest, I may it’s do that and wear it to my friends wedding this Sunday!

    • Oh and the shoes are MANOLO BLAHNIK, I picked them up at a sample sale probably around 15 years ago. They are the most comfortable shoes I own.

  15. You never cease to amaze me! Another fabulous creation and that fabric is coooolllll…

    • Oh Thank you Loran. Have to say I just loved your Elton John, ah the memories, it really put a smile on my face. Thanks.

  16. Love the fabric in this one! What a different look it gives to the pattern!

    • Thank you Adri. I was surprised to how different the dress looked with this fabric. I’m equally amazed when I see another contributor use the same pattern.