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Everyday Vintage

June 3, 2012

I love vintage fashion -- who doesn't? The problem is that when I find great vintage pieces, I'm often reluctant to wear them because I know the fabrics have usually grown fragile with age. I know many people who similarly have closets full of beautiful pieces that rarely see the light of day.

While I will never stop prowling for gorgeous vintage clothes, I have turned to pattern companies' re-issued versions of vintage styles so I can make pieces to wear every day without a care. I love putting a modern twist on vintage style by using new prints and graphics. I like to aim for a combination of demure and whimsical.

I'll be making numerous dresses from vintage patterns in the coming months and sharing them here on the blog, but to start things off, I'm working with Vintage Vogue 8728.

The bodice on this pattern is what first drew me in. I like that it's simple, but the gathered front bodice makes it seem fancy and detailed. The curved seam under the bust is ultra-feminine, but the overall cut is conservative enough for work.

For my first go, I used a striped cotton in orange and black.


(In my world, every day is Halloween!)

The second version I made is a giraffe print. In my head, something about a vintage dress in a modern animal print makes me think of a campy version of safari wear, and I generally like a campy version of anything.


(Note: I skipped the belt in both of my versions; I like to keep things simple. I would never be able to keep a belt straight.)

Now that I've made this pattern twice, I think I will tweak it on my next one. I would love a fuller skirt, so I am thinking about a circle skirt instead of the pattern skirt. That way, I can wear it with a pettiskirt underneath for some extra flouncy fun.

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I loved this dress and immediately planned to buy the pattern to make a dress for my daughter Amie. But I wanted to point out that the pattern number has some transposed numbers. The correct pattern number is 8728. Beautiful dresses...and a circle skirt would look great too.

Good catch! Thanks for the heads up -- I've updated the entry with the correct info.


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