McCall’s 7345 – 1930′s adorableness!

by silverstah on April 26, 2012 · 18 comments

in 1930s,Dresses

Hi there – long time reader, first time poster. :)

I work in a university theatre department, and I’ll be putting together a number of 1930′s patterns for a play this summer.  I usually draft my own patterns – but time is of the essence, and all my student labor has gone home for the summer!

First up is a 1930′s McCall’s pattern:

 

Super cute, eh?  The challenge on this one was that my actress has a bust that’s about 8″ larger than the pattern bust – so it had to be severely graded up.   The toile looks very promising, though:

I can’t wait to try it on my actress and put it together in the fashion fabric!

More photos on my blog, here and here.

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Katherine April 26, 2012 at 11:37 pm

Welcome to our 177th contributor! Thrilled to have you onboard :D

Oh, this is looking awesome. Love the bows on the sleeves. Keep us informed on how it works out in the final fabric.

(P.S. I’m jealous of your cutting tables)

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silverstah April 26, 2012 at 11:48 pm

Thanks! The fabric the designer picked out is this GORGEOUS heavy crepe silk. It should drape beautifully.

I love, love, love my cutting tables. Although I’ve become spoiled – I hate cutting things out at home now. (Also not pictured: the wall of palladium windows. We have an amazing workspace!)

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Emily April 27, 2012 at 7:57 am

Looks great! I love the details on the bodice, very cute!
-Emily

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silverstah April 27, 2012 at 10:43 pm

Thank you!

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Laceflower April 27, 2012 at 10:37 am

Great back on the dress, are you going to change the peek-a-boo part? Love the cape as well.

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silverstah April 27, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Thank you!

We’re going to see how it looks on the actress before making a decision about the peek-a-boo. I think it would be easy enough to just put a CB zipper back there, and still have the cute button detail at the top. I made a toile of the cape, too – but the dress is so cute that I hate to cover it up! :)

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BanjerGal April 27, 2012 at 10:59 am

Fantastic! Fabric looks amazing!

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silverstah April 27, 2012 at 10:44 pm

Thanks!

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D'ellis April 27, 2012 at 11:51 am

Thanks so much for ‘taking the plunge’ and posting such interesting & educational an entry! Your blog is also full of details that will be of great help – already downloaded a pdf of your grading recommendation from Threads. (I’ve known Threads for years – do I check them ? Duh! More fun to find out from others like yourself!)

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silverstah April 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm

Wow, thanks! Glad that you found the post so interesting. I’m looking forward to writing more posts about the art and craft of sewing – I love being able to share what I know!

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Jessamyn April 27, 2012 at 2:59 pm

Great dress, great execution! The pattern’s nod to the ascot, while being so much more practical, is really clever.

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silverstah April 27, 2012 at 10:45 pm

Thanks so much! I love all the little details that these vintage patterns have. They really knew how to make fabric WORK, you know?

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Sarah Elizabeth April 27, 2012 at 9:41 pm

I love this – I would happily wear that muslin!

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silverstah April 27, 2012 at 10:46 pm

LOL! My students have been making eyes at it, too. ;)

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Garnet April 27, 2012 at 11:52 pm

This is adorable! I love the button on the back neckline in the illustration on the envelope!

Garnet

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Anna Depew April 28, 2012 at 3:47 am

This is beautiful, I can’t wait to see the finished project. Please keep posting; I know we’d all love to see what you make next!

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silverstah April 28, 2012 at 10:37 am

Thank you! I’ll definitely post my further adventures in vintage sewing. I have some backlogged projects I’d like to post, too – but I don’t want to flood the blog. ;)

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Danielle July 17, 2012 at 2:06 am

Isn’t this the biggest problem though, using vintage patterns for our modern figures? Our bosoms seem to be HUGE in comparison to any from the 30′s up to the 60′s. I wish there was some simple way or book that would explain how to grade patterns up to fit E-cup boob’s into B-cup bodices :)

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