Now All I Need is A Ball To Attend

by Erin on May 14, 2009

Vogue 890

Thanks to Lulu Yen, I know now of the existence of Vogue 890. Sadly, the one above on eBay isn't my size, but I'll get you, my pretty. I will.

So the plan is:

— get pattern in my size, or a close approximation thereof
— make pattern in fantastic fabric (maybe my brown roses fabric, which is still looking for a home?)
— await invitation to ball, which at this point is going to be one I attend as the duenna of my granddaughter, but that's okay. (For point of reference: my son is nine.)
— attend ball, carrying numerous useful items (sewing kit, handkerchief, cough drops, band-aids, bowling ball) in my capacious POCKETS!

I think it's a very good plan. What say you?

{ 31 comments… read them below or add one }

Libby Fife May 14, 2009 at 8:36 am

Will it be the Ball of Super Tall Women? I am afraid you will have to grow by several feet in order to attend. Good luck.


Anonymous May 14, 2009 at 8:55 am

another plan is to get said pattern. Convince Vogue that the Dress a Day people will flock to get the Vintage Vogue modern copy. Let Vogue resize it for you. Put the Dress a Day logo on the front of it. Be a hero to thousands of fans. Then we can all gather in Chicago in our new dresses for a stimulating celebration of the dress.


Lydia May 14, 2009 at 9:01 am

Erin,Seems to me you could fudge something very similar using a basic square-neck princess seamed pattern and your method for inserting pockets into a six-gored skirt. Just make cuff the pockets!Why go hunting around for a pricey vintage pattern when you can cobble something quite similar with what’s on hand?


Krista May 14, 2009 at 9:12 am

I say that you make the short version up as a fabulously swingy sundress and flaunt it now. Just saying.Oh, and pocketz!


dulcet May 14, 2009 at 9:18 am

Of course, I had to image-google Sybil Connolly. Wow. You must take at look at this dress. Piping, lovely color, tiny pleats all the way down! I knew how to make that link.)


Trudy Callan May 14, 2009 at 9:54 am

I second Krista on making the shorter version and Lydia on making it up in your size. It would be so


Tart Deco May 14, 2009 at 10:23 am

Or- you can get the dress and resize it yourself-


Beth Dunn May 14, 2009 at 11:16 am

I love that gown. So pretty! xoxo


Anonymous May 14, 2009 at 11:35 am

Love it as a sundress. As a formal? Meh.-Sandra


Chantelle May 14, 2009 at 11:55 am

OMG I love it! A ballgown that’s gorgeous AND practical! I think I’d like to have the pockets over carrying a clutch or purse, because a purse has to be put somewhere. And I like to have everything in easy reach.I think the pattern could work in the shorter length as a summer party dress as well. I guess it would be possible, not to mention less expensive, to reconstruct the dress from another pattern in one’s size (note that this process is much easier if you can see the back of the pattern so you know exactly what the pieces look like). My SO often tells me that I should just reconstruct the dresses instead of buying all of these patterns.But… there’s something about being able to see the illustration and work with the original pattern and instructions that I like. I guess that it’s part of the magic of working with vintage patterns. Chantelle


Sam May 14, 2009 at 12:19 pm

What’s the name of the designer on that pocket: XXXXX of Ireland ??? seems funny..


val May 14, 2009 at 12:44 pm

If there is no occasion, the best thing to do is MAKE ONE.I have told friends that all attendees of movie night must be smartly attired in a dress or skirt.


verobirdie May 14, 2009 at 1:11 pm

OK it is practical, but I cant get to the idea of a ball dress with pockets :-)


Krista May 14, 2009 at 1:16 pm

Oh, you must check out Dulcet’s link. I clicked on it and was all SQUEEE infinity! What a masterpiece and an incredibly artful zipper installation!


Miss Rayne May 14, 2009 at 1:29 pm

Lots of dresses from this period had HUGE pockets, no need for an actual reason for them, just the fashion.Personally I find it hard to be without pockets.


--ginger. May 14, 2009 at 2:44 pm

I think it’s a totally excellent plan. Especially the part about the bowling ball.


smalltownmom May 14, 2009 at 3:46 pm

I love the POCKETS!


Miss Amelina May 14, 2009 at 4:04 pm

FYI…I just passed along a sisterhood blogging award…You are a busy bean, so no need to respond. I just wanted you to know that your words have been a delightful source of inspiration over the last couple years. And I know that I am not alone in wanting to thank you for your sense of humor, honesty and talent! Sew on!!I hope you find your ball!!


Marjie May 14, 2009 at 5:03 pm

It would also be an awesome mother of the groom dress. Of course, you have to wait a while for that, too.


Maggie May 14, 2009 at 7:14 pm

Erin, I never cease to be amazed at the pockets you (with help from your friends) find all over the place. How cool on a ball gown/dress. You have identified yourself so much with pockets that I never see a pocket embelishing something without thinking of you. You sprung to mind just yesterday while I was perusing a book with great shots of Jackie Kennedy’s coat for the inauguration. Gorgeous pockets designed by Oleg Cassini.Marguerite


Cookie May 14, 2009 at 7:43 pm

If you wear this to a ball once your 9-year-old is grown, the pockets might be put to good use if filled with spare change/gold dubloons. I am watching The Tudors right now, and the queens are always handing out coins to the poor when they’re in public. If our economy crashes further and further, there could well be swarms of hungry savages surrounding that ballroom in 15 years, BUT if you carry enough coins with you in those pockets and distribute them as you go, you JUST might make it safely inside! GOOD LUCK!


*Sandra* May 14, 2009 at 8:57 pm

Cookie, the Queen still doles out Maundy money, but these days it’s to worthy souls rather than to poor souls.


Heidi May 14, 2009 at 9:15 pm

If you wore that to a ball, I can guarantee you’d be incredibly popular: “Oh dear, I’ve pricked myself with a rose!” “Not to worry! I have a Band-Aid in my pocket!”


Alaina May 14, 2009 at 10:21 pm

Oh my goodness, I just made a dress out of that brown roses fabric! Not for myself, unfortunately. And not a ballgown. But you’re right, it’s amazing.


Anonymous May 15, 2009 at 2:28 am

Or you could make the cocktail dress and hold the entire cocktail cabinet in your pockets. Or keep one for an ice bucket.


Little Hunting Creek May 15, 2009 at 7:08 am

A ballgown with POCKETS! Genius!More proof, as if we needed it, that vintage patterns and designers are WONDERFUL.


Pinup Dresses May 15, 2009 at 9:06 am

My pretty is right! In either form, a shorter more casual or a ballgown :) Sometimes a gal has to overdress.


brocadegoddess May 15, 2009 at 9:36 am

Oh, but this would be so so easy to grade! Go ahead and get it, I also noticed that it’s so far pretty cheap. I’d be going for it myself if the seller shipped to Canada, but they apparently don’t, Boo-urns!


Cookie May 15, 2009 at 11:53 am

Cookie, the Queen still doles out Maundy money, but these days its to worthy souls rather than to poor souls. Great…so now you have to prove your WORTHY of some beggarly coins, with which to buy food? Rickets isn’t enough anymore?


La BellaDonna May 15, 2009 at 2:04 pm

If I’m not mistaken, Vogue has recently re-run an amazingly similar Vintage Design, V2267 – it’s the short version, and it has a little short-sleeved cropped jacket. It’s in the “Out of Print” section, but still available there. I actually picked up my copy from Lanetz Living, I believe. It doesn’t have the long version, or the pockets, but surely you might be able to cobble it up? Or to combine it WITH the original pattern here? If not, Vogue 8577 (current) might be usable – it certainly has its own very large pockets!I had forgotten how utterly beautiful that brown roses fabric is. You MUST make it up and wear it! Please?


Anonymous June 1, 2009 at 12:59 pm

Erin, you are definetly “Ms. Pockets”. Just like Susan Graver on QVC, you both love pockets. This is a nice dress.


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