Vintage Sewing

Vogue 2960 fitting issues – your assistance would be helpful

By on September 11, 2010

Hi all

I’m currently working on the gorgeous vogue 2960.

and I wonder if I could have your valuable assistance with bodice fitting issues.

The front is nice although the shoulders slip off – wondering if probably just some bra-keeping device will solve this issue.   So not too concerned here.  Do you think it could come up just a smidge higher though ?

But the back is where it all goes horribly wrong.

You can see if I stretch out it all sits flat so I’m presuming I need that ease?  But when its relaxed is super baggy.

I tried taking in the upper bodice back by a couple of centimetres:

but it didnt help, it just ends up gaping elsewhere.

And just to add another issue into the mix, I’m thinking of raising the back by a few centimetres as I don’t want to be running around buying new bras so that the strap doesnt show.  Obviously this will impact any fitting adjustments I make now.   I’d be grateful if you could consider this for me?

And PS my body doesnt look this bad in real life.  Its some sort of fisheye perspective problem with the camera!  The freckles I can’t do anything about though.  And the muffin top is being addressed by twice weekly zumba.

Thanks very much for looking and for any help you can give me.


I’ve blogged about it here, but its the same post, so I’ll be checking both for your invaluable advice.

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Butterick 5032

By on May 15, 2010

I made the Butterick 5032 dress.  The easiest vintage dress I’ve made so far.

This is their look.

This is my look.

More here.

I love vintage dresses!   1952 is the pattern’s original issue date.   We’re talking 58 years old.   What a spunky dress for such an old lady !


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Simplicity 6171 shift dress circa 1965

By on April 18, 2010

Thanks so much to Kaye who has been giving away patterns on her blog via Sew Retro.

I was very excited to get this one and was keen to make the sleeveless version in red on the right (sans bow).

The pattern is dated 1965 which happens to be the year of my birth!

My version

More on my blog  here

Again: thanks Kaye, I really appreciate your generosity !

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