Hot! The “Peacock Plumage” Dress

I am very behind with my Sew Weekly Challenges.  I have three dresses cut out and waiting to be sewn together, but I cannot really start until I find buttons or decide that I am going to make my own covered buttons.  And it is extremely frustrating!!

But because I was so intrigued by the Vegas Challenge this week, I just had to come up with something.

Last week I found this fabulous print at JoAnn Fabrics, of all places!  I grabbed the bolt and walked around with it for about ten minutes before deciding that it just wasn’t me.  Then I found a maxi dress pattern that was on sale, and decided that I could work with the peacock plumage.  Well, once I got it home, laundered it, and laid it out on the sewing table, the pattern repeat just looked odd to me.  The maxi dress did not have many seams to break all of that up, so I pouted on the couch looking at all of the other new patterns that jumped in the basket and begged to come home with me.  And there was Vogue 8814.

Thankfully, I had enough yardage for the dress.  And instead of stressing out about matching all of those feathers, I decided to take a walk on the wild side.  This is one of those rare prints that actually works better when it is not matched (at least, that is my opinion!).

And feathers remind me of Vegas show-girls.  I am missing the headdress and skimpy outfit, but it is what it is.

And, of course, the modern pattern and crazy print is something out of my comfort zone/vintage sensibilities, so it is in keeping with the “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas.”  Except I plan on getting a lot of use out of this dress – in and out of Sin City.

• The Facts

⁃ Fabric:  Rayon Challis from JoAnn Fabrics; Bemberg Lining from stash

⁃ Pattern:  Vogue 8814

⁃ Year: 2012

⁃ Notions:  zipper, hook & eye

⁃ Time to complete:  One week.

⁃ First worn:  May 31, 2012

⁃ Wear again?  Absolutely!

⁃ Total price:   ~ 25.00


Laura Mae

Laura Mae adores sewing and knitting, mostly vintage or vintage-inspired patterns. She hopes to inspire others to create lovely and lasting garments that speak of a past era and yet remain timeless and elegant.


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  1. What a great pattern! I bet that is really fun to walk around in and feel it swish.

  2. I agree, great pattern. Very flattering and I love the feathers.

  3. Great choice! I agree – the pattern is lovely and the feathers are fun. I hope you work out the buttons for your other projects soon :-)

  4. Love it! You’ve done a great job being ‘Vegas’ but also ‘you’. Good luck getting those other projects done!

  5. Very pretty..Looks great on you.

  6. You sound like me, I often spend just as much time deciding what I should make as I do sewing it. But that can be a good thing. Your thoughtfulness brought about this amazing creation. The print really works for that gorgeous pattern. Great work and pretty photos, Laura.

  7. Stunning dress!!! A real eye-catcher. Nice job.

  8. Absolutely gorgeous! The dress drapes your shape perfectly! A great choice for that print. You did wonders with what I was intimidated by when I sewed up that fabric for the VIP Fabric challenge. I’m glad to hear that sewing a non-vintage pattern was worth the risk for you…the dress should definitely be worn plenty.

  9. Very pretty dress. I’m not buying any patterns now so that I have to use what’s in my supply but I love this. I know it’s outside your comfort zone but it looks very you. You wear it well-

  10. What a beautiful dress. Seems like such a wearable item too. Just the right amount of length and swish in the skirt to be modest without getting in the way.

  11. That is one seriously stunnng dress! I’ve been to Joann’s several times lately and not seen that fabric, I’ll have to make an extra effort to find some : ) You have such great style, I miss it when I don’t see you every week.

  12. That is a beautiful dress – lovely fabric and I seriously love the cut. But the best bit of all is the back, those crossed straps are so pretty. As are you, you seriously must have the best posture on the planet, you always look so graceful.

  13. This isn’t the silhouette I’m used to seeing you in… I love it. It may be out of your comfort zone, but it’s amazing on you!!