Added Oct 12, 2011
Vogue 2903, Original 1957 Design: MISSES’/MISSES’ PETITE DRESS: Fitted dress, has princess seams, back zipper, flared skirt with inverted pleats at sides, side front and side back. Inside yoke extends above neckline. Lower calf length. B: contrast yoke and three-quarter length sleeves.
I have to say I love everything about this pattern except having to iron the pleats back in the fabric after washing it!
I have never encountered anything like the yoke construction used in this dress. The shoulder pieces are finished off and then the sleeves and yoke, which are constructed as one piece, get set into the finished garment. For a more formal look, the yoke section could easily be removed from the pattern altogether and a length of bias fabric used to finish off the underarm raw edges. I am surprised that the pattern does not include this as an alternate view.
I may have to make this up again in a fancy fabric at some point. And I would absolutely recommend this as a fabulous vintage reproduction pattern. This one is still in print after a few years, so clearly, quite a few people agree.
More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.
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