A Tuscany Summer Dress (Vogue 8789, c. 1957)

I was really lucky and found some amazing 1950’s border print cotton (from Stella Dallas in New York), and knew that I had to do something a bit daring. I wanted to really emphasise the stripes, and the diagonal version of Vogue 8789 seemed perfect.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Initially I was really scared when I was cutting up the fabric – no going back to get more from the store… The printed cotton seems to be farmers in Tuscany (I think?), lots of sheep, fields and manor houses.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The pattern is very easy, although I do recommend making a muslin of the bodice first – the bias allows a lot of ease. I ended up cutting a 16 bust and waist – normally I’d taper out to an 18-20 at the waist.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I normally only use vintage/repro patterns from the late 1930s to early 1950s – so making a style from 1957 was a bit outside my normal comfort zone.

If you’d like to read more about it, I have a post on my blog here

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Thanks for letting me share!

xxx

• Meet the Author • Bex


A vintage obsessed, rockabilly femme living in Sydney, Australia. I hoard vintage knitting and sewing patterns, and shoes. So many shoes. My favourite era is the late 1930s- early 1940s.


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15 comments… add one

  • Wow! That’s incredible. The fabric you used could not have been more perfectly suited to the pattern!

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  • You look absolutely delightful. I agree with Noelle, that you did a great fabric choice for that pattern. :)

    -d

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  • Fantastic fabric choice! Love it!

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  • Lovely! Great fabric choice, fantastic with that pattern. I made the same pattern earlier this year http://barbarajanemade.com/2014/04/14/bj-made-vintage-vogue-8789-for-the-end-of-summer/

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  • Oh, I LOVE it!! You look wonderful.

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  • Beautiful dress! I am so glad you kept the length longer . So many times people shorten these vintage styles and they never really look visually balanced. Yours is just right.

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  • When I first started sewing, I consistently chose the wrong fabric for whatever I was making. This fabric choice could not be more right – well done.

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  • Looking gorgeous Bex! You’ve done a really job with this dress.

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    • Good job – doh!

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  • A wonderful dress!

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  • This is simply divine! What a score with that fabric!! It looks like your comfort zone has been extended! ;-)

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  • Wow! You born to wear red!:)

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  • Wow, that was the PERFECT pattern choice for that fabric! It’s absolutely stunning on you too.

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  • So nice! And a very brave choice of fabric!

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  • Oh my goodness this is FANTASTIC! I have the same pattern myself but have been a bit intimidated by it since I hear it has some fitting issues. Seeing your finished dress, however, I’m absolutely inspired to make a stripe-y version myself! It definitely flatters you!

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