Review: Vogue 8939 | The Turtleneck Midi Dress! #BlogLikeCrazy

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Vogue 8939 Turtleneck Midi Dress - Erica B - DIY Style!
Vogue 8939 is an interesting pattern, being that if you weren't looking for this design you would totally miss it on the pattern envelope.  This dress is such a wardrobe staple that I feel it should've been it's own pattern with different length variations.
My version of this pattern was inspired by designer Rick Owens' Lilies Midi Turtleneck Dress.
Vogue 8939 Turtleneck Midi Dress - Erica B - DIY Style!
My fabric is a black modal rayon ponte that I found at my local Joanns.  It was a great find and the fabric feels very luxurious.
Vogue 8939 Turtleneck Midi Dress - Erica B - DIY Style!
I cut the size 14 and I had to make a couple of modifications to achieve the look of my inspiration dress.  I added 12" inches to the length.  The original pattern is pretty short.  I added 2" to the sleeve.  
Vogue 8939 Turtleneck Midi Dress - Erica B - DIY Style!
I had to take in the collar so that it would be fitted.  I hate having a turtleneck that's not fitted when it's supposed to be.  
Vogue 8939 Turtleneck Midi Dress - Erica B - DIY Style!
I ended up having to run 1" seams down each side.  The dress hung like a sack.  I should've cut the size 12.  
Vogue 8939 Turtleneck Midi Dress - Erica B - DIY Style!
Love the simplicity and versatility of this dress.  And I love that it gave me a reason to pull out my corset belt from Asos.com that I haven't worn in a long time.  I'm hoping that I find a cream colored ponte and a heather grey one so that I can add 2 more of these dresses to my wardrobe.

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39 comments

  1. Wow! This dress really demonstrates the power of simple pieces. You look amazing!

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  2. Erica, I love the dress on you, looks great! The boots really set it off. Perfect combination!

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  3. Pretty dress! I can see why you want to add additional colors to your wardrobe.

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    1. I'm going through a black phase right now! I'll get it out of my system in a couple of weeks! Thanks Carolyn!

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  4. This dress is simple, classic and gorgeous. That fabric looks absolutely perfect for it and I agree with bpatricia74 the boots work with it perfectly as well.

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  5. Nice! I wish I could pull it off. But alas I have no hips. LOL

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  6. Perfect dress for cooler weather. I was heading to Joanns today with the idea to look for a pattern for a turtleneck dress like this, thanks for the review. Love the timeless and classic look... this sort of garment can be in rotation in the wardrobe for years!

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    1. I plan to wear it out! Thanks Kathy!

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  7. ok, did you photoshop your head on your daughter's body? WOW for dress and WOW for diet results! you are an inspiration as a sewist and as a determined woman. thanks.

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    1. If only it had been that easy. Yes, lots of months of hard work! Thanks June!

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  8. Chic and sleek lady! I love the black and tan combo with that ASOS belt. Such a versatile piece, no wonder you want it in creme and grey!

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  9. Yes,that dress awesome. It really is a staple to have in your wardrobe. It looks great on you.

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  10. This is georgeous.. I have this pattern. I've tried a turtleneck dress before and it wasn't flattering to my body at all! but you make me want to try it again.. you look georgeous lady!

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  11. Great dress & fit. Thank you for the heads up on the pattern. You were correct, I missed that dress completely and it is all my style. I will purchase soon.
    Mad Props to you!!!

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  12. This is simply beautiful, elegant and classy. Loving your hair and your new fit body.

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  13. The dress is beautiful, and you look fabulous and slim in it. That said, I do not like it with the wide belt.

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    1. That belt is something I've been wanting to work into an outfit. But I agree. I like it without the belt too! Thanks Ann!

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  14. Oh yes, that's my kinda dress. Looks wonderful and styled just perfect. I've made the dress three times and can't understand why the turtle neck was way too tight. I had to adjust to make it larger rather than take it in. Must be the size of my head.

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    1. I can definitely understand why you made this three times! Thanks Faye!

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  15. Love this dress!

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  16. That looks stunning and love the belt, it has the wow factor.

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  17. It baffles me that you always seem to sew up the projects that I think of months in advance and put on my "I really want to sew but later" list.
    I've been thinking about turtle neck dresses since July. My mom used to always wear them when I was growing up, but she bought hers from Spiegel's lol I could never find them in stores!
    Anyway, it looks great! don't be surprised if you see one on my blog soon enough :-)

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    1. Great minds Tasha! Thanks!

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  18. I bought this pattern after I saw your post, I had been looking high and low for a pattern like this and Im glad you posted because I would have kept skipping over it because of what was on the cover of the envelope...

    Thanks a million

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