Sunday, September 29, 2013

Vogue 5782 meets Andy Warhol

Second choice for The Monthly Stitch September’s “Vintage Patterns” challenge is the truly vintage Vogue 5782
You may recall I’ve toiléd a variation of this pattern before. My intentions are to make it up in a very precious piece of vintage wool given to me by my favourite tutor a couple of decades ago, but felt I needed to toilé the whole dress properly first. 
The polished cotton fabric was bought in the August sale at The Fabric Warehouse - the same day I attended the fantastic Andy Warhol:Immortal exhibition at Te Papa. The random splashes of cyan and magenta on otherwise fairly monochromatic grey/olive reminds me of his work.
Two changes were made to the pattern. I moved the zip from centre back to sideseam as I find zips easier to do up at the side, and the neckline is wide enough to slip my head through. It does still need a zip - because - as per the pattern - the waist seam is gathered onto tape cut to my exact waist measurement, and - you know - boobs/bum > waist. The second change was to make the ties into a belt, instead of coming from the side seams. This way I can wear it with other belts.
Probably because of my rusty pattern grading skills I also need to look at my armhole scye, as it seems quite tight this time. The sleeve head has plenty of ease so it should be a fairly easy adjustment to cut the armhole a little larger. And I love this sleeve length! Plus, the pattern has pockets in the sideseams. (Yes, I did put the zip in behind the pocket).
I made a bit of a boo-boo last weekend and bought some more fabric. Never fear, it will become a frock in Froctober! It’s not technically “stashed” if it doesn’t make it into the “stash”, is it?


  1. Saw your post over at The Monthly Stitch and had to come over and see the whole thing. I just LOVE this dress, the pattern and the gorgeous fabric are such a good combination. I really love that neckline, going to have to search to see if I can find that pattern online. What do you call that neckline? Maybe if I knew I could look up other patterns that have used it. And, for my Monthly Stitch vintage patterns, I chose the 70s and did a DVF dress and I included a pic of Andy Warhol, you can check here: How did you like the exhibit? I saw an Andy Warhol exhibit a few years back in Toronto, Canada and it was fantastic. They had the 'screen tests' running and I was so fascinated by them, I could not look away. Just having those folks, some became stars later, and some just regular folks sitting in front of the camera and doing odd things was so intriguing. I was afraid the gallery staff would come by and ask me to leave! lol.

    1. Thank you so much! I absolutely love the brown DVF dress you made too! The neckline is called a cowl, the whole front is cut on the bias to make it drape like that.
      The exhibition was fantastic, yes, I too spent some time watching the screen tests, and bought a "Green Sam" from the gift shop as a treat.