V9100 Tea party dress

The prettygirlssew Instagram sew along for the month of July was the Vogue V9100 pattern with a tea party brunch theme. Since I live in Barbados, I have to order my patterns, have them shipped to a US address, then have them shipped from that address to me. Then there’s customs processing and fees to deal with. I received my pattern with about 2 days to spare which meant I had to get cracking right away. I didn’t have time to hunt for my dream fabric so I settled for flamingos and polka dots. You can find a similar fabric here. I made a fascinator hours before the shoot, and borrowed my in-laws’ patio to create a tea party scene.

I had a bit of fit issues with the bodice at the cups but apart from that, the dress came together beautifully. The back is stunning! The pattern called for a regular zipper but I noticed on sewing.patternreview.com that an invisible zipper looked so much nicer, and though I never used one before, I decided I was going to give a try. I followed Brittany Jones’ video on how to insert an invisible zipper with lining and now I will never go back to a regular zipper. For gathering the skirt, Tabitha Sewers video was a great help. I followed her yarn gathering technique and I wish I’d known about this sooner.

Vogue V9100 Pattern Review

Pattern Sizing:

6-14 with custom cup sizes. I made a 14 c cup.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?

Very much so.

Were the instructions easy to follow?

The instructions  for the Vogue V9100 pattern were surprisingly easy to follow. This is my first dress with lining and I understood perfectly.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?

I like the princess seams. Makes it easy to adjust. Love the inseam pockets as well. Definitely appreciate different cup sizes although I had to go down a size.

Fabric Used:

Stretch cotton twill with flamingos and polka dots 

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:

I shortened the dress 3 inches. I wear a D cup so I made a 14 D and it was huge. Sized down to a C and still had to take in the cups a bit. They were slightly pointy – not exactly my style. I put in an invisible zipper instead because I just prefer the clean look since the back is dramatic.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?

I’ve come to the conclusion that gathered skirts don’t suit my body type so I may not make it again unless it’s for someone else. I will recommend it to others though.


Quick easy sew. Can look quite elegant if you use a formal fabric, it may be nice for a wedding. Lovely back. In all, a beautiful dress.

Anyone care to join me for tea? (said in my best British accent, which absolutely sucks by the way)



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