Added Feb 16, 2012
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.
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