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Pattern Review: Vogue 8789 Misses’ Vintage Petite Dress

Threads magazine - 165 - Feb./Mar. 2013

Style tip: Carry the retro look with vintage accessories, or create an interesting juxtaposition with modern jewelry.

This review was originally featured in Threads #165 (February/March 2013).

Vogue 8789

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

Have you made this pattern? If so, be sure to share pictures in our Readers Closet gallery.


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