Dear Friend,

Regular readers will remember when I started making a dress from this 1959 “Vogue” deadstock pattern over he-hem two months ago. I finally finished it last week and it was with great pride that I stitched in the “Vogue” label that came in the deadstock pattern.

So without any further adieu…. I give you my Vogue Special Design dress.


I wore it to the Oaks Day (the day that is traditionally ‘Ladies Day’ at the Melbourne Spring Horse Racing Carnival).

Here are some snap shots of my accessories.

I bought this vintage apple blossom fascinator on etsy quite a few months back from Bee Dee Vintage. ( I was very excited and relieved when it arrived in the mail, it was just as pretty as the photo and it was exactly the right colour for my dress)

I took a red bolero cardi with this china rose brooch pinned on it… in case it got chilly.

I wore vintage lace gloves and a cream beaded bag that I bought from … the latest Enjoy it Vintage (I love how the hearts on the gloves look almost the same as the beads on the bag).

Naturally, I wore the correct undergarments to complete my 1959 dress. I bought this vintage salmon lacy slip a couple of weeks ago, and I wore my trusty white crinoline….and proper stockings…of course! I love the fact the slip matched my hat…I know, I know no one sees it…but I know it’s there.

I went with my lovely frind Miss Sippy Tea and her beautiful Mum, Doreen.

We did quite a bit of people watching, saw some lovely outfits, sipped some bubbly and even had a flutter on the horses.

It was a lovely day!


Princess Pin Curls

Notes for those readers who interested in the sewing side of this post….. 

Would I recommend this pattern and will I try it again?

Yes. The pattern was straight forward enough to follow but I complicated matters by making a few adjustments (as I always seem to do).

Firstly, I decided against sewing the rouched belt ‘pocket’ to the waist line of the dress as it looked a little peculiar in my mock up….and I really didn’t want to bulk out my waistline.

Secondly, I had initially up-sized the pattern (because it was too small) only to find that it was too big when I came to doing the finally piecing together…due to my ‘reducing regime’.