Vogue Couturier 1016 – completed!

Vogue Couturier 1016

I finished my posh frock for the Exeter Museum dinner I mentioned back in August, and it was a success!  I made two versions in the end.  The navy silk (above) for the dinner, and a shorter practice dress in black linen/viscose to wear on holiday (below).  I wanted to wear a version of the dress before cutting into the silk – especially because I’ve not sewn silk before.

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I’m so pleased with both of them.  They’re very comfortable and the wrap at the front is flattering and feels so glamourous. The wrap is  a separate piece with a pencil skirt underneath.

It wasn’t a difficult make, much easier than I thought it would be.  The bodice gathers fit into the bottom half of the side panel, which is very neat.  I did sew the side panel on upside down at one stage – having no printed markings on the pattern pieces is confusing.  I marked the waist edges on my traced pieces in the end, which really helped.

The pleating on the skirt confused me at first, but I took it slowly and used tailor tacks in three different colours for the different symbols.  There are pleats within pleats!

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This pattern was in the right bust size for me, which I recommend if you are tackling a vintage pattern.  I’ve just read Mad Women by Jane Maas .  She was a real life Peggy Olsen and is in her eighties now.  It’s very entertaining and fascinating to read the truth behind the myths – actually, most of the myths are true.  She says that one of the things she remembers most about fashion of the time is how uncomfortable the underpinnings were. So I decide to forego authenticity and increase the waist and hip measurements!

I used my serger to finish the seams.  How you would finish the waist seam with all those pleats is beyond me.  I decided not to bone the bodice and don’t feel it needs extra support.

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I  have plans for another dress using this pattern for next summer, with a modified skirt.  Single layer, with a few pleats instead of the over skirt, to make more of a day time dress.

Vogue Couturier 1016 patternPattern: Vogue Couturier 1016 (1960)  £24
Fabric:  3m Navy silk  £28, 3m Black linen /viscose  £18.  Silk cotton lining £10 (all from ebay)
Other: Silk pins £6.  Thread, binding, interfacing from stash.

Total for both dresses: £78

18 responses to “Vogue Couturier 1016 – completed!

  1. Gorgeous! Wonderful! Great job! You look stunning!

  2. Oh! this is lovely, you look fabulous.

  3. soooo pretty! i love how it drapes

  4. What gorgeous dresses. They both look fabulous on you. Great idea to make the black one first so you could test it for wearability before you cut into the silk.

  5. These are two supremely beautiful dresses! The drape is so flattering and stylish! I’m off to stalk this pattern now…

  6. beautiful. That style is so flattering! I was sort of bummed to read it was a vintage pattern. I was hoping I could make my own version!

  7. Wow, it’s really beautiful!! Those pleats do look confusing, like your colour coordinated tailor tacks idea.

  8. So beautiful and elegant! Well done!

  9. It is a beautiful dress! I am not sure how you would finish the inside with all those pleats! I like to french seam a lot of vintage garments but still have trouble on things like puffy sleeves so I would have gone your route and serged it up! ~Laurie

  10. Wow a knock out, to get such a glamorous look with comfort is ver clever.

  11. This is so flattering! Great dress for you.

  12. Gorgeous!! You did an amazing job!!!! 🙂

  13. Such a beautiful pattern. You have done a lovely job and the style really suits you – gorgeous 🙂

  14. Beautiful. Both you and the dress.

  15. WOW!!! This looks so beautiful on you!

  16. They’re both beautiful. Those pleats look really scary to do 🙂

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