We are really excited to be a part of the BIG Vintage sew-long blogger tour, which kicked off a few weeks ago. Make sure you have a look at Katie’s and Portia’s makes from the last month. If you want to find out more about The BIG Vintage sew-along then why not read our post and find out how you can get involved, supporting the amazing Eve Appeal charity. We have also added a list of everyone who is part of the tour at the bottom of this post so you can see who is up next!
I’m going to start my post with an admission.. I’ve never written a blog about what I’ve made before. Having worked in the industry for a few years now I have edited and written countless blogs about other people’s patterns and makes but never about my own, so please be gentle with me.
I decided to make the Vogue V8974 as I fancied a bit of a challenge and having made a lot of the classic 50s shapes before I wanted to bring something new to my wardrobe. Once this was decided I then had to think about the fabric I was going to use. I found this beautiful washed Irish linen from Fabrics Galore. I think they still have some on their online shop – seriously it’s amazing and so nice to work with!
Having studied the back of the packet I had to cut out a size 14. I am usually about a size 10 but the vintage sizes come up very small. I decided to take a new approach and make a toile. I never usually do this, but I was so pleased that I did because I’d cut out a larger size to fit my waist. When it came to the bust it was huge on me, in fact the whole bodice didn’t really fit me. To solve this I pinned out all the excess and marked it on the pattern.
As you can see there was lot to take out and it was tricky as it affected the bust dart. When I copied the adjustments onto the pattern paper I could see immediately that the bits I’d marked to take out on the under bust wouldn’t work as it would mean that nothing matched up. I decided to take extra out of the side seam and luckily that worked. I then made another toile and it fitted, which was a massive relief! Then it was onto the making.. I had heard that there wasn’t much in the way of instructions on the big four patterns but I was pleasantly surprised. Don’t get me wrong you sort of need to know what you are doing as there isn’t the in depth instructions that many indie patterns give you but there are illustrations which I always find really helpful. The bodice is the most complicated bit of the dress so started with that and to challenge myself added a bit of pattern matching into the mix!
I started by sewing the darts and the side seams of the bodice section but stopped at the points marked on the pattern to give V shape at the front.
Then I attached the straps at the back. The funny bit about making this bodice is that you don’t attach the front straps until after you have attached the facing so they feed through a hole that you have left. The upside of this is that you can double check it’s the right length. Then I pinned together the facing to the bodice – the V shape at the front was hard to get sitting flat because there is so much bulk at the seam but the great thing about linen is that you can give it a really good press!
The final part was sewing up the skirt sections, being careful to make sure all the stripes matched (of course!), I then adding a zip. I chose to use an invisible zip rather than an ordinary one as I prefer them and they are so much quicker to put in – voila!
Blogger Tour Dates:
1. Friday 11th March – What Katie Sews
2. Friday 25th March – Makery
3. Friday 8th April – The Fold Line
4. Friday 15th April – Almond Rock
5. Friday 29th April – By Hand London
6. Friday 13th May – Handmade Jane
7. Friday 27th May – The Gingerthread Girl
8. Friday 10th June – YouTube Sew Over It
9. Friday 24th June – ooobop
10. Friday 8th July – A Stitching Odyssey
11. Friday 15th July – Kestrel Makes
12. Friday 22nd July – Diary of a Chainstitcher
13. Friday 29th July – Did You Make That?
14. Friday 5th August – Sew For Victory
15. Friday 12th August – Thumble Nina
16. Friday 19th August – English Girl at Home
17. Friday 26th August – Living on a shoe string
18. Friday 2nd September – House of Pinheiro
19. Friday 9th September – Randomly Happy
20. Friday 16th September – Wendy Gardiner for Butterick
21. Friday 23rd September – Scruffy Badger Time
22. Friday 30th September – The Fold Line