Vintage Sewing


September 12, 2006

Hi folks! My name is Rachel and I currently live in Houston, TX. I’m new to Sew Retro, but have been reading about your projects for the last month. Oooh oooh! I thought, I have an August project!
I fell in love with some lovely songbird upholstery fabric and whipped out good ol’ Vintage Vogue pattern 2267. An adventure was finding complimentary fabric for the dress. Had to settle for two extremely sheer cottons on top of one another, but I was ultimately pleased with how everything came together. The top layer falls 4 inches short of the bottom layer. Trimmed with ribbon, this made the stripe at the bottom of the skirt.

I experienced the greatness of using fancy upholstery fabric when I splashed coffee down my front at the wedding to which I wore this thing. Wouldn’t you know it? It beaded right up and wiped off with a napkin! These pictures were taken post-coffee incident, and there is no trace! There are bold and unapologetic wrinkles, however, as I have just returned to Houston and grabbed the dress from my suitcase for the sake of documentation.

  1. Great job. This is gorgeous, I love the color combination and adore the black net petticoat! This is the first time I’ve seen someone make this pattern and you certainly did it justice. Looking forward to more projects from you.

    Also SO loving your shoes, vintage or great reproductions? If repros, where from? thanks.

  2. Oh my, what a lovely outfit! beautiful buttonhole detailing on the jacket photo.. I’m such a novice and only choose patterns with either no fastenings whatsoever, or something I can attatch poppers or velcro to 🙂
    Well done!

  3. Beautiful job! I love upholstery material, and a cropped jacket is the perfect pattern for it because it can get so darn expensive.

  4. Aha! I had a feeling it was you before I even scrolled down and saw your picture! I’ve been eyeing that pattern for a while, but since Vogue seems to have a strange aversion to showing actual photographs of their patterns stitched up I’ve been hesitant. Now that I can see how well it turns out, I’m thinking I’ll give it a try. I have the perfect fabric for it.

  5. I’ve made that dress at least 3 times, it’s one of my favorites. Haven’t made the jacket yet though. Yours looks terrific. Don’t you love the grosgrain inner waistband to help support the weight of all that skirt? Love the photo-setting too – the pose and the pic in the background, the shoes – perfect!

  6. That is such a cute dress on you and I have to jump on the shoes bandwagon–where did you get them?

    And nice fabric choice for it as well.

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