Last month I shortlisted two patterns and corresponding fabrics for the vintage challenge. Happily, I’ve made both. You can read about my first choice “Burda 7253 and the SwirlyWhirly Sackdress” and my reason for not including it in this challenge over at my blog.
Second choice for September’s “Vintage Patterns” challenge is the truly vintage Vogue 5782. I bought it last year after seeing this. The pattern is two sizes too big, but I know how to grade a pattern and I had to have it. My intentions are to eventually make it up in a very precious piece of vintage wool given to me by my favourite tutor a couple of decades ago, so felt the need to toilé my grading first.
The polished cotton fabric was bought in the August sale at The Fabric Warehouse – the same day I attended the fantastic Andy Warhol:Immortal exhibition at Te Papa. The random splashes of cyan and magenta on otherwise fairly monochromatic grey/olive reminds me of his work.
Besides grading, I made two other changes to my version of the pattern. I moved the zip from centre back to sideseam as I find zips easier to do up at the side, and the neckline is wide enough to slip my head through. It does still need a zip – because – as per the pattern – the waist seam is gathered onto tape cut to my exact waist measurement, and – you know – boobs/bum > waist. The second change was to make the ties into a belt, instead of coming from the side seams. This way I can wear it with other belts.
Probably because of my rusty pattern grading skills I also need to look at my armhole scye, as it seems quite tight this time. The sleeve head has plenty of ease so it should be a fairly easy adjustment to cut the armhole a little larger. And I love this sleeve length! Plus, the pattern has pockets in the sideseams. (Yes, I did put the zip in behind the pocket).
I made a bit of a boo-boo last weekend and bought some more fabric. Never fear, it will become a frock in Froctober! It’s not technically “stashed” if it doesn’t make it into the “stash”, is it?