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Impressionistic Bouquet

Added Apr 29, 2011

by lauramae

Novato, Californ...






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!

Material Notes

*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




Spring, Summer
Garment Type

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    Apr 29, 2011, 07.12 AMby debbie777

    Loveley! The material is so ladylike, it suits you very well :)

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    Apr 29, 2011, 06.33 AMby loulourosa

    It’s a lovely dress, I like the bodice!

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    Apr 29, 2011, 04.46 AMby fabricaddict

    beautiful! it looks really good!!

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    Apr 29, 2011, 01.54 AMby bennomusik

    Oh, it’s so pretty! Thanks for all the info too, I’m planning on making this pattern sometime in the future and will certainly refer back :)

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