A 1950′s Grad Dress from Vogue S-4727

For my high school graduation, I made my dress from Vogue S-4727, a vintage pattern from 1956. It may look familiar – I posted my wearable muslin for this dress here back in March!

I used turquoise silk dupioni, which wasn’t as challenging to sew with as I expected! The pattern itself was far more challenging than working with the fabric was. I underlined parts of it with silk organza to reinforce the seams, and it had underarm gussets and a very awkward zipper insertion. I spent a lot of time hand basting!

I ended up putting in an invisible zipper, which I would usually avoid, but the lapped one on my wearable muslin didn’t look very good because of the way the zipper curves into the godet. Because I don’t trust invisible zippers, I put in a waist stay to support it. I hemmed the skirt by hand with horsehair braid, which I love!  I wore it with two crinolines (a bigger, itchier one with a subtler, softer one underneath), both of which were vintage from my aunt. She wore one of them to her high school graduation in 1960!

My shoes are vintage that I bought at a thrift store. I love them! They’re all leather, made in Italy, and have a really gorgeous cutout detail on them. I borrowed the purse from my mom, and the pearl earrings and necklace once belonged to my grandma. I did my own makeup, although I didn’t do much. I did a bit of a cat-eye and wore some super subtle false eyelashes and my favourite lipstick.

My hairdresser did my hair and nails – hair is one thing that I can’t do myself! I loved my hairdo, so it was worth it to get it done (although it was quite a challenge to get my dress over my head without wrecking it!).

It was such a fun day, and I was so happy with my dress! For more construction details and photos, check out my blog post!

If you want to read about other steps in sewing this dress, I wrote posts on choosing a pattern, my two muslins, and my wearable muslin.

Thanks for reading!

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I’m Shannon, a vintage-loving, ethically conscious seventeen-year old who loves sewing, knitting, and exploring thrift stores. Check out my blog at youngseamstress.blogspot.ca !


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17 comments… add one

  • Three things:

    1. You look stunning!!
    2. You did an absolutely beautiful job on your dress and should be very proud of it. It’s lovely!
    3. Congrats on your graduation!

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  • Amazing dress on a very lovely and talented girl! Congratulations on your graduation!

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  • Fabulous! Where did you get the pattern from?

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    • Thanks! I borrowed it from a family friend who has the most amazing vintage pattern collection. She has hundreds of patterns, some of them dating back to the 20′s!

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  • So lovely! Definitely worth the effort!

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  • Your dress and you look adorable! Very well done. Congratulations on your graduation and your future in sewing and crafting!

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    • Thank you! It’s really great to be done high school. I’m enjoying all the free time I suddenly have to sew!

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  • Completely awesome. You made it onto our facebook page :) https://www.facebook.com/WeSewRetro

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  • Brilliant!!!! Top to toe you look gorgeous!!!

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  • SO lovely and elegant!

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  • Beautiful dress and a beautiful girl. You look elegant and classy.

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  • The final dress turned out beautifully, and I really like the muslin too! Hope you end up wearing both again.

    Congratulations on finishing this project and on your graduation!

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  • You look terrific! You’ve done such a great job on this. Absolutely stunning!

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