Summer bag – Vogue 8466


Bag pattern - Vogue V8466

Bag pattern - Vogue V8466

Vogue 8466
Package includes patterns and instructions for four bags.
I picked view A.
Pattern Sizing:
Bag A: 17″ W × 18″ L. Bags B, C: 20″ W × 19″ L. Bag D: 10″ W × 16″ L. Measurements are approximate and exclude strap. B, C, D: lined, inside pocket.Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
pretty much.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Very easy.

Likes or dislikes about the pattern

I liked :
Quick and easy ! Perfect for a casual summer bag.
I disliked :
-The seam in the center front and back, It’s ok with the print I choose though.
– To make the strap you have to fold the fabric on itself several times, as a result you may end up sewing through up to 16 layers (depending on how you finish the edges). Mine was 14 layers and my machine couldn’t handle it. So I could only start sewing the strap at about 1cm on each side of its centre. The end result is still durable.
The good thing about this layered strap is that it’s comfortable (it’s also pretty wide: about 5cm/2″).


Cotton with a newspaper print.

Pattern alterations

None. The pattern is basically 2 rectangles.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I might, it’s so fast to sew. I would recommend it, it’s a no-brainer really but make sure your machine will handle that many layers of fabric !


This is perfect for a quick sewing fix, it took me under an hour, from tracing the pattern to the final result.
This bag has no lining or inside pocket and is roomy : it’s what I call a basic “mess bag”.
I like this kind of bag for summer !

Cotton summer bag - Vogue

Cotton summer bag - Vogue


New Priestess of Shallya dress #2

McCall's pattern 4491

McCall’s pattern 4491

Pictures of the dress at the bottom of the post.

Pattern Description

McCall’s 4491
MISSES COSTUMES: Lined dresses have princess line, close fitting bust, scoop neckline, sleeve variations, laced band back closure, optional purchased trim and sweep hemline; dress D has contrasting lined sleeves.

I’ve made view C (short sleeves) but also made the sleeves from view D (which is the only difference between C and D)

Pattern Sizing:
Size. AA (6-8-10-12), EE (14-16-18-20)
I used size 16

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

Yes !

Were the instructions easy to follow?

Yes they were pretty easy. The dress itself isn’t really hard to construct. I’ve read others had trouble with the gussets but I though the instructions were pretty clear on this too, you just need to mark each symbols on the fabric pieces carefully.

Likes or dislikes about the pattern

Loved the sleeves on view D, the laced back and I have a thing for princess seams !


SUGGESTED FABRICS: Dress, Sleeve Lining D – Brocade Jacquard Silk Velvet Velveteen; Dress Lining – Lining Fabric.

I used white linen for the dress and a net like fabric with small hearts for the sleeves (the heart is a major symbol for the character I’m impersonating)
This dress being for a LARP event this summer I didn’t use regular lining (I get too hot and sweaty^^) and used a sporty kind of lining instead.

Pattern alterations 

Train :
I removed the train effect completely.
To do that :
-I ignored the pattern piece for the back train.
-I had to redraw the hem on the back pieces to make a curve.
-I also had to redraw the hem on the side-backs, removing a triangle shaped piece at the hems.

Lining :
I didn’t line the sleeves at all, only the bodice. I attached the lining at the armholes by stitching it to the seam allowance (not all the way around though because of the gussets).

Sleeves :
I wanted to make view D for the pretty sleeves but, this dress being for a LARP event, I also wanted to be able to use it as a blank canvas and the sleeves make it too distinctive.
So instead of sewing the lower large sleeves to the upper sleeves I finished the dress as per view C and then cut the lower sleeves and added an elastic casing on the upper edge. This way I can remove them if needed.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
Yes to both !


I needed a white medieval style dress for a LARP event and this pattern fits the bill perfectly. It’s has great shape and could be adapted to any type of character by changing fabrics, adding trims, etc…
The dress is pretty easy to construct, no major difficulties and I just loveee the dramatic effect of the sleeves !
Just because LARP events give you the opportunity to wear such dresses, you’ve got to love them !

Oh and you don’t need to unlace the back when putting on or taking off the dress. I can squeeze in it while it’s laced, without sweating too much or having to break my ribs.

white medieval dress

McCall’s 4491 back

McCall's 4491

McCall’s 4491 front