Vogue Patterns magazine, but I do check it out on the newsstand every month. I had to buy the June/July issue because of one of the free projects: instructions to make your own crinoline to complete your Vintage Vogue ensemble.
One of the things that's always bothered me about the Vintage Vogues is that they don't modernize the length. That in itself is fine, but if you're wearing 50s tea-length, you definitely need some structure under your dress, whether from a big fluffy crinoline or a more subtle shaping with horsehair braid. Is there anything sadder than seeing someone who's taken the time to beautifully construct a vintage dress pattern in classic tea-length and their skirt is all limp? (Okay, I guess there are sadder things, but I'm being dramatic for the sake of the post.)
And finally Vintage Vogue acknowledges this! Their petticoat article shows a reissued 50s pattern, with and without a crinoline. And then they give you clear, step-by-step instructions for making your own. Love it!
I did think it was funny that the crinoline they make is a mere 21" inches long, when most Vintage Vogues end at a very dramatic tea-length, I would guess around 29-30". But it's progress. Next, I'd like an article on fitting the bodices of reissues to get a more 50s look. Right?
Also worth noting: if you don't have time to make a petticoat, these are supposed to be the best and they're very reasonably priced. Happy twirling!
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