Vogue 8740

by Ruby June on July 21, 2013 · 19 comments

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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{ 19 comments… read them below or add one }

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?


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!


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?


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.


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!


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!


BobbinBombshell July 21, 2013 at 6:28 pm

Nice job! Love the color and you look fantastic!


girliefrank July 21, 2013 at 7:43 pm

Beautiful work! It looks absolutely lovely on you.


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 (:


Jeanne July 22, 2013 at 4:08 am



Reading Goddess July 22, 2013 at 8:31 am

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


tanyamaile July 22, 2013 at 9:08 am

What a perfect dress!


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!


Laurel July 22, 2013 at 10:49 am

Great work – looks awesome on you!


mariebayarea July 22, 2013 at 8:49 pm

You look lovely in your pretty dress.


Catherine Alekna July 22, 2013 at 10:04 pm

Really nice work! Its fits you well!


venida July 23, 2013 at 7:54 pm

Looks wonderful and great sewing


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?


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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