I am such a doofus: I just realized that the illustration at the top of the We Sew Retro page represents the decades 1910′s through 1970′s. Doh!
That said, has anyone else here attempted the sundress version of Simplicity 4727 (1943)? What were your results?
I spent my evenings last week altering it down to a size 16 (bust 34, waist 28; I measured myself at a bust 35, waist 27 1/2) and got most of it sewn this weekend. Okay, I know this is my fault for not measuring them, too, and I promise you I’ve learned my lesson on this, but I swear the pattern pieces didn’t look that big when I cut them out. I’ve resized patterns before with completely fine results, so I don’t think that was the problem, either. Besides, even if I hadn’t resized it, it should not have been as much too big for me as it is.
The skirt fits like a glove. The bodice fits like a garbage bag. I’m not kidding: I’ve never before seen a pattern that was six inches too big in the armpits. What the heck? I’m already bigger than most 1940′s women, and I’m pear-shaped but I’m not that pear-shaped. I think this pattern was designed by a muskrat with a drinking problem.
It’s so bad I’m not even sure it’s worth the time to do all the altering it would take to get it to fit, and it’s a pretty basic bodice, so . . . what are y’all’s favorite pattern-drafting references? I know about Leena’s online tutorial and OpenSourceStitches, but I’m at the point where I’m willing to buy books, too, if I can afford them.