Sacré Cœur | Vogue Dress V9197


Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / Nicole Miller Fabric at Joann Fabric Stores

Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / Nicole Miller Fabric at Joann Fabric Stores

Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / Nicole Miller Fabric at Joann Fabric Stores Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / Nicole Miller Fabric at Joann Fabric Stores   Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / Nicole Miller Fabric at Joann Fabric Stores

 

Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / Nicole Miller Fabric at Joann Fabric Stores LipSense, Strawberry Shortcake. Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / Nicole Miller Fabric at Joann Fabric Stores

{ON ME} Dress: Vogue v9197; Fabric: Nicole Miller Scuba Knit Fabric-Garden Bloom;
Pink Coat Arm Candy: HERE; Choker Tutorial: HERE
Purse: Nicole Lee USA;
Flats: Target similar; Belt: Target; Sunglasses – Women’s Cat Eye Sunglasses;
Makeup (I work at SeneGence Cosmetics) – Lipcolor: LipSense Strawberry Shortcake,
Mascara: Black LashSense, Face: Porcelain MakeSense Anti-Aging; Candlelight ShadowSense.
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It’s been officially one week since I left Paris. I miss it. I miss quietly saying, “bonjour” in every shop I walk in, I miss the “merci” at the end of every sentence, I miss the buildings, I miss the food and the cobblestone streets. It was so dreamy to be there, every day I thought quietly to myself… holy crap I am in Paris! So, I hope no one minds that I spread out my fashion posts from Paris instead of all at once. I’m desperate to hold on to the moments and memories I spent there! So, today’s look was when I visited the Sacré Cœur, it’s worth visiting. I saw the Notre Dame and it’s gorgeous but I really enjoyed the views from the top of the dome of this old Catholic Church. It was amazing but the not so amazing parts were the street vendors. I thought they were particularly the most aggressive in the Square Louise Michel area in front of the church and you cannot avoid them as you make your way to the building. But once you make it inside, it’s peaceful and even though I am no longer Catholic, I am still in awe of this magnificent building and the acoustics inside! My talented and good friend, Ashlee from This Seams Interesting, recommended visiting this particular location and I’m so glad I did! When we left the church, walked along the beautiful cobbletone streets of Place Saint-Pierre to Rue Tardieu and then Rue Yvonne Le Tac where we found the yummiest candy stand.

When I found this Nicole Miller fabric at Joann Fabrics, it looked like an abstract painting to me. I figured if I was going to visit the fashion capital of the world, I thought I would dress the part… My biggest fear about visiting Paris what that I would look like a sloppy American – instead I looked like a brightly colored American – haha! This scuba fabric is gorgeous and because it’s a little thicker than other knits, it kept me warm throughout the day. Paris is still a little chilly in March and I planned for that when I chose to sew this long sleeve dress from Vogue Patterns, v9197. Which I think especially works great with this particular dress because you are able to appreciate the floral print as you lave the high neck, long sleeves and hem. The pattern itself is a breeze to sew and I am obsessed with this silhouette annnnnnnd it also has pockets – SCORE. Now, because I was sewing with a super thick knit like this one, I ditched the lined bodice step from the pattern. When finishing the garment, I didn’t want to distract from the print with a stitch line, so I used the blind hem stitch feature on my Bernina sewing machine. You can definitely hand stitch it buuuuut I wasn’t in the moodt with this particular garment.

To use your machine for a blind hem there are a ton of fancy feet and stitches, but if you don’t have many fancy sewing accessories, you really don’t need it – it’s all in the folding and slowing slowing! Though, I wouldn’t mind a hemming foot (**hint, hint Bernina**).

Here’s how I blind hem my garments using a sewing machine:

  1. Simple fold your fabric towards the wrong side of your garment like so, (pretend it’s not already sewn)…
    Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / How to Blind Hem with your Sewing Machine
  2. Then, with the fabric folded faced up, use your blind hem stitch on your machine. As you sew, the machine witll make straight stitches along the edge of the fabric – don’t worry, no one will see. Then after every 4 straight stitches or so, the machine will throw a zig-zag stitch in the mix. Your job is to make sure the single zig-zag barely catches the outside fabric, see below….
    Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / How to Blind Hem with your Sewing Machine
  3. If you don’t have that stitch option, a loooong zig zag stitch works, too.
    Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / How to Blind Hem with your Sewing Machine
  4. I recommend practicing on a scrap piece of fabric before your actual garment, just to get a feel for it.
    When you flip your garment over, your hem should look similar to my hem in the picture below…
    Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / How to Blind Hem with your Sewing Machine

If you start to fret that your hem stitches are not as clean and perfect as mine, never fear darling, I only showed you the good ones. But I’ll be honest, there are some unevenness in my stitches and without that special sewing foot that I could get for my sewing machine (talking to you again Bernina store), the stitches would definitely be more even and cleaner. But, let’s get real people, no one notices the stitches on my hem and if they did, well, we cannot be friends… Life is too sort to be judged by the quality of my stitches.

Until I get my sewing foot, then snubbing at sloppy hemlines I will do – ha!

Thanks so much for stopping by and looking at my little blog and if anyone wants to meet me in Paris next March, I will be there in my loudest printed dress that I will continue to make frequently!

À bientôt!
Riva xo

Sacré Cœur- Vogue dress v9197 / Nicole Miller Fabric at Joann Fabric Stores

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