Pattern Review: Vogue 8789 Misses’ Vintage Petite Dress
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This review was originally featured in Threads #165 (February/March 2013).
This dress, derived from a circa-1957 design, has two bodice options. One is a bias-cut V-neck with cut-on facings and curved shoulder seams that form a slight cap sleeve. The other, cut on the cross-grain to show off a border print, is a bateau neckline that closes at the shoulders with buttons and self-fabric loops. Providing support for the gathered skirt is a grosgrain waist stay. Our tester found this pattern easy, but with fit considerations. For anyone over a B-cup, a full-bust alteration is required. These dresses have side zippers, and for those with broad shoulders, the V-neck design could be difficult to get on. The bias-cut cummerbund pattern piece is one size, so check if there is a need to make it longer before cutting. The sample dress at right, made in cotton sateen, has a cummerbund cut on grain to highlight the border print. The design is recommended for lightweight wovens, such as voile or chintz.
(Sized Misses’/Misses’ Petite 6-22 for busts 30.5-44 in. and hips 32.5-46 in.)
Style Tip: Carry the retro look with vintage accessories, or create an interesting juxtaposition with modern jewelry.
-Tested by Mary Ann Duff, Alexandria, Virginia
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Style tip: Carry the retro look with vintage accessories, or create an interesting juxtaposition with modern jewelry.