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Pattern Tour, 1935 Vogue Evening or Wedding Gown, Br30-6633

Alexandra Reynolds 1930s bias EvaDress Patterns evening evening gown formal How To My Personal Dressmaking Pattern Tour Vintage Patterns

This is a pattern by Vogue for the evening or wedding ‘Frock with or without train features circular frills outlining the raglan armholes.  Long sleeves pointed over wrists and darted at shoulder, are optional.  Deep V-opening at back or higher back with inset.  Gathers at front below neck band which is buttoned at back.  Knotted whisker at throat is optional.’

Vogue 6633

Vogue offered a generous seam allowance of 5/8" at a time when pattern companies widely produced patterns with a 3/8" or 1/2" seam allowance.  For their exceptional designs, Vogue also set themselves apart in the commercial pattern industry by selling their patterns at much higher prices. 

I created a red charmeuse gown for my daughter using this pattern.  I omitted the whisker, sleeves and frills and lined it in china silk (the upper bodice being self-faced).  For years, she dreamed of wearing a gown similar to that of Nicole Kidman at the 2007 Academy Awards.  I added a matching loop with tail snapped at the neck to recall a favorite detail from Kidman's gown.

I cut the skirt pieces on bias and as I tend not to lap and top-stitch seams at times (which is called for at the front corner of the skirt front and inset pieces) I made crisp, square corners with regular seams at that joining:

I also went for regular seams where the upper front bodice meets the skirt front.  This shot also shows the loop at right shoulder:



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