Vintage Sewing – Vogue 6572 from the 1960s

I’ve seen thousands of vintage patterns in my time of collecting and sewing them, but sometimes I run across one that makes me stop and dream of being the woman in the illustration.  The cutting table I recently bought came with several hundred patterns, most of them not of interest.  But while flipping through them, I stopped at this one and pulled it out for the “make” pile.

The last thing I need is another dress.  I have enough to cover the occasions in life where I’ll need to wear one.  But I just loved this design so much and began to dream of fabrics.

After days of thinking about this pattern I began to realize that it was not the dress I loved, it was the neckline and upper bodice.  In the 1960s designers must have gotten tired of trying to redesign the plain sheath dress, and so they got busy cutting the bodice into pieces and reassembling them.  Look carefully at mid-1960s sewing patterns and you will see what I mean.

Or just look at this one great example.  From the princess seams that shape the bust, to the sleeve and upper bodice yoke, it’s the seaming that makes this otherwise plain design interesting.  Add a tie neckline and a keyhole and you have plenty of interest in the design.

Still, I did not need a dress.

But I can always use another white knit top.  While looking through my accumulated fabrics, I ran across a white cotton knit that I’d been meaning to use to make a tee shirt.  Instead I decided to up my knit shirt game a bit by making the bodice of my new favorite design.

The pattern was not designed for knits, especially not one this thick and stretchy, so the slash keyhole is a bit rounded.  I also decided not to press the binding of the neckline flat, as I liked it rounded, especially with the tubular ties.

This is the sleeve.  Just a tiny curve makes it lie flatter, and gives another interesting element to the design.

The back of the dress takes a zipper, but I knew I’d not need one with my knit.  I love how the yoke meets the bodice in a point.

And here is the full view of the back.

I’m sorry about the dressform photos.  I promised myself sometime ago that all sewing projects would be modeled by me.  But after battling a cold for over a week, I think the dressform looks a little less scary.

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33 responses to “Vintage Sewing – Vogue 6572 from the 1960s

  1. You’re too cool for school!

    Hope you’re feeling better soon. 🙂

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  2. You are one good seamstress! Cute top!

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  3. What a great idea! I have often lengthened dresses to make formal evening wear, but it never occurred to me to shorten one to a top.

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    • I had a pretty good sewing education, but one thing I missed was how to adapt a pattern to one’s needs. Or maybe that is just a newer concept. Either way, I’m glad that I finally see that pattern designs are not etched in stone!

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  4. Brava! The intersecting stripes of the knit really add interest to an already great design. I made one yoked dress pattern from Vogue in the 60s that I loved so much that I made an exact duplicate when it wore out! Same slender, body-skimming style as this, with a horizontal yoke to help my narrow shoulders. Are you going to look through your fabric stash for more ways to make this top?

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  5. Your sewing projects always make my fingers itch to pick up a needle, whether I have time or not.

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  6. Very smart – both as an idea and a top! As you know, I love vintage patterns, and this post exhibits just exactly why they are so great!

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  7. Looks great, Lizzie! I’m with you…I really don’t need many dresses. Making a top was a clever way to go.

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  8. Such a beautiful dress pattern, and top, Lizzie – congratulations! Vintage patterns have the charm of excellent styling, pattern & directions, as you show here. Good for you for making your thoughts a reality, and sharing the result with us.
    Now back to a rest, with lots of hot tea, lemon & honey, and Netflixs. Hope you’re 100% soon!
    del

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  9. I would have stopped at that pattern in the pile too! Such wonderful lines!

    I really love how you made it into a top – and a super practical one at that! You did a lovely job! The pattern definitely makes a boring basic into something special and interesting. =)

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  10. Oh! It looks lovely! I love the style.

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  11. Kerrt

    Such great, simple and well drafted details

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  12. What a cute top! I enjoy the way you share your thought process, as well as point out design features on a pattern. I always learn something from you. Hope you are feeling better!

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  13. Lovely! A clever update (or backdate) on a tee shirt.

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  14. Sewing a top from a dress pattern is a great idea (duh!). You have some neat patterns listed on Etsy, and one is a style I sewed ‘in the day’ and it’s calling me, but now that I know about making it into a top, instead of the dress pictured, I may have to own it again.

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  15. What a brilliant idea! I really get what you mean about the 60s coming up with unique bodice designs, as over the course of my sewing and sewing pattern selling experience, I too have seen some interesting designs.

    I hope you feel better soon!

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  16. I am impressed! This knit is a hard fabric to maneuver so it shows how talented you are! The devil in the details! MUCH Merry to you!

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  17. I love it, Lizzie. It’s an adorable top. You did a great job!

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  18. I’ll add… hope you feel better today. We’ve had it up here in Minnesota too. A long-lasting upper respiratory virus…….that just doesn’t want to go away!

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