A Bit of a Tussle with Vintage Vogue 1136

This is Vintage Vogue 1136, a  simple pattern that gave me more trouble than it should have. I guess that’s why I needed a glass of wine to toast the completed project.

Pattern pose

I had some serious fitting issues with the back, which, to be fair, probably had more to do with me than the pattern. Usually I wear a size 14 top and bottom, but in this pattern, I’m apparently a size 12 or smaller on top and a size 14 on the bottom.

I’m happy to say that I eventually moved from this:

to this:

however, I had the lovely experience of putting in the zipper three times before I got the fit close to right.

I ended up liking the dress, but wish I would have spent more time fitting as I sewed. If I had, I might have caught the back issue early on, instead of having  to fix it once the dress was made and the zipper was in. If you’re interested in seeing how I fixed the back, please check out my blog.


• Meet the Author • Jeannie Watt

I’m a romance writer and a sewing enthusiast. When I get into a rough patch while writing, I sew and vice versa. It works. I end up with new clothes to wear and new manuscripts to send off to my editor. I live in rural Nevada with my husband, dog, cat and horses. My idea of heaven is visiting my kids in San Francisco and shopping at Britex.

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7 comments… add one

  • ooo no a 3 times zipper insertion …eeeep. glad you did though because it’s a stunning dress, I really love the girly but not too girly colour :-)

    • Thanks Allison. I got really good at putting the zipper back in by the end. :)

  • I’m so glad you posted this! I have the same pattern, and I think I must have similar measurements to yours–my top is short and small, and on the bottom I sew a size 14. I’ll have to take special care in fitting.
    Your perseverance paid off–the dress looks beautiful on you!

    • Thanks, Anne. I’m going to be more careful in the future myself after this project.

  • Congrats on persevering and finishing this! You look fabulous and it’s a stunning pattern.

    • Thank you. I do like the pattern. I might even make it again now that I know what I know.

  • Aaaah! I hate when zippers fight with you! It looks great!


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