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Sydney Spoolettes finally had a frocktails event last Saturday. Frocktails is where you all make something to wear, get together, have some drinks and food and feel each other’s fabric. For my dress I decided to finally finish off something that’s been in my stash for a very, very long time.

This dress is by far the longest make from when I bought the pattern and fabric to when I tied off the last thread. This pattern is the out-of-print Vintage Vogue V2787, originally from 1948. It’s an absolutely stunning pattern, with curved and gathered bodice seams, gathered shoulders and a curved and half gathered front skirt piece. I bought the pattern and fabric from Tessuti back in 2005. But when I got it home and cut it out, I realised I didn’t have the ability at the time to make it, so I put it back in a bag and put it away.

I pulled it out and worked on it a bit a few years ago, but didn’t finish it. Finally I pulled it out a few weeks ago and decided that Frocktails was just the deadline and event I needed. All of the gathering is done by hand, as is the side zipper, hem and the sleeve caps. It took a lot of time and patience, but I’m so happy with how this dress turned out!

Read a whole lot more on my blog: http://antipodeanstitcher.blogspot.com.au/2017/02/vintage-vogue-for-frocktails.html