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Blue Bird

Added Feb 16, 2012

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






Vogue 2610, Original 1947 Design: Misses’ Dress: Close-fitting dress, mid-calf or evening-length, has yokes, shoulder pads, dropped-waist bodice extending into looped/draped front, stay, A-line or flared skirt, side-snap closing and cap sleeves. B: contrast yokes.

The pattern is rated “advanced” and I am not exactly sure why. Yes, there were some unfamiliar steps, but no one part was terribly difficult.

I love the idea of the pattern, and the illustrations, but I am not thrilled with my execution.

I purchased this pattern years ago, before I knew exactly what to expect from crazy pattern sizing. I had found massive amounts of ease in Simplicity and McCalls patterns, so I assumed the same would follow with the Vogues. Well, lucky me, this particular pattern was very close fitting. Should have purchased the larger size . . .

I knew that I wanted to use a zipper instead of the snap closure suggested by the pattern. I first inserted an invisible zipper by hand. My velvet did not appreciate the effort. So, I carefully ripped out the stitches, and used a lapped seam application with a regular zipper. It is still a bit wonky, but much better than the first try.

I am not altogether happy with this piece. But I did learn a valuable lesson: under no circumstances am I to rush through a silk velvet project – it just isn’t worth it.

More pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.

Material Notes

Silk/Rayon Velvet




Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    Feb 21, 2012, 03.18 AMby olystyrene

    This turned out wonderful! Silk and velvet are tricky fabrics to work with and you did a splendid job. The colour is fantastic – great choice!

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    Feb 18, 2012, 05.49 PMby sallieOh

    such beautiful fabric! i find velvet so intimidating – so i am completely in awe of your finished product. it looks like a gorgeous pattern and regardless of whatever flaws you feel it has – its an absolute stunner on!

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    Feb 18, 2012, 05.11 PMby deChez

    Just beautiful.

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    Feb 17, 2012, 10.13 PMby nenasew

    Gosh I think this is divine. You should be so proud.

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    Feb 17, 2012, 04.02 PMby blueartisan

    I absolutely love velvet but I hate sewing with it, you cannot get away with short cuts or being sloppy at all so I do feel your pain on that front. However you have done an exceptional job though so I think you can safely say that you have beaten it this time :)

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    Feb 17, 2012, 03.15 PMby carolyn-s

    Stunning! I lLOVE it in the velvet. You’ve done an amazing job!

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    Feb 17, 2012, 10.01 AMby CCCouture

    Thank you for posting and sharing your experiences with using a vintage pattern. It’s lovely, the color is wonderful and you wear it beautifully. I certainly appreciate the challenges of sewing with velvet, after just completing a velvet jacket.

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    Feb 17, 2012, 08.23 AMby flowergirl22

    stunning fabric, looks great in this style.

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    Feb 16, 2012, 01.50 PMby Stephanie Subagyo

    beautiful and gorgeous!!!

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    Feb 16, 2012, 01.10 PMby max

    Absolutely, positively beautiful! And the dress is too :-)

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    Feb 16, 2012, 12.38 PMby Adriana Orozco

    You should be so proud of your lovely dress!!!!! you look sensational in it, with your lovely hair style also!!! really a lovely job, well worth it the efford!!!

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    Feb 16, 2012, 12.34 PMby froggylonglegs

    Wow it is beautiful! You have inspired me to make a velvet dress finally!

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    Feb 16, 2012, 09.16 AMby Kasiorist

    this is beautiful, I love the colour and the fabric, it looks very elegant.

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    Feb 16, 2012, 07.15 AMby MientjiB

    Beautiful! I’m glad you did use velvet, because it shows off the looped and draped upper bodice detail of the pattern!

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