FO: Vogue 2960

27 Apr

Pattern: Vintage Vogue 2960

Fabric: brushed cotton from Fashionista Fabrics (sold out now,) silk organza underlining from Dharma Trading.

Notes: Wow, this dress was a lot of work!  I have an afternoon wedding to attend in June this summer, and I was inspired to sew a Betty Draper inspired sundress.  I had this beautiful fabric I bought with no purpose in mind, and it was perfect for the vision in my head!  I love vintage patterns, but I fear the necessary alterations to fit the modern figure (I’m not so much for the girdle wearing) so I hadn’t yet made a 50s dress.  I chose this Vintage Vogue reissue, hoping it had been updated for modern undergarments.  Was it?  Well, not having the orignal pattern in hand I can’t say… but I tend to say “not much.”

The sizing was a little strange.  I normally wear an 8 on the top and 10 on the bottom in Vogue patterns.  According to the finished garment measurements, a size 6 had the 34.5 inch bust I like in this style of dress (about 3 inches of ease) so I originally cut a 6 fading to an 8 at the shoulders (because I have broad shoulders)  for my muslin.  Well, it fit through the bust, but it was huge in the shoulders and yet way too tiny in the waist (indicating to me that a girdle was expected for the pattern, and that it hadn’t been updated that much.)  So in the final dress I cut a straight 6 in the shoulders and bust, and faded to an 8 in the waist.  I was still worried that it would be small in the waist, so I gave it almost an extra inch when sewing the side seams.  Probably the 8 would have fit, but it was hard to tell, and I’d rather have a little too much room than not enough in the waist – I hate to feel strangled, and that way I can wear it when I sing (ever notice how opera singers wear a lot of empire waist dresses? There is a reason for that… I have massive expansion powers through my lower ribcage.)  The shoulders are still a bit wide, but I’m going to sew some bra strap holders in, which I think will fix the problem.

The back of the dress is pretty low – I had to buy a special doohicky to lower my back bra band or it would show.  Also, notice that my hair gets redder by the day, I swear… I am thinking of dying it dark auburn.

I underlined the entire dress in silk organza – I bought a 13 yard bolt from dharma trading.  It was a good choice – on its own this fabric is a bit limp and slightly sheer (I think it might be sheeting) and with the organza is stands nicely without a a crinoline.

I made self fabric buttons, because I am obsessed with them right now.  The hem was shortened by 7 inches, and then I made a narrow machine hem (life is too short to hand hem circle skirts.)  Overall I am very pleased – except for the underlining, the dress was very easy to construct.  I did not do the bound buttonholes, and I topstitched the placket bottom down, but other than that I followed the directions pretty closely, and they were excellent.  I would highly recommend this pattern, but watch out for the shoulder width, and measure your waist!

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50 Responses to “FO: Vogue 2960”

  1. jayayceeblog April 27, 2010 at 5:28 pm #

    It’s just gorgeous … don’t you feel so girlie in it? I love fabric covered matching buttons, too. Nice job!

  2. Jacey April 27, 2010 at 5:56 pm #

    Wow, it’s simply stunning! I’m always impressed by the FOs you churn out, but this is one of my favorites.

  3. Susan April 27, 2010 at 5:57 pm #


  4. Kat April 27, 2010 at 6:05 pm #

    Wow! That is absolutely stunning! I have seen some great versions of this dress and I really want to make it for our next summer. Gorgeous!

  5. Ann S April 27, 2010 at 6:08 pm #

    Absolutely charming – It is just so perfect for a wedding!

  6. ~Sherry~ April 27, 2010 at 6:39 pm #

    Gorgeous! The skirt hangs beautifully, and I love the back view too!

  7. Tasha April 27, 2010 at 6:44 pm #

    It is a lovely dress, but let’s talk about the shoes! What are they?

    • Julie April 27, 2010 at 9:19 pm #

      My thoughts EXACTLY!!

      • stitchywitch April 28, 2010 at 2:21 am #

        Thanks! They are by Mia, and I just bought them last week at Macy’s. I love them – they are very comfortable and weren’t expensive at all!

  8. SewBissy April 27, 2010 at 7:13 pm #

    It’s gorgeous! Makes me take a second look at that pattern. I’m sure it will be a lot of fun to wear to the wedding.

  9. Jessica April 27, 2010 at 7:25 pm #

    Absolutely lovely! I’ve been wanting to make this dress for a while, so thanks for the advice. :)

  10. Shannon April 27, 2010 at 7:31 pm #

    I have always loved that pattern and your version makes me love it even more! Simply stunning.

  11. Rachel April 27, 2010 at 7:34 pm #

    That dress is absolutely beautiful!!!!! I love the fabric. Don’t do anything to your hair—I love it red. I am trying to get mine redder.

  12. Adventures in Dressmaking April 27, 2010 at 7:37 pm #

    So, so cute! That turned out beautifully, good choice of fabric and all!

  13. sulovessew April 27, 2010 at 7:57 pm #

    oh this is so lovely, so betty draper. i love the fabric choice, what is brushed cotton?

  14. Sherrill April 27, 2010 at 8:11 pm #

    I love the dress…but I really LOVE the shoes!

  15. Diana April 27, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    This dress is gorgeous! I love the print.

  16. Debby April 27, 2010 at 8:24 pm #

    Your dress is so pretty and girly and perfect for a summer wedding. The style is one of my favorites.

    Now you have to knit a shawl to go with it, right?!

  17. christine April 27, 2010 at 9:06 pm #

    awesome dress! but i have a totally unrelated question: how do you get those awesome waves and curls in your hair? do you use curlers or rag tie them at night? do tell! it’s so cute and i want to try it too!

  18. ali April 27, 2010 at 9:08 pm #

    Stunning! I particularly love the back. So elegant.

  19. coco8199 April 27, 2010 at 9:09 pm #

    Oh, that is so pretty! I would love to wear a dress like that everyday.

  20. Tamara April 27, 2010 at 9:22 pm #’s so pretty! I love the low cut back!

  21. Trudy callan April 27, 2010 at 10:01 pm #

    Your dress is breathtaking.

  22. janel April 27, 2010 at 10:05 pm #

    Have you tried cutting with serrated scissors? I find them very helpful when cutting sheers and things like Bemberg, as they stop the fabric from shifting as you cut.

  23. Trudy callan April 27, 2010 at 10:09 pm #

    Hi. I’m back. I just went through the last few months of your blog posts. I love your blog; so I am adding you to my blog list on my sewing blog and signing up as a follower.

  24. Angela April 27, 2010 at 10:50 pm #

    Fabulous dress! The colors and print looks great on you!

  25. Tasia April 27, 2010 at 11:09 pm #

    Pretty pretty! Thanks for all of the fitting tips, your hard work has paid off though as the finished dress fits beautifully. Love the back view – the low back and pleated skirt are so flattering.
    Great shoes, too!

  26. Drop Stitches Not Bombs April 28, 2010 at 2:50 am #

    I love it! The colours of the fabric are delicious. I’m obsessed by covered buttons at the moment too – they make a garment feel so classy!

  27. Petit Filoux April 28, 2010 at 3:21 am #

    Absolutely stunning!! Well done!!

  28. soph April 28, 2010 at 3:59 am #

    beautiful job! it looks an excellent fit, from what i’ve read the vintage vogues AREN’T resized, just multisized, iyswim. i certainly found with v1044 that bust-waist was definitely girdle-proportioned!

    thanks for the idea of underlining – i may do this when i remake 1044, and i too love the shoes!

  29. Roobeedoo April 28, 2010 at 5:13 am #

    Oh will you look at that – you’ve gone and made the dress of my imagination! I too have a wedding to attend and have been searching for a vintage pattern that does pretty much exactly this. I am still hunting for the perfect pattern as I find genuine old patterns fit me better than Vogue repros – I am scared of making alterations and getting it wrong.

  30. Len April 28, 2010 at 6:00 am #

    This dress is to die for! I adore the fabric :) Have been eyeing this vintage reissue for some time now…

  31. Stephanie April 28, 2010 at 6:39 am #

    Beautiful Dress!

  32. Walden April 28, 2010 at 7:15 am #

    It looks lovely!

  33. Sarah April 28, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    Oooh, that’s such a pretty dress – it looks divine on you. I love your shoes, as well.

  34. Christina April 28, 2010 at 9:23 am #

    How lovely! Looks wonderful on you!

  35. Janice April 28, 2010 at 10:33 am #

    It’s beautiful! Well done!

  36. helen ethel studio April 28, 2010 at 11:15 am #

    Lovely job!!! I think if I were wearing this dress, I would spin myself everywhere I went just so I could see the skirt twirl. Hmmm… I might have to make myself one just for this very reason, in a gorgeous flower pattern like yours, of course. Great job!!!

  37. Mikhaela April 28, 2010 at 12:43 pm #

    Oh you look so fabulous in your beautiful dress, and I love your shoes. Thanks for the great and detailed review–this is one of the dresses I have in my stash and would like to make post-preggo, and it’s good to know about the bra coverage issue.

  38. Carol April 28, 2010 at 8:17 pm #

    Oh, this is pretty!

  39. Phyllis April 28, 2010 at 11:22 pm #

    This dress looks absolutely gorgeous on you (and so does your hair). I wouldn’t change a thing. The material is great and will be a wedding hit. Once again, you have outdone yourself.

  40. Yarnhog (Suzanne) April 29, 2010 at 9:11 am #

    The dress is absolutely gorgeous, and perfect on you! Your projects are always such an inspiration. As for your hair, it is incredibly beautiful–first thing I noticed, even before the dress! I may be biased, but I say don’t dye it; women pay a fortune to try to imitate that shade, with generally miserable results. (And as my own hair, which is almost exactly that color, is going grey, it makes my head ache to think of giving it up voluntarily.)

  41. weirdrockstar April 29, 2010 at 1:56 pm #

    Very beautiful dress!
    Have you considered sewing on some grips to the back of your dress? You would need at least two, one on both sides. They would hold your bra from showing and would save you the trouble of seeking extra bras. Just a bit of hand- stiching.

    And I love your blog. I have been a keen lurker for a good time already. Hello, nice to meet you.

    ( Yarnhog. Psssst! Henna glossing! Just use body quality henna. I too am getting some stranded whites & sandy color but every few months I brew some henna paste, add a few tbs´s of it to conditioner, slap on my hair, cover with cling foil (to prevent dripping. Depending on how much time I have, I wash it off after 15 mins / few hours. The leftover henna paste can be frozen for later use. I still preserve my red hair vibrant like that. You should see it in sun! Inside it looks lots darker )

  42. Myra May 1, 2010 at 8:55 am #

    Beautiful results. I think we saw the inspiration dress on a Season 3 episode last night, which made me look at your pictures again. (We rent the DVD’s since we only have basic dish, so we are always behind.) It looks great on you.

  43. Amanda S. May 3, 2010 at 10:59 pm #

    I LOVE it! But, I wish you would quit making me want more patterns that I hadn’t noticed before. My stash is big enough, thank you very much. I just bought that Vogue you made the royal blue dress with and now have to have this one. The styling on top is just beautiful. Great job!

  44. Karin (the Mrs.) May 6, 2010 at 3:29 pm #

    Oh my. What a gorgeous dress. You look absolutely fabulous in it. And the red hair? Don’t do anything about it. Red hair is beautiful!

  45. amber May 8, 2010 at 9:32 am #

    Gorgeous! You did a lovely job on it and it looks fantastic on you. I’m such a sucker for a low back dress, so I’m immediately drawn to that.

  46. Cherie July 26, 2012 at 10:11 pm #

    Love love love. I made this same pattern but your result is much better. I agree about the shoulder width issue. Fantastic! You have inspired me to make this again!

  47. junenez May 23, 2013 at 1:40 pm #

    I used this pattern for my size 4 daughters junior prom dress. Never did get the shoulders to work quite right so she went without a bra! I also made a crinoline for underneath. I had fun making the bound buttonholes and it really dressed it up.

  48. lemide September 26, 2013 at 11:12 pm #

    Did you fully line it? how did you do that?

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