Pattern Review: Vogue 8728


Sea Island Floral


100% Silk crepe de chine



I’ve been looking forward to this dress all year and found a great silk for it this spring.  The pattern is 1947 Vintage Vogue 8728.  I made a few alterations based on the muslin I made of the top of the dress only.  I add two inches of gathering to the top and the skirt.  The fabric gathered so well and I wanted a fuller look.  The picture on the pattern envelope is a little deceiving.  I also added about an inch to the sleeve to make sure it completely covered my shoulder.  And I added height to the top to ensure the neckline wasn’t too low for my liking.  

I originally wanted to bring the shoulder seams in so the boat neck was narrower but i made the minor mistake of adding shoulder width to the front but not the back shoulder when I cut out the fabric.  Oops!  It still fits fine but I do have to adjust it once in a while when wearing it. 

 The pattern did not have a lining so I added a piece of facing to the front midriff.  Ideally, I would have liked to have a lining under the front blouse gathers too stabilize them but it seemed a little too complicated and time consuming to create one.  

You’ll notice the hem of the sleeve is a little curly.  I would like to re-stitch that so it’s smoother.  I would also like to tighten up the neck binding so it lays flatter.  It had to be hand sewn because my needle had trouble going through all the layers.  I tried switching several needles but each one struggled.  I enjoy hand sewing though.  

The button on the back adds just an extra touch of vintage I think.  If I did it over again, I would make a small keyhole in the back under the button. 

 I’m wearing a small petticoat under the skirt to give it just a little body for a vintage flare.  I’ve gotten lots of compliments and am so happy to finally have a vintage inspired dress!

Enjoy your vintage dress Abby and thanks for the great review!


  1. Angela Rae
    May 22, 2013 / 8:16 pm

    I enjoyed reading Abby's review and am very impressed with the dress. The fabric is so beautiful! I also like that Abby told us about some challenges she faced while putting the garment together. I feel like I can truly relate to her as a dressmaker. Abby, you are a vision of vintage loveliness!!!

  2. becki-c
    May 23, 2013 / 12:33 am

    That looks so vintage and so pretty on you. What a great dress for summer.

  3. Claire
    May 23, 2013 / 1:57 am

    What a gorgeous dress!!

  4. Unknown
    May 23, 2013 / 1:58 am

    Abby, you look awesome in your new dress. Also you did a great job on the dress. It fits you so well. Love it. Ronnie

  5. Abby
    May 26, 2013 / 3:49 am

    Thank you!

  6. Abby
    May 26, 2013 / 3:49 am

    Thank you!

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