Today’s Pattern Story: Vogue 2880

by Erin on March 10, 2014



Pensive: Do I look pensive enough? The column is certainly pensive-worthy, but what about the wicker chair? Is wicker pensive?

Skeptical: Huh.

Pensive: I should be holding a rose, right? Not girdling myself with one? And it should be an actual flower, not a repurposed shower scrubber?

Skeptical: If you say so.

Pensive: What about the petroleum-based sheen of this fabric? I think perhaps it’s a little too oleaginous.

Skeptical: Could be.

Pensive: Well, it will all be fine when the unicorn shows up.

Skeptical: Any minute now. Sure.

{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

kathleen March 10, 2014 at 1:41 pm

That belt is …something.


KimP March 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm

That collar is . . . huge.


Cel March 10, 2014 at 3:01 pm

“petroleum based sheen” (and oily/scratchy all at once)


Carole March 10, 2014 at 3:34 pm

more, please.


Leah March 10, 2014 at 9:25 pm

Maybe there is something wrong with me, but I kind of like the shorter version…done in a silk or linen-cotton combination


mum March 11, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hey! I made the short version when it first came out! In a very lovely slippery ivory 100% polyester that was the first fabric purchase I ever made “with my own money”. It made those thick cuffs even thicker because I ignored (or didn’t know about) grading the seams. My “dead dinosaurs” fabric made me feel very dance-y, swishing around my knees at every step. And smelled a little funny. (I can actually remember the smell. Is it icky if I say it almost had a taste, too?) But I thought I was beautiful. Wait I have a picture! Let me find it… There I am, smiling behind a cake. It’s my 21st birthday, the last one I ever spent with Mom and Dad, and I feel all grown up!

Thanks for the memory. (Hmmm. Do I still have the remnant in my stash? I bet I still have the pattern. )


LinB March 20, 2014 at 3:13 pm

“Hey!” indeed. I think this is a beautiful dress; the giant flower was a signature look of the Italian designers of the time; and if you saw it on the runway today under the aegis of some now-popular designer, you’d swoon over its loveliness. If I still had the waist that I had when the design was new, I’d wear this look in a heartbeat.


Nancy G March 13, 2014 at 12:31 am

I made this pattern in BOTH versions (sans dish scrubby flower). The full length one was in a blue-grey Qiana (remember that stuff?), made for an acquaintance. The knee length one I made for myself in a dusty rose polyester interlock fabric. I loved wearing that dress with its full circle skirt, but it was a royal pain to lay out and cut!


Vicky March 17, 2014 at 2:25 pm

I remember Qiana. I made my wedding dress in Qiana in 1977.


Hanna March 14, 2014 at 6:21 pm

Unicorn ! Very dark; very funny.


Nicole March 17, 2014 at 1:57 am

I don’t know if a more 70s pattern envelope exists.


Cal March 20, 2014 at 4:21 pm

Today I saw a pink polka dot cotton eyelet and thought of you!


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