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Vintage Goes Modern

August 12, 2012

I couldn't resist! I had to take on one more vintage dress project! I love the shape and structure of all my vintage-style dresses, but I wanted to find a way that I could incorporate a knit fabric into vintage style to make something ultra comfy and easy to wear. Enter Vintage Vogue 2787. I actually made a version of this dress yeeeeeeears ago in a two-tone taffeta to wear to a 1940s theme wedding. But I can't wear taffeta every day, alas. I can, however, wear knits all day long; I love them. For this project, I opted for a Sophia Double Knit in heather gray. I love this fabric because it's got a good weight. It's comfy like a T-shirt, but has enough oomph to look a little more structured.

I didn't want to use a zipper on this dress -- my goal was a pullover garment. But, this dress is somewhat fitted, so I needed to come up with a solution that would keep the look of the dress, but would allow me to pull it on without fuss. So, I cut the pattern one size larger than my true size, and I added ties by stitching them into the darts on the back. Problem solved!

2-Modern-40s-vintage.jpgI have mentioned on previous vintage patterns that they sometimes call for a technique that isn't often used today -- an overlay approach to stitching pieces together. Instead of sewing the elements right-sides together, you prepare each piece, pressing under the seam allowance on the piece that will be on top, and then place it on top of the other section to sew it, stitching very close to the folded edge. It feels weird to work this way initially, but I find I really like it. The S-curve at the front of this dress would be really difficult to assemble without this approach. Here's a close-up of three of the pieces coming together this way (the two front bodice pieces and the skirt):

3-Modern-40s-vintage.jpgI'm pretty pleased with this little experiment. I like that I can wear this dress on its own through the summer, and then layer it with a long-sleeve undershirt or cardigan and boots for cooler weather. Versatile is always a win in my book!


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I made this dress a few years back, with the zipper. It is wonderful! A bit tricky, but lovely. The ties make it more modern and I'm more of an old fashioned girl when it comes to retro design. However, this is a good example of how to make a pattern your own!

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