The Dress I am Wearing RIGHT NOW

by Erin on April 21, 2009

Is this one:

blue deco dress

It's from fabric I bought in China, and it's the same pattern (Vogue 9670) as this dress.

Here's the neck facing, which is a bright pink that matches the pink in the flowers:

blue deco dress

And the back:

blue deco dress

I actually had fun matching the print here, on the center front and back seams. It wasn't as nit-picky or as tedious as I imagined it would be, maybe because the repeat of the pattern is a manageable size.

What I didn't do very well was the zipper:

blue deco dress

The hem is done with pale blue bias tape but the sleeves are done with a pale aqua bias tape. Because I had some left over, and because it looked cool. (You can see that in the top photo.)

This is a really comfortable dress — so comfortable, in fact, that I've made it four times now. I'm wearing the next two over the next few days, and I'll post pictures of them tomorrow and Thursday!

{ 29 comments… read them below or add one }

Lisa @ the Vintage Fashion Library April 21, 2009 at 1:45 pm

Love it! That print is to die for.

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Nicole April 21, 2009 at 1:58 pm

What a great dress! I think I am going to have to seek out this pattern, as this looks very elegant yet comfortable.

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Melissa April 21, 2009 at 2:02 pm

Adorable! There’s something a bit Rolly Crump about the print, and that’s always a good thing!

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San Antonio Sue April 21, 2009 at 2:34 pm

And given credit where it’s due, you MATCHED THE FRONT SEAM!

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Anonymous April 21, 2009 at 2:40 pm

Outstanding Spring dress.

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aurelia April 21, 2009 at 3:40 pm

Very cute. Why are you inserting your zipper to up instead of down?

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mickey April 21, 2009 at 3:51 pm

Lovely fabric!

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Jonquil April 21, 2009 at 4:01 pm

Nice work on the pattern matching, and I love the contrast facing.

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Adrienne April 21, 2009 at 4:43 pm

Have you tried using a zipper foot instead of the invisible foot? If so, be sure to hand-roll the teeth flat as you sew to get closer to them for a more closed effect, but careful not to catch thread in teeth – it’s the best way I have done them to date; although I am always open to suggestions. god Bless you.

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Sold A Moke April 21, 2009 at 4:50 pm

Very, very nice. You did a great job and it looks lovely.

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gwensews April 21, 2009 at 6:42 pm

Very femninine and pretty. It says “spring”!

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Anonymous April 21, 2009 at 6:47 pm

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Cindy April 21, 2009 at 7:27 pm

I love the dress! It does look comfy. Can’t wait to see more dresses! Are you joining the PR vintage pattern contest?

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RachelMM April 21, 2009 at 8:08 pm

Great dress! Really cute. You know the zipper isn’t too bad and is completely fixable. You just need to sew in a bit closer to get the “seam look.” Even with invisible zipper foots often I will need to adjust the needle to get in a bit closer. Love the fabric. You can tell it’s a really special one.

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Amy April 21, 2009 at 8:11 pm

What wonderful work you do! I look forward to see the others.

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squiggy April 21, 2009 at 9:03 pm

Gorgeous! And subtly Judy Chicagoesque. I wish I owned it.

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Danika Paige Myers April 21, 2009 at 9:52 pm

LOVE!

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Marge, Born Too Late Vintage April 22, 2009 at 5:23 am

Well now it’s nice to see that pattern made up. Someone just bought that pattern from my store today!

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laura April 22, 2009 at 8:11 am

use the sewingdiva.com tutorial on invisible zippers. I’ve never had an invisible zipper problem since.

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lucitebox April 22, 2009 at 9:12 am

Lovely–what great fabric–and silk cotton, too. It must feel terrific!

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Marjie April 22, 2009 at 1:58 pm

Invisible zippers can be a real cramp in the butt. But when they come out right, they’re terrific! I have also recently learned to do lapped zippers, and love them! This is a nice dress; I’m looking forward to seeing your others. Does this mean spring has gotten to Chicago?

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Zazzu April 22, 2009 at 2:53 pm

I like seeing the zipper because it matches the neck facing. Besides, I love that shade of pink.Such a pretty dress!

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Kate April 22, 2009 at 6:03 pm

So, so, so, so pretty!!! Well done, sis!

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Anonymous April 22, 2009 at 8:07 pm

Thats a really nice match on the front and very, very pretty fabric.Keep the 2s’s going=smiling and sewing

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What-I-Found April 22, 2009 at 8:53 pm

I see little pink haired flower creatures in that print…with pink hands shaking at me! Maybe I need to get away from the computer for awhile.

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wundermary April 23, 2009 at 1:31 am

OH, the print is great and has such subtle colors and you did a great job matching the the print! I like your funky, contrasting facings, too.

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Jessica Cangiano April 23, 2009 at 5:59 am

So much fun! I love this print, you could pull so many colours from it to match or compliment your accessories, shoes, bags – even nail polish with :)

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Cherry Rockette May 4, 2009 at 2:48 am

is this a vintage pattern? strange that it calls for an invisible zipper, i would have thought it would use a normal dress zipper with an overlap seam??

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Past Perfect Vintage Clothing May 7, 2009 at 8:56 am

Love the print – very Liberty of London. I sympathize with the zipper – after 30+ years of sewing I am finally moving to invisible zippers from lap seam application. It’s a whole new learning curve!

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