Vintage Sewing

A Bit of a Tussle with Vintage Vogue 1136

August 6, 2013

This is Vintage Vogue 1136, a  simple pattern that gave me more trouble than it should have. I guess that’s why I needed a glass of wine to toast the completed project.

Pattern pose

I had some serious fitting issues with the back, which, to be fair, probably had more to do with me than the pattern. Usually I wear a size 14 top and bottom, but in this pattern, I’m apparently a size 12 or smaller on top and a size 14 on the bottom.

I’m happy to say that I eventually moved from this:

to this:

however, I had the lovely experience of putting in the zipper three times before I got the fit close to right.

I ended up liking the dress, but wish I would have spent more time fitting as I sewed. If I had, I might have caught the back issue early on, instead of having  to fix it once the dress was made and the zipper was in. If you’re interested in seeing how I fixed the back, please check out my blog.


  1. ooo no a 3 times zipper insertion …eeeep. glad you did though because it’s a stunning dress, I really love the girly but not too girly colour 🙂

  2. I’m so glad you posted this! I have the same pattern, and I think I must have similar measurements to yours–my top is short and small, and on the bottom I sew a size 14. I’ll have to take special care in fitting.
    Your perseverance paid off–the dress looks beautiful on you!

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