Wednesday, July 20, 2011

A Vogue Stunner

This here is a dress I made for a friend to wear to a formal event where the theme is  'A night at the races, French style.'  I immediately thought of Audrey Hepburn and did a mental scan of my most fabulous patterns and thought of Vogue 9264 from 1958.
Vogue 9426

Close up of bodice
It has been made in a gun metal grey satin, that is unlike any I've seen before, the inside of this fabric feels alot like cotton.
This dress is a sewing achievement for me, as I did a bunch of things I've never done before. Firstly a muslin of the bodice.
The lovely tie at the front is and the front sleeve is are both part of the front side piece, making a t shape.  It was tricky stopping and starting, above and below seams and clipping the curves in all the right places.  Eeek.
The sleeves have gussets, which totally blew my mind for a while.  I'm way too traumatised to go into details, but I got there in the end.
Because this a dress for a formal event, I didn't want any top stitching, so all my hems are hand stitched, including a horse hair braid in the skirt's hem.  I love the effect of the horse hair braid and can see myself using it alot.  I attempted to hand stitch the zip, but the satin looked bubbly and quite awful, so I did my first ever invisible zip.  I didn't get any pictures, but trust me, it looks invisible!
Dodgy hand stitched zip
I love it and so does Jo.  I will get more pictures of Jo all done up as she will look even more stunning with all the right accessories!!
I was keen to try the other version of this dress, so I did.  I have used a vintage linen with a Dalmatian spot and a contrasting tie in pink silk.  Only because I was a little short on spotty fabric, but I like the result.  Can you bear it when you don't have enough fabric?  I much preferred working in this fabric.  The dress is lovely to wear.  Love it also.
Vogue 9426

Close up of tie
Vogue 9426


  1. Wow I love both versions! Especially that contrast pink. So cute.

    Dont you wish it was summer already? I'm burning through all these summer patterns and really I should be cracking out the wools and things.
    And I'm not even a summer person - but DAMN it's been COLD lately!

  2. Gorgeous! I can't imagine sewing something like that...or anything at all actually- maybe in the next life! FYI Mt Gravatt vintage fashion fair is on Aug 19-21, it's always worth a visit for vintage bargains.xx.

  3. These are just beautiful! I love them both. You do such a lovely work!

  4. I love both, but I have to say the dotted version is a wonderful treatment, the pink contrast works well and isn't the predictable red. And I like that you are trying new things and willing to talk about it. Looking forward to see what else you share!

  5. Wow, they are both amazing. That bodice looks perfect! I love both fabrics. You've done a great job.

  6. Wow, That Vogue pattern is amazing. And your spotted number is adorable. i love the neckline details on both.