Saturday, January 09, 2010

Silk Vintage Dress

Something I made back in 2005 with Vintage Vogue 2401 pattern using red and black cross-woven silk dupioni.

With collar up.

Vintage Vogue 2401 is a reproduction from 1952.  I have serveral of Vintage Vogue, but this one was the first re-production I tried.  I love its vintage style with a modern flair.  One thing I did not expect is that there is no zipper on this dress. How do you put it on? The skirt has two sections with each section attached to front or back bodice. The sides of the back bodice extend forward and tied in front, while the sides of the front bodice have belting pieces attached with hook or eye. As a consequence, one might experience embarrassing moments when a wind blows your skirt pieces apart.

So as not to be concerned about this potential mishap, a piece of seam binding tape was attached to connect the front skirt edge and the corresponding side seam of the back skirt on the right. On the left, the same tape was attached to the left side seam of the back skirt, but snapped on to the left front skirt edge.

Front skirt with seam tapes sewn at sides.


Left side

I'd love to make another one from this pattern with one modification: add a zipper in the back to allow easier dressing, one of those inserted in the middle center back, a few inches below the collar.  As is, it is quite a struggle to put it on and off.  Of course, loosing some pounds would be a great help. 

Dava asked about the shoes I am wearing.  Here is a close up of them.  They are dark red patent leather high heels with silver buckles by Aerosol from several years back.  Perfect for the vintage dress. 


  1. wow, this is an awesome dress and looks so lovely. Those vintage stylings are just so classy.

  2. May, that's gorgeous!

  3. Gorgeous. I can't imagine a more perfect colour.

  4. May, this is TO DIE FOR!!!
    you look gorgeous in this dress - both, cut and color suit you perfectly!

  5. May, you look STUNNING in this! Great job on the dress!

  6. Anonymous8:53 PM

    Wow! That's a great dress--and I want to see the shoes, please!