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I really like pretty clothes. I especially like the “vintage” look. Vintage as in: Fashions of yesteryear that actually accentuate your curves and beauty instead of making you feel frumpy and blah.

Don’t get me wrong, I like yoga pants as much as the next girl. I might even be wearing a pair as I type this. However, yoga pants are not really geared towards making you feel or look pretty.

I love looking at pattern books and getting ideas. I, however, do not enjoy the cost of patterns. I watched a “vintage vogue” pattern for a while before it came down in price from a whopping $25 to the best ever just under $5 range. Score!

Let it be said here and now that no one sews any more because it is cheap. You sew to make yourself happy. Sewing is very expensive. So you know, next time you think you might give me a $6 budget, just think of that.  I will laugh in your face.  I will also tell anyone that asks how I laughed in your face and watch as they laugh as well.

I swept up my pattern, but what do I make it with? Enter the mom-stash. My mom has a minor problem. That minor problem means she has an entire bedroom dedicated to fabric. That minor problem means that I can often make all kinds of cool stuff for cheap because I go shopping at her house.

I found this awesome border print in just the right amount in her stash. I mean it’s like she actually knew and planned for it, right? I liberated the lovely border print from the fabric room along with some muslin for a lining.

I used muslin for a mock-up and loved it. The hope was: mock-up becomes lining. It did! I’ll admit it took a while because I kept getting distracted by other projects and the like. Sadly, I didn’t photograph this portion well at all.

After finalizing the mock-up, I set out my border print and started whacking away with my scissors.

the pattern is laying on my border print

See how the border shows lots more red flowers? I thought this would be awesome looking on the skirt.

It took me about a week to get through this. I had a lot going on and I used this project as mental therapy from some stressful stuff. Sewing, for me, is very cathartic.

What you need to know about this pattern:

  • Vintage Vogue is pretty.
  • Measurements are strange. Hope you have a tiny waist. I do not. We will not discuss what I had to cut out and then do to alter this pattern to fit my tiny top, large hips, and meh waist. Let’s just say that at one point I had two friends pawing all over the mock-up with a pencil puzzling it out with me.
  • The pleats were very strange. The bodice to skirt is all one piece so you do these inverted pleats at the seam after you sew the whole dress together. The directions made that sound way stranger than it actually was.
  • Make note of your height. This dress ended up very long on me. Use the “shorten here” marks!
  • That neckline and sleeves are seriously going to need to be top stitched to keep things tidy.

What I wish I’d done different/recommend doing differently:

  • That white fabric with red embroidery is HEAVY. It’s a loose weave and it’s white, but the threads are quite thick. It needed to be lined. I would maybe not go with such a heavy fabric unless you like gaining 5 or more pounds. Obviously, I do this all the time. I’m a weirdo though.
  • I started to do a standard lining. By the time I got to the hem, I realized the dress looked better with the lining being a “slip” and thus not actually attached to the hem of the dress. This meant I got to roll hem both. Not a problem but that’s about 8 yards of hem. Consider alternate options
  • On that note, because of this, the bodice lining is tidy, all hems encased between the lining and the bodice. However, this means that the loose skirt is now “inside out”. I would have sewn the lining together so that the inside of the skirt would actually be on the inside or used french seams.

So here’s where it got weird. This is the final product. The dress is rather low-cut so the pattern comes with this yoke. However the yoke directions are probably in Martian or some other language I do not speak. And it does not appear to actually be sewn down.

Here I am wearing the vintage vogue dress with a yoke

I love the dress however I feel it needs a little something added to it. And I am not happy with the yoke.

I would also like to point out this was the more “low-cut” yoke. Yikes. Know how large your shoulders are. Mine are tiny. I actually have a lot of neckline trouble do to this.

What I did when I wore it:

Here's how I actually wore the vintage vogue 50's dress

That belt was so needed. Doesn’t it look way better?

I hit up the accessories store with a scrap of cloth and found this perfect belt. Awesome! It matches the center of the flowers perfectly! I then wore a modesty white tee under the dress. I’m still looking for a viable modesty idea, so feel free to comment with ideas!

This is a 1957 pattern from Vogue and I really enjoyed making it! I enjoy wearing it even more!

Win of the day: Sir Megabyte gave me a huge compliment on my skills by saying it looks store-bought!

–Lady O