Sunday, August 28, 2011

Vintage Vogue Gown Published!

In high school, I dreamed of flouncing around in Victorian corsets and petticoats, and lusted after Pre-Raphaelite images of ladies and their knights.  Over the years, my favorite fashion decade has changed again and again (from 1800 to 1900 to the 1950s and back to the 1940s), but my fascination with creating beautifully crafted garments has not. 
Yesterday, I told you a bit about my first garment sewing experience, and today I thought I would share my excitement at having one of my gowns published in Threads Magazine.

I entered my version of Vogue 2494 in their “Inspired by Threads” contest last October.  I did not win (boo-hoo), but was contacted by an editor suggesting that the dress be included in their Reader’s Closet print edition for the April/May 2011 issue.

It turns out that the magazine prefers to have the dress on a form as opposed to on a body.  Since I do not have a dress form, it was suggested that I send the dress to them to have it photographed.  Now, the dress is obviously one of a kind, and I spend many hours creating her.  I work in an office and know how things can get lost in transit, so I was extremely nervous about putting the gown in a box and letting go.  Well, she is back in my custody safe and sound, and I can now say that my work has been featured in a magazine!  It was also very interesting to learn how far in advance things must be completed to go to print.

More information regarding the construction of the garment may be found on Pattern Review and at BurdaStyle.  I loved the style lines of this dress so much that I made a second version.


  1. Congrats on the new blog and also on having your work featured! That's quite a compliment! (I was excited when McCalls offered just to feature a dress I made on their Facebook page and that's nothing when compared to a magazine!) I can't wait to see what you ale next! I just love all your vintage style dresses.

  2. @Jennifer Thank you so very much! The email from the editor was completely unexpected and incredibly flattering – and a little encouragement always helps the creative process, doesn’t it!

  3. Hi, I just found your blog, love the dress!!