Added Apr 29, 2011
Vintage Vogue 8728, Original 1946 Design; MISSES’ DRESS AND BELT: Dress has shoulder pads and side snap or zipper closing. The bodice and waist seams use lapped seams and topstitching for their construction. The skirt is a basic dirndl.
The instructions are very easy to follow. I am especially intrigued with the tear away interfacing used to gather up the front neckline before binding that edge with self-fabric bias binding. I have never come across this technique before, but I like it!
I love the 1946 design elements, however . . .
Be aware, the neckline on this frock is extremely wide. And the addition of the shoulder pad weight only makes this worse. I ended up adding lingerie straps, not to keep my bra from showing, but to keep the neckline in place!
I am not thrilled with the gathered bodice. The center front under-bodice seam is a bit low, and makes the bust stick out quite a bit. If I was to make this up again, I would take out a bit of the upper bodice width so less gathering is necessary.
I added my standard 3/4" to the torso length.
The way the pattern is drafted, the back armhole opening is longer than the front opening. I cannot decide if they did this on purpose or not.
Because the smallest buckle kit I had was for 1.25" belt, I cut my belt a smidge larger than the pattern. When working with buckle and button kits, I always fuse interfacing to my fabric so that the metal of the buckle/button form does not show through and cause the fabric to look shiny. I also find that this cuts down on the amount of fraying while you manipulate your fabric over the form. Before I cover the buckle with my fabric, I dot a bit of fraycheck at the cut corners (just be careful that the chemical does not stain your fabric – it probably will with a shiny solid colored satin, for instance.)
The pattern gives you the option of using a side snap closure or a zipper – I decided on an invisible zipper. I always like to use a longer length zipper than suggested for a side zipper and insert it as close to the armhole as possible to make the dress easier to get on.
I also bound all of the raw seams.
This is not my favorite Vintage Vogue pattern, but it is definitely a wearable dress. The fabric screams “Spring!” to me, so I had to cut into it in honor of the lovely weather we are currently enjoying in CA.
More information about the sweater pattern may be found over at http://www.ravelry.com/projects/Lpederse/a-new-design-in-cable-stitch
It is one of the V&A Museum’s free vintage knitting patterns!
*Stretch Rayon Slub from fabric.com in a floral pattern, 97% rayon & 3% lycra; *Gutterman silk thread; *Hug Snug rayon seam binding in baby pink; *Maxant buckle kit