In 2009-2010 I was absolutely crazy about any patterns, movies or styles from the 1930s. I rented every movie Wright Library had from the 1930s. My favorite was Stage Door, it had the most pretty, elegant and fun garments.

At the time there were not a lot of indie pattern designers making replicas. Decades of Style was available and that was all I could find.  I was working part time at Hancock Fabric so I chose this Vogue pattern #2859. (BTW if you have a second check out Decades of Style they have some amazing patterns.)

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The dress came out beautiful although the picture is really misleading. With no closure and it is a pull over dress, it can’t possibly look that fitted.

It was also very hard to see all the detail inlay pieces I worked on so hard. There is a diamond it the front center of the gown. However the dress to the left I made the was my second attempt and out of a solid material my work could be seen. I did add a zipper and made it more fitted like the photo as well.


T shirt came out nothing like it was supposed too and construction was really complicated, with the hole being larger in the front and the waist line hit me just under my chest. I am about 5’3″ and I did not use any lengthen or shorten lines.

At one point I looked up the pattern on and all the problems I was having were all documented right in front of me. It gave me a little more confidence that it was not just me messing it up that others were having the same exact problems with the fit, length and the huge hole in the front. I also noticed the pattern was chosen through a designer contest. I was not an original repo and a light went off.

After making it twice I decided to draft my own pattern that was much simpler to sew. I took the kimono back that I loved and added a simple front to it.

Remember if something is tough, giving you a hard time and you feel you are at a loss if you are learning lessons along the way you are gaining more than loosing.

All professional photos were taken by Seth Stephens.

Thank you for reading!

Tracy McElfresh
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