The Victoria and Albert Museum Free Pattern Dress

by ChronicallyUncool on September 7, 2010 · 10 comments

in Vintage Sewing

Remember this free pattern from the V&A Museum’s Golden Age of Couture exhibition? I made it to wear to see the exhibit (now traveling the world) in Nashville.

I love the way this dress turned out and I had a great time in Nashville with Gertie and my fellow vintage clothing enthusiasts. This project is my best work yet!


Details about the construction on Pattern Review and on my blog, Chronically Uncool.

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JennySlash September 7, 2010 at 11:06 am

I keep thinking about giving this dress a try and the detailed construction notes in your review make it sound quite do-able.

Your version is lovely and I can't believe you sewed that in quilting cotton!


Nathalie September 7, 2010 at 1:05 pm

I'm actually a big fan of quilting cotton for dresses. I'm not saying it's good for everything and all styles, but I find it works really well with certain 50s fashions that benefit from a fabric with a bit of body. And if this dress is made from a quilting cotton, then it's a case in point as the result is fantastic!


Tilly September 7, 2010 at 2:33 pm

It's beautiful! I love how you look so glamorous in front of the ironing board…


Jenny September 7, 2010 at 3:09 pm

@Tilly – Yep, you can always expect the finest fashion photography from me. There's nothing like a grainy iPhone picture in a gloomy hotel room to really capture the moment!


thecuriouskiwi September 7, 2010 at 7:20 pm

Wow, great to see someone in a version of this dress, I've got the pattern but haven't tried it yet. I love the fabric you used, it fits you so well and looks great! :) Thanks for the detailed instructions, I will add them to my folder for when I give this a go xx


A.J.A. September 7, 2010 at 9:16 pm

Beautiful dress! I love the fabric. The colors really complement you.


Ande September 7, 2010 at 9:56 pm

I printed and taped this pattern together 3 years ago and have been too chicken to try it. You have made me see the light and to give it a chance! Yours turned out gorgeous! Love it! Great work! Way to go!


tammyO. September 7, 2010 at 10:30 pm

so flattering! great job.


Veronica Darling... September 8, 2010 at 4:49 am

Absolutely beautiful! I had no idea it was a free pattern. Yours is just as gorgeous as that original!


Bex September 8, 2010 at 10:04 pm



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