I’d been saving this 1950’s border print fabric for exactly one pattern – Vogue 8789.
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!
If you’ve been thinking of making it up, you won’t be disappointed!