Pattern Review: Vogue 8728
Sea Island Floral
100% Silk crepe de chine
I've been looking forward to this dress all year and found a great silk for it this spring. The pattern is 1947 Vintage Vogue 8728. I made a few alterations based on the muslin I made of the top of the dress only. I add two inches of gathering to the top and the skirt. The fabric gathered so well and I wanted a fuller look. The picture on the pattern envelope is a little deceiving. I also added about an inch to the sleeve to make sure it completely covered my shoulder. And I added height to the top to ensure the neckline wasn't too low for my liking.
I originally wanted to bring the shoulder seams in so the boat neck was narrower but i made the minor mistake of adding shoulder width to the front but not the back shoulder when I cut out the fabric. Oops! It still fits fine but I do have to adjust it once in a while when wearing it.
The pattern did not have a lining so I added a piece of facing to the front midriff. Ideally, I would have liked to have a lining under the front blouse gathers too stabilize them but it seemed a little too complicated and time consuming to create one.
You'll notice the hem of the sleeve is a little curly. I would like to re-stitch that so it's smoother. I would also like to tighten up the neck binding so it lays flatter. It had to be hand sewn because my needle had trouble going through all the layers. I tried switching several needles but each one struggled. I enjoy hand sewing though.
The button on the back adds just an extra touch of vintage I think. If I did it over again, I would make a small keyhole in the back under the button.
I'm wearing a small petticoat under the skirt to give it just a little body for a vintage flare. I've gotten lots of compliments and am so happy to finally have a vintage inspired dress!
Enjoy your vintage dress Abby and thanks for the great review!