vogue Vintage Dress V2905

A review of Vogue Vintage Dress V2903

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Reviewed by Jena on 26th April, 2020

Vogues Vintage pattern is beautiful on the packet that’s for sure … good bodice lines, v neck, with a bit of shoulder, full skirt … very flattering.

I made mine with linen from Goldbrick Fabrics on Goldhawk Rd, London. I love the pattern in the fabric white covered in pink and hot pink roses half of them pixilated. I thought that added a bit of ‘edge’ to the vintage style. The linen was quite fine and so on a recommendation, (thanks Shaaron)  I lined the core of the dress with fine lawn. This gave the bodice and skirt much more body. It did make the shoulder bodice sleeve neckpieces very thick though, and if I made this again I’d try and think of a  different solution for this area. See below.

To make the skirt full and to express this dress beautiful ‘line’ it really needs a vintage style puffed petticoat under it, but one with a lot of puff, so factor that in when you buy fabric and make it up. Mine needed two to lift the weight of the linen lined skirt.

The pattern’s fabric yardage is up there at 5 meters.

I won’t underestimate how difficult I found the shoulder construction which involved the neckband and the sleeve fitted into it and then the bodice. This was a challenge I was not completely up to, not having done this before. And the vogue instructions were not very clear which was a disappointment. So the dress was put together and pulled apart many times. But to be fair part of this problem was my slowly dawning realization that I have a right forward shoulder, so in the middle of the labyrinth shoulder construction, I was dealing with shoulder uniqueness that complicated it all to no end.

It’s still not right, I will pull it apart once more, I think.

I  would also like to try it again in another fabric maybe in a crisp cotton. It would be very swish for a tea party or for cocktails and frocktails.

I’d recommend this pattern … but not for beginners or the impatient … or those with denial about funny shoulders.