The problem with Sizing. Vogue 8728

ImageAfter getting Vintage Vogue 8728 I was envisioning it as a gorgeous easy dress that would just come together simply and quickly and be a go-to for emergencies.

Well I suppose it did come together quickly and easily, really it was a dream to sew – the only problem is that it came together about 2 sizes too big. I mean it’s freakin’ HUGE, my shoulders are wide and even they couldn’t hold the straps on. and in the waist it’s at least 4″ too loose. And not to mention way too long!

I suppose patterns like this are why I should make a muslin, and even reading some reviews might have helped, but no I insisted on powering through and this is what I get!


Have a giggle at these pictures, it’s such a hot mess!




So over the next day or so, out will come the seam ripper and I plan on gathering the bust more, removing some fabric at the side and shoulder seams and deepening the back darts (also maybe adding two at the shoulders because the gaping is ridiculous) and raising the hem by at least 3-5″.


Have you suffered any sewing disasters because of sizing and fit issues and how did you manage to pull it back to something you might like?

2 Comments (+add yours?)

  1. Siri Andersen
    Nov 18, 2013 @ 15:43:39

    The very first dress I made was from a pattern from the 50s. I chose the size based upon my bust measurement, and basically got a dress shaped tent ;) Then I discovered dress sizes are supposed to be chosen by high bust measurement, and after that things have been much better :) I find modern patterns to be hopeless size wise, there is just so dang much ease in them that it is impossible to get a nice fit without making a muslin. So I had to learn that too…! Your dress isn’t looking all that bad, I am sure with a few tweaks it will be lovely :)


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