This is the last of my backlogged sewing projects. I do have a couple of recently made and as yet unworn dresses to photograph and share soon. But this dress was made last summer. Yes, last summer! I got around to photographing it in the fall and am now finally sharing it with you!
The pattern is Vogue 9106, a vintage re-issue from 1952. It has lovely gathered tiers on the skirt that remind me a lot of a square dancing dress. It’s basically a peasant dress in my eyes, although others might see it differently.
As you can see on my dressform above, it hangs quite limply without an understructure and resembles a 90’s dress. It definitely requires a petticoat with fabric like this to achieve a more retro look.
This dress features bound buttonholes, a neck binding, sleeve cuffs and a self fabric belt.
I used vintage “mother of pearl” buttons a vintage buckle with this dress. There were a few of those pearl buckles in my grandma’s stash and that’s the last one. 🙁 I had some buttons in my stash that paired well with it.
The fabric is this gorgeous viscose poplin from Blackbird Fabrics. Caroline had this fabric in two colorways — white and black — last year. I don’t see it on the site right now, but she does have other viscose poplins.
This fabric was so lovely to sew with. It reminds me of the vintage cold rayon that I used on the dress in my last post. It drapes and falls so beautifully. I made this in June or July last year and wore it to Costume College. I went to a historical dancing class that day and it was the perfect choice to twirl around the dancefloor in my two left feet. 🙂
This fabric slips around, so I need to add some bra strap holders to keep it in place, rather than just fiddling with it and adjusting it all day. I may just do that today as I’m thinking about wearing this dress tomorrow. We’re in a warm spell here in California at the moment and it has me feeling very spring-y.
The skirt tiers were a bit fiddly to sew as they are cuts in the skirts in the pieces that you gather and sew together. The full impact of them is difficult to see with this busy print. In a solid or a light colored print, they would probably be showcased more. I’m wearing my light cotton petticoat with this. With a pouffier one, you’d probably get more of the shape on the pattern cover.
Other than the pesky gathered skirt tiers, this dress was a nice sew. The bodice went together beautifully. My only alteration was a full bicep adjustment on the sleeves which carried over to the length of the sleeve cuffs.
Would I make this again? Maybe. I was just thinking how this pattern would make a nice patio dress in a solid fabric with a bunch of rick rack trimming it. I’m making an effort to sew some of the Vintage Vogues that I haven’t made before, so I doubt this pattern will come back any time soon. But…. you never know!
- Dress: Vintage Vogue 9106 reissue from 1952, made by me
- Shoes: Swedish Hasbeens Peep Toe Super High
- Earrings: Vintage mother of pearl from my grandma’s jewelry box
- Lipstick: Besame 1965 Portrait Peach (affiliate link)