Wednesday, August 3, 2016
Anyhow, there is a Vintage Pattern contest running over at Pattern Review, and though I really (honestly!) don't care about winning, I like to have an excuse to make something, and this contest seemed the perfect kick in the behind to get my sewing mojo on and get a dress done in time for school to start (and with the perfect retro flair, the way I really like it).
I have in my stash of patterns this beautiful Vogue Couturier pattern from Valentino from 1970. I have a real sickness for these older patterns. There's also the Vogue Paris Original patterns that are lovely, too (I made this LaRoche pattern a few years back). If I see that one or a few are for sale and they will suit me and fit me, I'll put in a bid on ebay or purchase them outright from Ebay.
There is a lot of history on Vogue designer patterns, and this very recent (as in yesterday) article from the New York Times explores it a bit. They even mention Valentino in the article.
I knew most of what was in the article, but it always bears repeating, the garment on the cover of these patterns ARE the garment as designed and shown by the original designer, and the pattern makers from Vogue use that as their base for their patterns. So I was basically recreating the original garment that Valentino crafted even before I was born. This is still true today, and the Anne Klein dress that I copied was from an original from the Anne Klein line.
The dress, as made up, is very pretty, but practical. I made it from a double knit, so it is very comfortable and stretchy, but the pockets and belt add a level "I didn't know I needed these features until I had them here." I now want all my dresses to have these details. Especially the pockets, which are not your typical inseam pockets, hiding from the world. These are integrated on the front and help showcase the unique seaming.
The mockneck is very comfortable, and though it could read frumpy, the sleeveless and fitted bodice help keep it from looking too dated.
Though I have few plans to wear the cloche with the dress, I did like the look, and would possibly pair the two for the right occasion. :-)
Because my hips are larger than the pattern called for, I had to bring my seam allowances from waist down from 5/8" to 1/2". If this had not been an a-line skirt, I would have likely had to add allowances to the pattern itself as no straight skirt from this era would ever fit me in a size 12 (the hips on a size 12 are a 34, I am that plus 5!).
If you would like to see my pattern review, it is here.
Simplicity 2853 for the pattern, and yeah, I recognize it doesn't look a thing like the pattern shows. That was because I took a lot of liberties with the design. It all worked out and the swim team LOVED it (or was scared, rightly so). What a monstrosity. LOL. :-)
Okay, that's all for now. I hope all of you are doing well, and I'll be back soon.