Lady in Red Twill
Added Jun 8, 2011
Vogue 2494, Original 1948 Design: Vintage Vogue Model, Original 1948 Design, Close-fitting dress, evening-length, has shoulder pads, front extending into single-layered drape (wrong side shows), inset, front pleats/gathers, dropped-waist back bodice, side-snap or zipper closing, back-neck slit, button/loop and cap sleeves.
My inspiration for this updated version of Vogue’s 1948 design comes from a blend of a Victoria Beckham piece from her Fall 2009 RTW collection as well as Roland Mouret’s Copperfield gown. It does not look as much like the pattern as my first attempt did, but the basic structure is still there. I wanted to make a more casual version that I will get more wear out of, using the drape as a scarf instead of letting it hang down the back.
The instructions are laid out very well. There are some tricky points, like the diamond cutout, and attaching the two drape ends to that cutout. However, I did not have any trouble following the given instructions (I really did not have to refer to them much at all because I made another version less than a year ago).
This time around, I changed a few things about the pattern. Obviously, the asymmetrical hemline is the most obvious difference. Because I shortened the length, and wanted to create more fullness in the skirt back, I added a triangular shaped godet – the pattern utilizes a back seam, so this was quite easy. I also used bias fabric tubes for my button loops instead of the recommended thread loops (if you choose to go this route, remember to baste them on your bodice back before you sew the facing on – the fabric loops will be one of your first steps!).
There is quite a bit of handwork involved in this dress – the entire length of the drape, and the neckline is hand-rolled. I suppose you could topstitch this, but because I adore hand sewing, this is a dream come true for me.
I am also choosing to wear this dress a bit differently than the pattern calls for. While wearing my original version, I noticed how fun it would be to wrap the drape around my shoulders for a different look. So this time around, I am using a brooch to anchor the drape/scarf.
I love this dress! It turned out a bit more dressy than I had imagined, but it is still much more wearable than my full length satin version.
*Tencel Twill *Gutterman silk thread *22" invisible zipper *Hug Snug seam binding
*Cotton quilt batting from JoAnns (for shoulder pads)