Vintage Sewing

Vogue 2960 and vintage lace underskirt

May 4, 2010

I made this dress to wear to a friend’s wedding last summer. The pattern is a Vogue reissue of a 1954 pattern (some other Sew Retro contributors have also made this). The fabric is a beautifully soft printed Japanese cotton lawn I bought online. I love the richness of the verdant green.

I made a size 8 without any major alterations. If I made it again, I would make the bodice narrower as there is a tiny bit of gape at the back. The pattern calls for facings, but if I made it again I would line the bodice fully to strengthen the structure, especially if using another lightweight fabric like this one.

I wanted buttons that would contrast with the sweetness of the floral print, so I bought modern glass buttons from John Lewis. The buttonholes were done by hand, as befits the delicate lawn and the style of the dress.

The underskirt was improvised with a beautiful piece of handmade cotton lace given to me by a friend, which itself must have come from a petticoat. I gathered it further with machine stitches and attached it to a piece of white muslin measuring approximately 11×35 inches, which I then finished with lingerie elastic. It works really well with this dress, and I look forward to wearing it with my other summer skirts and dresses too.

  1. So pretty! That dress has been on my "want to make" list for a while, and you've helped move it up the list!

  2. Beautiful feminine look. I love the petti…I just purchased a vintage pattern to make one. The ruffle is so pretty.

  3. That is a gorgeous dress. I love the back, especially. I think that pattern may have to go on my list for when I have a bit more sewing experience.

  4. Lovely! I'm a petticoat whore, so I definitely appreciate this post. Got to love a great underskirt. The dress looks very well executed as well. This looks great, thanks for sharing!

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