Vogue 8740

by Ruby June

in 1940s

I had planned on making this lovely dress for springtime….but naturally life got in the way and I just completed it a couple of weeks ago instead. I used a wonderful vintage, seafoam green swiss-dot 100% cotton fabric (that’s a lot for one sentence!). It was very simple to work with and now I’ve got a lovely summer dress for those hot (ha!) Seattle days. ┬áPlus: shoulder darts! I always get excited when I get to work with them…as they make setting in sleeves a dream. They also look very period accurate!

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I'm a vegan vintage enthusiast with a love for sewing from vintage patterns (30's-40's). I'm also a wife, a UW alumni in biology/ecology, and lover of food, good beer & cocktails.

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Veronica Lewis July 21, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Love the dress, really nice job. The material really works well with that pattern. I also love the hair. Do you have tutorials for that style?

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Ruby June July 22, 2013 at 10:39 am

Thank you! I plan on doing a few video tutorials in the future, and I will for sure include one on this style. It should be up on my blog within a couple of months!

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Rebecca July 21, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Great work on this gorgeous, summery, dress! Those buttons are just darling and really fit nicely with the dotted swiss. Are they vintage as well?

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Ruby June July 22, 2013 at 10:40 am

Thank you! These buttons were actually picked out by my husband when I was buying thread at a fabric shop. They are tiny white roses and very cute.

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Katherine July 21, 2013 at 4:21 pm

What a beautiful pattern! I’ve got to keep my eye out for this one. I love your fabric choice – well done!

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Joanna July 21, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Oh you did such a marvelous job! If this were my creation, I’d be wearing it everyday for a week:) Bravo!

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BobbinBombshell July 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Nice job! Love the color and you look fantastic!

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girliefrank July 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Beautiful work! It looks absolutely lovely on you.

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Jo July 22, 2013 at 3:25 am

Looks stunning! Looks very true to the original too with the fabric you have used, which I love. Great job (:

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Jeanne July 22, 2013 at 4:08 am

lovely!

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Reading Goddess July 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

You have sewn and fitted this dress absolutely beautifully! It looks perfect on you.

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tanyamaile July 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

What a perfect dress!

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Ruby June July 22, 2013 at 10:43 am

Thanks so much, everyone for your lovely compliments! I lucked out on this fabric, it was one of those random ebay finds (as was the pattern!). I will be sewing another version of this for the fall (dark brown with black velvet accenting), it should be up on my blog once it starts cooling down a bit!

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Laurel July 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

Great work – looks awesome on you!

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mariebayarea July 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

You look lovely in your pretty dress.

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Catherine Alekna July 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Really nice work! Its fits you well!

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venida July 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Looks wonderful and great sewing

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Jessamyn July 25, 2013 at 3:07 pm

Great dress!

I’m just curious about one thing: The pattern illustration shows the midriff with fish darts that end short of the bodice and skirt seams. Did you alter it, or is that one of those artistic-license moments on the part of the illustrator?

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Ruby June July 26, 2013 at 10:49 am

They are fish-eye darts, I just extended them about 1/4 of an inch at the top to take that area in a bit. The cotton fabric is more stiff than a rayon or polyester-blend would have been so it would have led to a bit more “pillowing” than I wanted. At the bottom however, it still ends short of the skirt. The illustration does show the darts to be shorter than the pattern was though.
Hope that helps!

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