Vintage Sewing

A Little Summer Somethin’

July 31, 2007

Hello all! It’s been a few months since I posted – there were several unsuccessful sewing projects going on. 🙁 But I did have one thing turn out well, a summer dress made from McCall’s 4796 (1975 – it’s as old as me!)

Here is my version, in cotton fabric I bought from eBay a couple of years ago.

The pattern is easy and fast to sew. The back is loose, no zipper or buttons and pulls on over the head. Everything gets cinched up with the attached belt. It’s very wearable, I’m planning on making a few more at some point, maybe with contrasting fabric for the midriff and belt.

  1. Nice! Did you shorten the upper part of the bodice / shoulders? On Marla it looks like the front V goes to the belly button. Your’s is much nicer, more modest…

    Would love to see a back view.

  2. Thanks for all the nice comments!

    bopeep – I did shorten the shoulders. I am fairly short waisted, and when I first sewed it according to the pattern the back bunched up a lot and the underarms were way too big.

    Next time I make it I’ll do a better job, cause I actually prefer a deeper V in the front, and my quick shoulder adjustment made the V in the back to shallow, I think.

  3. hi Marissa
    although I’m not a member of this blog and don’t necessarily sew retro (but keep an eye on all this) I love this pattern and your version – really pretty, you did a great job !
    … just wanted you to know that 🙂

  4. Oh my gosh the memories. My mom used to have so many Marlo Thomas patterns lying around. I don’t even think she sewed them all. Yours looks good.

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