Easter Dress! McCall’s 5898 in Yellow Linen

by ChronicallyUncool

in 1960s,Dresses

I finished McCall’s 5898 in time to wear it for Easter! I have had the fabric (yellow linen/rayon blend with embroidered flowers in orange, brown and green, from JoAnn Fabrics) in my stash for more than a year. It felt great to finally get it done! Here it is, with the kind of wrinkles you get in linen after a crazy day of baby wrangling:
McCall's 5898, with wrinkles! McCall's 5898
The pattern is from 1961. The illustration shows that lovely bouffant shaped skirt, but I believe that shape requires the imagination of the pattern illustrator and/or a specially made fluffer with extra fluff at the hipline. I wore my regular two-layer net fluffer, which has more of a conical shape. I generally have plenty of my own fluff around my hips, but in this case it wasn’t enough to get the skirt shape shown on the pattern envelope. Also, note that this pattern is not specifically designed for a bordered fabric. The bottom edge of the skirt is curved. I went ahead with my bordered fabric because it was a loose floral with an uneven top edge. The thickness of the border on my skirt varies a little because of the curved hem, but it’s not noticable with the fullness of the skirt and the looseness of the border design. This pattern would not work with a boldly striped border print, but it’s fine for this fabric. Details posted here.

I am obsessed with border prints. Speaking of which, I realized I never posted this one:

I found this fantastic fabric obviously inspired by Frank Lloyd Wright’s Coonley Playhouse window design at my local Hancock Fabrics. I have read that Frank actually designed a few dresses, but I couldn’t find any pictures or sketches. If you’ve ever seen one of Frank’s dress designs, please let me know! I used a very simple pattern from the 1980′s: Butterick/See & Sew 3887. This pattern is super simple and ideal for a 45″ wide border print. Details here.

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Jessica April 12, 2010 at 5:53 pm

I love both! Fantastic job!

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tammyo April 12, 2010 at 9:51 pm

well done! the easter dress is adorable-i wish i could pull off yellow. where'd you find the wright-esque fabric? so cool!

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Bessie B. April 12, 2010 at 11:31 pm

Aw!!! Your Easter dress is so pretty! Beautiful job!

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Original Mischief April 13, 2010 at 1:01 am

I've actually seen and held Frank Lloyd Wright fabric. Haven't seen any dresses though.

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Tamina listening April 13, 2010 at 6:56 am

Oh my gosh! That Easter dress is absolutely charming! Well done! I'm feeling the need to seek out some border prints now!

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Atomic Mum April 13, 2010 at 7:32 am

I both your dresses are lovely, make me want to have a go at border prints too.

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When Ladies Dressed April 13, 2010 at 7:52 am

Just gorgeous Jenny! I especially love the yellow Easter dress! That's a great pattern and the fabric you chose is perfect!

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Sarah April 13, 2010 at 8:37 am

I love the yellow Easter dress – so beautiful! :)

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Misty April 18, 2010 at 10:34 am

The yellow dress is very nice. I like the cap sleeves.
Very feminine and cute.

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