Progress made

Despite basking in the glorious sunshine this weekend, I got quite a bit done on my beloved Vogue 5510, a 1960s pattern which I'm hoping will turn out well enough to wear to a wedding this July. At the risk of exposing my lack of sewing knowledge, I'm really impressed with how the bodice is put sew the bodice and lining together and then turn the right side out. This eliminates  the need for facings etc. It's very clever indeed!

Anyway, as you can see the back's not quite even. This is because I'm not as small as a vintage size 14, so I'll have to cut the back piece in two (where it makes a 'V' shape) and add in a panel of fabric. This should be quite easy and at least I can take it in if I ever miraculously loose weight or add more fabric if I accidentally expand! I also think the straps need to connect to the back of the bodice a bit higher up (going by the picture on the pattern cover) so I'll have to adjust that too.

The front of the bodice fits really well, which I'm surprised at, as I thought it would be a little small. I'm also going to try an invisible side zip for the first time ever...can't be that hard can it?!?


  1. It's looking really nice so far. I love your fabric choice and the criss cross in the back.

  2. Looking good! And good like with the invisible zipper, I haven't had much luck (mostly because i don't have an invisible zipper foot I think). If you figure out a good way to do it, let us know.

  3. Thanks ladies, I really hope it turns out well too...I normally have issues with getting a perfect fit.

    I've never done an invisible zip before, but we were shown at the night class I go to and a proper foot was used...I wouldn't know where to begin without one. I'll let you know if I find any good tips though!

  4. Oh pretty! The bodice style is so flattering.

    For invisible zippers, here's a tutorial with photos and detailed descriptions:

    It's from Sherry's blog, she's really talented and does nice work. Hope this helps!

  5. Tasia, this is soooo helpful! Thanks very much!

  6. It looks lovely and the fabric is so pretty. I made up a 60s pattern which dealt with the fabric and lining the same way, I thought it was a lovely easy way to make it and more comfortable to wear.

    I'm doing an invisible zip for my current frock project so very grateful for the link too Tasia!