Saturday, August 02, 2014

FO: A Tuscan Summer Dress (Vogue 8789, c. 1957)

I'd been saving this 1950's border print fabric for exactly one pattern - Vogue 8789.


vogue 8789 plus size 1950s rockabilly sewing pattern review novelty border print fabric
































And it's perfection!

Initially I was really scared when I was cutting up the fabric - no going back to get more from the store... The printed cotton seems to be farmers in Tuscany (I think?), lots of sheep, fields and manor houses.

































The pattern is very easy, although I do recommend making a muslin of the bodice first - the bias allows a lot of ease. I ended up cutting a 16 bust and waist - normally I'd taper out to an 18-20 at the waist.



And don't forget to stay the waist! I disregarded the pattern instructions for a loose petersham ribbon stay, and opted for a sewing down a ribbon in the seam allowance instead. All my vintage dresses have this kind of stay, and it's less fiddly to do in my opinion.

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Besides cutting the skirt in one piece, the only 'mod' I made was a small sway back adjustment (pinching the back out slightly) - easy as pie! I think it took me 3-4 hours to sew the finished version.

I can't wait for the weather to warm up so I can wear it dancing!

































Outfit:
Dress: Vogue 8789 (fabric from Stella Dallas Living, NYC)
Shoes: Miss L Fire Norma
Jewellery: various, all from Etsy
Bamboo Handbag: present from Jakk

miss l fire shoes review norma red mexican 1950s 50s bambhoo handbag retro vintage novelty print fabric





If you've been thinking of making it up, you won't be disappointed!

19 comments:

Lila Leeds said...

Fantastic! The dress is amazing & you look fab.

Jen said...

Did you use the skirt portion of the pattern as is? I have this pattern and am thinking about making it for my daughter.

Georgia Rose said...

Oh my GOD. This is sooo amazing. That fabric is absolutely perfect. I've never seen that pattern before but god, it looks so amazing made up!

Jana B said...

That dress is awesome! Love that fabric! Looks great :)

Claire Gittins said...

This looks lovely! Fab fabric and your new shoes complete your outfit.
I have some border fabric waiting in my stash - I think you have inspired me.

Bex said...

Hi Jen! The Vogue pattern says to cut two pieces of fabric with the print going up and down - but I thought the print going around would be better. I just used 3m of the fabric, seamed the ends together and left room for the zip at the top, viola one less seam! I gathered and sewed it in as per the instructions ;)

Bex said...

Aw thanks Claire - give it a go, it's a lovely pattern ;)

Kris said...

Absolutely gorgeous, Bex! Well done!

Kate said...

What a fabulous dress!!! You picked the perfect pattern for that amazing fabric. Such nice matching. Thank you for sharing the pattern - I have some vintage fabric that is a stripe/floral very similar to the one in the illustration that I've been saving... I never through of something like that bias cut V, but it's awesome. Great outfit! :)

wardrobeexperience said...

your absolutely right, this dress is perfection!

kate steeper said...

Awesome

Doris Button said...

Stunning dress - the fabric is to die for! I wish I would find such fabrics where I live… I definitely prefer earlier 1950s patterns too, but the fabric and this pattern are a perfect match!

Jessica Cangiano said...

Bex, dear gal, you are knocking me out cold with this stunningly fantastic frock! The colour, the lively, detailed pattern, the gorgeous silhouette, it is all simply, entirely sublime - and so, too, do you look in it. Love, love, love!!!

♥ Jessica

zilredloh said...

Wow! This dress and print is amazing!!!

Shana McCracken said...

I love everything about it, including the shoes and accessories (especially the bakelite!). The fabric is perfect for the pattern -- better even than what the illustration shows on the envelope (much!).

Congratulations on your creation!

LanaChevy

Tam Kruger said...

Thank you so much for posting this terrific dress! I have this lovely pattern, so it's great to see it made up, and the fabric is too die for. I was rapt to get some information about sizing - vintage patterns can be a tad tricky with that. Will be pinning this article to my Pinterest board. Thanks once again - great work!!!

Desiree said...

The dress is perfection and the styling is adorable, down to the fruit earrings. So wonderful.

Jilly said...

Beautiful, I love all of it! You look amazing!
~Jilly oxo

Oh By Jingo said...

I absolutely adore this dress, what an amazing fabric!! All the things you make are wonderfull. Thank you so much for sharing. ^_^

 
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