Off to a great start

by Erin on October 2, 2007


Vogue 2134

Has everyone seen this dress, from the PatternReview Vintage Sewing contest?

Isn't it lovely? Shinta did such a great job — and she calls herself a beginner! Which just goes to show you: if you love a dress enough and take your time, even a beginner can make something exquisite. Don't settle for a ho-hum project; choose something that takes your breath away, then just concentrate. Slow and steady makes the dress.

Here's the original pattern envelope, just so you can see exactly how well Shinta realized the ideal:


Vogue 2134

I think that even if this is the only dress Shinta ever makes, she can call herself a seamstress for the rest of her life. Seamstress First Class, even!

{ 30 comments… read them below or add one }

Heather Outside Boston October 2, 2007 at 9:07 am

Yea, Shinta! I hope she can find the perfect crinoline for under it and a fantastic event to wear that incredible dress. :-)

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Rebecca October 2, 2007 at 9:31 am

And I, who have been strictly a 1950′s gal, have been loving these later Vogue Paris Originals. I have about 4 in my collection and this pattern is sending me straight back to e-bay.And a word on reading pattern instructions as a new sewer…I have found that, especially on complicated patterns, reading the whole sheet of instructions in the beginning is a recipe for throwing up your hands in despair; one step at a time, as our dear Erin instructs

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zimmersarmy October 2, 2007 at 9:35 am

Wow! Amazing dress.Go and check out the rest her photos…the lining is just as stunning. AND her hand stitching is so very well done.Standing O for you, Miss.-Janet

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SteffS October 2, 2007 at 9:43 am

Absolutely splendid! Yellow is not my color, however I think I would wear this in spite of it! Who’d be looking at my face anyway?! Breathless!

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Nora October 2, 2007 at 9:44 am

Wow, that’s inspirational. And it looks like the Sew Retro theme of the month is “No More Buts,” including “but it’s too hard” – so your advice that you can tackle anything one step at a time is well-timed. Plus, such a nice way to get the larger, life-sized implications of this lesson, to get it not just intellectually but in your body. I bet Shinta feels unstoppable now, and she should!!!

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jenny October 2, 2007 at 9:53 am

This is fabulous! I, too, was struck by the lining – pretty inside and out! Congrats, Shinta

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jenny October 2, 2007 at 9:54 am

This is fabulous! I, too, was struck by the lining – pretty inside and out! Congrats, Shinta

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3 to get ready October 2, 2007 at 9:56 am

What a gorgeous, beautifully executed dress! Great job, Shinta!(Also, holy moly, that is one clean and glossy floor!)

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Archivarian (An Archival Library Mistress) October 2, 2007 at 11:48 am

Fantastic work Shinta! You should be proud of yourself. A little bit of time and dedication and such an exquisite dress. It takes my breath away!

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Sydney October 2, 2007 at 12:29 pm

No matter how hard I concentrated, I couldn’t do that! But I admire the people who can sew. Great job Shinta!

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Anonymous October 2, 2007 at 12:55 pm

Are you sure you’re a beginner? We’d love to see more of your work and hear more from you!!! Thanks for posting this great dress!

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vespabelle October 2, 2007 at 2:33 pm

I saw that one and said, “there is now no way in hell I’m going to win!”It is truly an amazing dress!

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Anonymous October 2, 2007 at 2:38 pm

Get on there and vote for Shinta!

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enc October 2, 2007 at 3:15 pm

I think her dress looks nicer than the one in the photo on the envelope. That silk-shantung-y fabric is what makes it, I think.

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zimmersarmy October 2, 2007 at 3:51 pm

And you’ve got to love saying “Shinta in Shantung!”-Janet

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Jenny October 2, 2007 at 3:58 pm

That dress is simply stunning, and I love the daffodil yellow color. She’s very talented, and humble too.

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La BellaDonna October 2, 2007 at 4:42 pm

Oh, well done, Shinta! *clapping*My mother used to say Chip, chip finishes the log; over the years, it has mutated into Stitch, stitch finishes the dress. The most wonderful dress you’ve ever seen, as well as the most scarifying hideousity, were both made the same way: one stitch at a time. You can do one stitch, can’t you? Then you can do another. Then you can put another in … and, sooner or later, you have a dress!Some en-Shantung evening, you may meet a straaaanger….

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Natalie October 2, 2007 at 5:21 pm

Great inspiration! I love the fabric she chose and I’m still hooked on yellow.

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MadeByAmanda October 2, 2007 at 5:54 pm

Wow, that dress looks better than the one on the pattern envelope, and better on her than on the model!Nice work!

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phoenix October 2, 2007 at 7:03 pm

That’s beautiful, Shinta! I love the pockets and the colour is fantastic!

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Karen October 2, 2007 at 7:09 pm

That picture made me gasp, it is so gorgeous. Shinta should be so pleased and proud, it is amazing.But I have to say, I kinda hate her – I’ve made more dresses than I can remember, and a few suits, and none have been remotely that beautiful. I don’t even know how you start putting in a zipper that pretty. Not to mention the fabric and lining selections, which are just – wow. wow, and wow.

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jasmin October 3, 2007 at 4:59 am

wow, that’s so elegant!

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Knitterella October 3, 2007 at 6:23 am

Wow! The dress is stunning. Very impressive!Love that shade of yellow too!Jill

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Anonymous October 3, 2007 at 1:18 pm

Wow, that dress is beautiful and she did a great job on it, but it doesn’t seem fair to the other contest participants to feature a dress on the blog here, esspecially if she wins.

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Tasha October 3, 2007 at 3:25 pm

Oh, “anonymous,” get over it. People will vote for what they want.This dress — wow! I love the pockets. It may seem a travesty, but I want a shorter, more casual summer version. Now. Please? Anybody?

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Lexy Girl October 3, 2007 at 4:47 pm

I too am in awe of the dress.I’d also like to make a shoutout to Shinta’s photog. had she taken a picture of that dress on a hanger under harsh overhead light with a light colored background, it would likely have had half the allure.

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Anabolina October 3, 2007 at 5:12 pm

Sorry you want me to ‘get over it’ Tasha. No need to attack people, would you say that in real life?How would you feel if you had worked on a dress and entered it into that competition, only for the competition to get theirs features on such a widely read blog as Dressaday? I know I’d be really frustrated. It just doesn’t seem fair and I know life isn’t, but that doesn’t mean we should go out of our ways to make it unfair. And no, I didn’t post a dress in the competition, but only because I was too lazy to write anything up. Yes the dress is beautiful, but there are other beautiful dresses posted and I hope people will look at all the competition before voting.

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Erin October 3, 2007 at 5:30 pm

Anabolina, I understand your frustration, but since I’m not affiliated with PatternReview in any way (other than as a member of the site), I don’t see as there’s anything “unfair” with posting Shinta’s dress. (Neither do I know Shinta personally, so it wasn’t any electioneering on her part.) With any luck, posting it here will encourage people to visit the whole contest, which I also linked to.

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Anabolina October 3, 2007 at 8:14 pm

Oops, didn’t mean to get anyone riled up by calling it unfair, just my opinion. This is of course you blog Erin and everything. :shrugs: I guess I’ve had too much time tonight to pay attention to it. Come on students, I need to help you research whatever :)

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Kate in England October 4, 2007 at 9:28 am

Okay, I just lost my comment… dunno why. So sorry if it does eventually appear twice. Anabolina, FWIW, I’m a staunch Dress A Day reader and I DO have an entry in the PR vintage contest. Obviously I am GUTTED that it wasn’t my entry that Erin picked out to praise, and will probably be mentally scarred for life ;-) but that dress is to her taste and it’s her blog so I don’t think it’s unfair or frustrating. C’est la vie!

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