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Vogue 7658

Hello all!

It’s been awhile.  I’ve been sewing, but I keep forgetting to take pictures of my projects.  It’s one of my goals for the coming year – document my projects a little better and MAYBE start my own blog.  I’ll keep you posted.

This little project came about because my every day clothing is a little more casual these days now that I’m retired.  I found this 1970s Vogue 7658 on Mom’s Patterns (Jen is awesome – go check out her site if you love vintage patterns) and knew I needed to have it.  I’m from Vancouver and if you didn’t know, we get a lot of rain – mists to downpour – so it’s always nice to have something with a hood in case you get caught in the rain.

The artwork on this pattern is a little misleading.  The pattern pieces have a length that looks like it would hit well below the knee on a woman of average height.  I’m 5’2″ and it came mid-calf!  Needless to say I shortened the pattern pieces by about 5″ so my finished garment would hit just above the knee.  I also made the decision to line the hood so I could add some colour.

The pattern suggested “soft or crisp fabrics such as double crepe, jersey, pique, light and medium weight wool, silk surah, synthetic mixtures”.  I decided on a heather grey jersey in a medium weight and lined the hood with a simple cotton in a blue bubble print.

The garment has six pieces plus the one I drafted for the hood lining.  This jersey weight was fantastic to work with and didn’t need me to finish the raw edges, but I have a serger, so I finished them anyway.

Machine sewing the zipper in wasn’t achieving the look I wanted, so using a double strand of thread, I hand stitched the zipper in using a simple back stitch.  I like how it turned out!

I own a couple belts, but decided to use some of the leftover fabric to make a self tie and I think that it gives it the casual look I was looking for.  I plan on wearing this hoodie dress often – either as a dress with tights or as an over-sized tunic with leggings.


About the author: I live in beautiful Vancouver, BC (Canada) and have been sewing for almost 30 years (eek!) My grandmother put my first “real” sewing project in my hands when I was about 8 years old – a counted cross stitch – to ensure my hand sewing was up to par before I was allowed to use a machine. I have recently “retired” and while learning to be a haus frau for my almost vegan hubby and my four-legged Parson Terrier son, I have had a chance to get back to sewing! I hope to be able to share some of my work with you on a fairly regular basis!

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  • EmSewCrazy January 4, 2013, 9:51 pm

    Cute! It looks super warm and cozy but nice at the same time. What a great piece!

    • girliefrank January 5, 2013, 3:26 am

      Thanks! I like that I can use it as a layering piece and I love the fabric. It has just enough stretch to it so you don’t feel restricted. Perfect to walk the dog in.

  • twotoast January 5, 2013, 12:42 am

    Wow – it looks lovely, and the zip insertion is just perfect! Well done to you 🙂

    • girliefrank January 5, 2013, 3:27 am

      Thank you!

  • Erika January 5, 2013, 2:51 am

    ADORABLE! I would never look at that pattern and think it would turn out so cute and wearable. I’ll have to keep an eye out for Vogue 7658!

    • girliefrank January 5, 2013, 3:28 am

      Thanks. I bought the pattern on a whim just because my hoodies are so VERY casual and I wanted something that was a bit more stylish. It feels much more modern than I thought it would.

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