Hello! Long time lurker and member, but this is finally my first post – and vintage make!
I made a Vionnet dress from the Japanese Bunka Book.
The book has no frills or thrills, it’s only focus is patterns and diagrams to help you reconstruct the dresses. Patterns are laid out on a grid which you much enlarge yourself. I used an overhead projector and traced with a sharpie onto a wall. I made dress #1 from the book, and the easiest I assume.
It was my first time making a bias garment. But get this – the entire thing is cut out and sewn on the grainlines. So I have a bias dress without the bias headache! It is not until you wear it that you rotate it 45 degrees that it becomes a bias dress. Mindblowing to me.
Can you believe that from these two strange rectangular shapes came a beautiful fluttery goddess gown?
My goal is to muslin all 28 dresses from this book – it might take me 12 months or 12 years, but I really do love all the surprising construction techniques. I may pick a few to make out of nice fabric, but since these dresses don’t really fit my lifestyle, it isn’t a high priority for me. Making them what I care about, not so much wearing them.
I’ve put more photos and construction notes on my sewing blog here: http://cathywu.com/journal/kalali/2014/06/08/vionnet-dress-pattern-1-1918-1919/