Cirque Dress : : Vogue Pattern 9112 : : Two Left Sides

Vogue Pattern 9112, Marcy Tilton Cirque Dress

Vogue Pattern 9112, Marcy Tilton Cirque Dress

Vogue Pattern 9112, Marcy Tilton Cirque Dress

Vogue Pattern 9112, Marcy Tilton Cirque Dress

Vogue Pattern 9112, Marcy Tilton Cirque Dress

Vogue Pattern 9112, Marcy Tilton Cirque Dress

Well hiya everyone. 

Although the earliest days of 2017 were lazy, a few weeks in I found myself craving order and space in my surroundings. I buzzed around in major de-cluttering mode…a seasonal event that usually has G running. This time around, he not only survived, but got in on the act. We ended up with quite a haul for our local Salvation Army. I had a good go at our closets and….horrors…my fabric stash. But…surprise, surprise…it turned out the de-stashing of the fabric stash wasn’t as troubling as I thought it might be. In short order, I culled enough fabric to fill a large garbage bag.

Sigh….my nemesis remained unchanged…..saying buh-bye to me-made clothing. Stuff I’ve sewn that I just don’t feel the love for. Maybe it never fit quite right, or I got the colour wrong or [fill in the blank]. I mean, as good as a garment might be, if I feel meh when I’m wearing it, then I should be able to let. it. go.  ‘Am I the only one?’, wonders me. 

Here’s an example….my Marcy Tilton Cirque Dress {Vogue Pattern 9112} blogged here! Made it. Loved it….or…thought I loved it. But the thing was, it wasn’t getting much wear. At all. After a critical side-eye…two things became evident. Number one: the colour. Wot? Tis true, I love colour….when I found this yardage in my local thrift store, I pounced. But. Turns out…and I think deep down I new this all along…it’s too bold, too saturated for my energy type. When I wore the dress, I felt like the dress was wearing me. While I was at it…the side-eye that is…I realized I didn’t totally love the asymmetry of the hemline. But. I still loved every other aspect of the silhouette and the fun collar and whimsical seaming.

So…I tried a little psych 101 on myself. What would I rather see in it’s {actively disassociating myself from any affectionate terminology} place? And…

TA DA. Original Cirque Dress out. Raspberry left-side-only Cirque Dress in.

Yes. I made two left sides. It wasn’t hard to do but early in I was a little worried.  In the pinning phase, all I could see was a rather unfortunately placed arrow.  My belief that garments look somehow more troubled in their pinned stage helped me move forward. AND, I’m so happy I did. My finished dress…tunic really…feels like a winner. The 100% cotton fleece, in a cheery raspberry tint, sings. The collar, faced with a scrap of this fabric adds to the springtime vibe. {The pockets, hem facing and arm facings are the same fun floral.}  It’s not showing up clearly in my photos, but the top stitching is a dark turquoise….I threaded my machine with two different threads, one green and one blue. To eliminate the fleece curling at the hemline…I faced the hem with lightly interfaced cotton and two rows of top stitching.

I think…I hope…I got it right this time! My tunic has had more wear in a few weeks than my original had in a year, so I’m optimistic.

In other news, I finally finished updating my About me page. I know. It took me for-evahOne of those weird things….hard to talk about yourself; hard to stop talking about yourself. Anyways, it’s done. And with that, I’ll sign off…thanks bunches for stopping by and reading…I’ll see you soon.

My Other Cirque Dress, Vogue Pattern 9112 Makes:

Marcy Tilton Cirque Dress The Original



  • Reply Irene February 13, 2017 at 6:06 pm

    What a lovely spot of colour on a grey day! I agree – tossing me-made stuff is extremely difficult. All those hours spent in the making, not to mention the oh-so-perfect fabric!

    • Reply Sue February 13, 2017 at 7:27 pm

      We really do feel like we’ve woven a bit of ourselves into the garment, don’t we? Funny though…if I’ve struggled during the construction of a garment and am unhappy with the finished product, I can toss that baby out before it even makes it to my closet.

  • Reply Nicole February 13, 2017 at 10:09 pm

    What a fun dress! I like the unusual style lines, and your choice of fabrics is just lovely! I’ve recently went through to toss some me-made items…but they’ve only gotten so far as a bag in the back of my closet, in case I change my mind 🙂

    • Reply Sue February 14, 2017 at 11:38 am

      Thanks Nicole! LOL…another like minded hoarder {{{KIDDING}}}. It’s just hard to do!!! It really helped me to consider what I would actually love to have hanging in my closet. The first dress is definitely gone as well as a couple of other makes.

  • Reply Val S February 14, 2017 at 2:58 am

    You did an amazing job rejigging this, but you always work miracles. This version is much better than the older one, I think (I like asymmetry except in hems – go figure). Now I just wish I lived near your Salvation Army store so I could buy some of your pre-loved handiwork!

    • Reply Sue February 14, 2017 at 11:40 am

      Thanks Val. Yep….something about hems with me too. I don’t even like the high/low trend that much. I’m having a moment wondering if a local gal will end up the local coffee shop wearing MY dress!

  • Reply vicky brearley February 14, 2017 at 6:52 am

    That’s such an amazing dress, the colour is absolutely gorgeous, the perfect antidote to these grey Wintery days. I love the style, it’s got quite the Japanese feel to it. xxx

    • Reply Sue February 14, 2017 at 11:41 am

      Thanks so much Vix! I agree….there is a Japanese feel to this dress pattern. I’ve yet to sew any patterns from Japanese Pattern books, although I have checked one out from the local library some time ago.

  • Reply Hana February 14, 2017 at 7:00 am

    It is a pretty dress and pretty colour. Love the details and the way you style it. Happy Valentine’s Day 🙂

    • Reply Sue February 14, 2017 at 11:42 am

      Happy, happy Valentine’s Day Hana. It was great seeing yours and DH’s photo on Instagram. Thanks for commenting!

  • Reply Nancy Sopp February 14, 2017 at 7:08 am

    I so much appreciate your honesty–that things don’t work out all the time, and that sometimes they need to be discarded (and sometimes fixed). I really enjoy your blog.

    • Reply Sue February 14, 2017 at 11:43 am

      Thanks so much Nancy! Your kind words have come at a really good time! I think perhaps I will share a few other ‘change of heart’ makes. It’s kind of cathartic to say a proper goodbye!

  • Reply Louisa February 14, 2017 at 9:03 am

    I’ve made 2 Cirque dresses and wear them both often but your solution to your discomfort with the asymmetry is brilliant! Literally. I did the same with one of Katherine Tilton’s tops, making it the same on both sides. It gives a quite different look, doesn’t it? Surprisingly. We can sew so we have options!

    • Reply Sue February 14, 2017 at 11:44 am

      Louisa! That’s exactly it…discomfort…which seems odd doesn’t it? I mean, it’s just a hemline, LOL….but it definitely feels 150% more me with this make. Didn’t invent the wheel though, hahaha….happy to hear that you’ve made it work with a Katherine Tilton top too! 🙂

  • Reply No Fear of Fashion February 14, 2017 at 12:05 pm

    OK, I like this version much more than the first one. The a-symmetric hemline didn’t bother me at all. I quite like that, just like the high/low fashion. But it is no prerequisite.
    Only, because of it shape and colour I think high heels work better with this tunic. Sorry love. I often have something to nag about. You are going to hate me. Still hope to see you in NY this summer.

    • Reply Sue February 14, 2017 at 12:21 pm

      LOL….No way, I still love you Greetje! I have been digging my heels in lately…hahahaha….and resisting wearing heels. Partly because we have had a great deal of ice and snow, which is gone now, but partly because of the comfort factor. Dang, how I wish I was taller with long legs like you m’dear! I have worn this with my blue suede booties…they have a bit of a heel. 🙂

      • Reply No Fear of Fashion February 19, 2017 at 11:49 am

        I know, the comfort factor gets more and more important. Which is why I am not that unhappy I have to go on working for another two years instead of made redundant with a big bag of money. Now I still have a reason to dress up and a “catwalk” to show off the clothes haha.

  • Reply Suzanne February 16, 2017 at 10:54 am

    I agree with everyone else…your new version is much better than the original.

    You did a brilliant job on your updated about page! Love seeing the whole family : )


    • Reply Sue February 16, 2017 at 2:49 pm

      Thanks Suzanne! I guess better late than never with the about page. I am happy you popped over to read it, thanks!

  • Reply sherry February 23, 2017 at 12:31 pm

    newbie to your blog and thankful to have found it
    via a rabbit trail beginning with pinterest. 🙂
    love the tunic and the whimsy completing your outfit.
    have a lovely day … blessings.

    • Reply Sue February 23, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Welcome Sherry! Aren’t those rabbit holes a wonderful thing…I’ve fallen down them many times myself. 🙂 The brightest of blessings to you too!

  • Reply Sharon February 26, 2017 at 7:24 pm

    Much better shape and love the colour on you.

    • Reply Sue February 27, 2017 at 5:41 pm

      Thanks Sharon! I was surprised to see my blog on a phone…the colour was pretty intense, LOL. I think that in real life, it’s more subdued, but I love it just the same. Love all the berry shades!

  • Reply Melanie February 28, 2017 at 11:14 am

    Slow to the party I am. You are like a ripe fruit! – in the best possible way. I love this raspberry dress. The floral facing at the top is a great detail, and I loved your tip about taming that curling hem. Too bad about the earlier version. Pieces you make are kind of like bits of a diary and I can see how it’s hard to let them go, but well done on the decluttering. And I also LOVE your updated About Me page with all your family. You write so well. Glen is a great paparazzi! Hahaha.

    • Reply Sue March 10, 2017 at 2:20 pm

      Nope, not even fashionably late! To be compared to a luscious fruit is high compliment! I sense a theme emerging…

  • Reply Heather March 3, 2017 at 11:52 am

    This version looks great Sue!! And how clever to use two left sides, I wouldn’t have thought to do that. I have recently decided to start donating my me-mades. It’s been tough, but I need to make room for the me-mades that I really love and wear.

    • Reply Sue March 10, 2017 at 2:16 pm

      Thanks Heather! I’ll have to check out your local thrift store! 🙂

  • Reply Flo March 5, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    I definitely like the new version better, it’s just the perfect pop of color. Asymmetrical hems drive me crazy, so I can totally relate.

    I’ve been busy decluttering around here too, and while it can be a hard process, I feel much better afterwards. I have to agree though, it’s hard to get rid of the “me-made” items. Heck, I had a hard time just tonight deciding what to do with something that a friend gifted to me that they had made. But I finally decided it needed to go to someone who would enjoy it and use it, that it was ridiculous to keep it and not do anything with it.

    • Reply Sue March 10, 2017 at 2:15 pm

      Thanks Flo! Good point…gifted items are often difficult to part with too, although for different reasons. Why is our stuff so complex, LOL?

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