Subversive Femme
1950s novelty print wolfe john border print fabric

FO: Majorette Border Print Dress (Vogue 8789, c.1957)

Have you ever had fabric that was crying out to be sewn up?
This Majorette fabric haunted me from the shelf in my sewing room until I did something with it.

The pattern I eventually went with was Vogue 8789 view A – only because I wanted to use part of the border print across the neckline.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I’ll be honest, I wasn’t very happy with the fit of this (similar to when I made View B last year) – it took a lot of tweaking to get the fit right. I don’t think I would use this pattern again.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I am really happy with how the belt turned out though – using a proper belt kit from the 60s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MODS:

  • Small sway-back adjustment
  • Deepened the darts on the back neck
  • Shortened the under bust darts to avoid pointy boob
  • Added darts on the front neckline – there’s no way this thing was laying flat!
  • Hand pleated skirt instead of gathers
  • Bust 16, graded out to 20 waist.

Probably the most annoying mod was having to rework the neckline multiple times to get it to lay flat. Not sure how it was ever supposed to look like the pattern image!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Overall, I can’t wait to wear this during summer! Green is one of my favourite colours and it’s really easy to match bakelite to the colours in dress :).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outfit:
Dress – Vogue 8789
Bakelite bangles – Etsy
Bamboo Bag – Southern Antiques Centre
Brooch – eBay
Shoes – Miss L Fire Harlow

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11 Comments

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    Evie
    October 5, 2015 at 5:17 pm

    That fabric is wonderful!!

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    Mugsy's in Stitches
    October 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Amazing belt, love the way it turned out too! And not fabric crying out to be sewn up, just patterns! *lol* Far too many in the queue, and I keep adding to it rather than knocking it down a foot or two… šŸ˜‰

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    Mugsy's in Stitches
    October 5, 2015 at 7:46 pm

    Amazing belt, love the way it turned out too! And not fabric crying out to be sewn up, just patterns! *lol* Far too many in the queue, and I keep adding to it rather than knocking it down a foot or two… šŸ˜‰

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    Kate
    October 5, 2015 at 8:19 pm

    Wow! Great job! I love the way you lined up the print with the different parts of the dress. And the matching belt is fabulous šŸ™‚

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    Jenn
    October 6, 2015 at 1:09 pm

    Eep! That dress is super cute! Love the fabric! And cute purse too!

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    Tasha
    October 6, 2015 at 2:39 pm

    Well it might have been a big pain but it was definitely worth it, that dress looks GREAT! That print and that belt, swoon!

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    Jessica Cangiano
    October 6, 2015 at 6:48 pm

    Off-the-charts awesome!!! Goodness is this a stunning creation. I just about fell out of my seat when I saw the patterned belt. Brilliant touch!

    ā™„ Jessica

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    Melissa B.
    October 7, 2015 at 4:11 am

    Luuuuuurve it! You've outdone yourself!

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    Ms. Falcon
    November 1, 2015 at 7:15 pm

    What a great Print! Great work, well done!

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    Kathie Jones
    September 6, 2018 at 1:00 pm

    I have just found you blog…and I will be stalking all the posts—past and present. LOVE your style and LOVE this dress!
    I have this pattern and have been eager to make it up. I have hesitated because …well, I have been ill and gained wait. I want to shake at least a _bit_ of it. I would hate to make the dress then have to remake it. :/
    But, getting tired of waiting. Maybe I can make it with and elastic waist so I can easily alter that part of the fit. Hmmm…
    GREAT fabric choice on this. :::thumbs up:::

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      subversivefemme
      September 6, 2018 at 4:26 pm

      Thankyou!

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