McCall’s 4089

by The Vintage Traveler on October 30, 2011 · 1 comment

in 1970s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing


I’ve had this 1974 pattern by designer Stephen Burrows hanging on my idea board for some time, and last week I finally got around to making it.  Burrows was one of the bright young designers who designed clothes that were perfectly in step with the late 1960s and into the 70s.  I’ll be writing more about him this week, as I feel like he is not as well-known as he should be.

I fell in love with this pattern the minute I spotted it.  I did have concerns about the collar, as I usually don’t like anything quite that big.  But it didn’t *scream* 1970s, so I made the decision not to alter it.  I’m glad I did, because it is just right with a scarf tied beneath.

I made this from a wonderful double knit cotton jersey I had stashed away.   Double knit  means that the fabric is knit with a double stitch that makes the knit the same on both sides.  There honestly is not a wrong side to this fabric.  It was knit as a tube, and is probably the nicest cotton knit I’ve ever sewn.

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I'm "Lizzie" Bramlett, aka Fuzzylizzie, a former teacher and long-time collector and lover of vintage clothing. The Vintage Traveler™ is where I tell about the interesting finds I make; whether it is an article of clothing, a travel destination, a tidbit of history or an obscure fashion history fact, I’m always on the hunt for the next old thing.

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Molly November 10, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Glad you kept the collar, its the first thing I really noticed about the pattern – in a good way – and looks great on the finished dress!


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