Advance 5971, a “wearable muslin”!

by Frances on September 20, 2012 · 20 comments

in 1950s,Dresses,Pattern Sizing,Vintage Sewing

Hello again!  I finally have pictures of the Advance dress that I was complaining about so bitterly a few months ago.  Here’s the pattern envelope again:

And here’s my version!

Since the pattern I have is (nominally) a little too small for me, I wanted to do a muslin first.  On the other hand, if it happened to fit, I wanted to be able to wear it.  So, I made up the bodice out of leftover fabric from one of my first circle skirts and added a little length to the lower edge of everything so that if it ended up being the right size-ish, I could just tuck it in to the waistband of the skirt and pretend it was a dress.

As it turns out, the bodice DOES fit, which is a bit surprising since it lists the bust measurement as 29″ on the envelope!  Either a gremlin switched out pattern pieces or this pattern has a heck of a lot of ease.  Of course, I’m not big-busted by any stretch of the imagination, but with a gently-padded bullet bra, my measurements come in a lot closer to 34″ or 35″, and this top wasn’t THAT snug.

I ended up extending the zipper placket all the way up to the bottom corner of the underarm gusset, as I felt like the snugness of the top made it a bit difficult to put on.  Once it’s zipped, it’s just fine… but wiggling into it is a trick.  It does pull a little across the bust/upper back, but I’m pretty happy with it anyway.  Speaking of gussets…

I think I managed some pretty successful First Gussets Ever.  I really love how much more range of motion they give… I will be on the lookout for more gusset-sleeved patterns in the future.

General sum-up?  I really love the finished result, even though I hated some parts of the construction process.  I’ll definitely wear it again, and I might even consider making a full dress with this pattern… although it may need a few small sizing tweaks.  I’ve got a few more (less over-exposed) pictures of it styled on my blog here, as well.

 

 

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sewinghappyplace September 20, 2012 at 11:40 am

You did an amazing job on this for a “muslin.” Great strategy to use the bodice as a blouse with the skirt you already made. It is a fantastic “dress.” wink wink.

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Joni September 20, 2012 at 12:11 pm

I love it! Great dress and you wear it well. No one ever has to know that it’s a muslin!

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Tiffany September 20, 2012 at 1:11 pm

That is absolutely gorgeous! Bravo!

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Evie September 20, 2012 at 2:55 pm

Super cute!

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EmSewCrazy September 20, 2012 at 4:31 pm

Love that fabric! What a brilliant idea to make your muslin wearable! You look cute!

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Buckingham Road September 20, 2012 at 4:52 pm

This dress is FANTASTIC!!!!

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jill September 20, 2012 at 5:05 pm

Hi, Really cute dress! Those “bust” measurements on the really old patterns are the high bust measurements. So a 29 would most probably translate to a 32 or 33 full bust that is seen on newer patterns.

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Frances September 21, 2012 at 9:18 am

Is that it? Huh. I know that some patterns of similar vintage I’ve bought seemed to be the regular bust measurement… they said they were 34″ and worked out just perfectly.

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Bridget D September 20, 2012 at 5:09 pm

This gorgeous! I love! You must be really excited and pleased with how this turned out! Interesting comment above on the bust measurements, will have to keep that in mind.

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Tina September 20, 2012 at 7:19 pm

That is such a pretty dress with a really nice fit! I love the style.

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Katrina - Edelweiss Patterns September 20, 2012 at 9:40 pm

Gorgeous! I love it! I remember the first 1950s dress I ever sewed was just supposed to be a practice version constructed with $2 a yard fabric… Everyone loved it so much that I didn’t have the heart to say how much it cost me. : )

Muslins really do end up being the best dresses sometimes!

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Jennifer Nelson September 20, 2012 at 10:25 pm

This is the most beautiful remake of a vintage pattern I’ve seen so far. LOVELY!

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Cactus September 20, 2012 at 10:42 pm

I LOVE this dress on you! Definitely make another!

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LadyD September 21, 2012 at 4:43 am

I think it looks fab. No one would know it wasn’t a dress and you get versatility of mixing and matching if you want.

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Sølvi September 21, 2012 at 5:22 am

Gorgeous! That is a very clever way to make a wearable muslin. Very clever indeed. :-) Such a perfect fit, and I love the way you´ve styled it. Love it!

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lunefantasy September 21, 2012 at 7:26 am

You’re beautiful !!
So gorgeous !

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Lizzy September 21, 2012 at 11:05 am

WOW!! it is really really pretty!! LOVE IT!

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Marie September 23, 2012 at 5:25 am

It looks fantastic, well done!

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Shanna September 24, 2012 at 9:19 am

Holy crap, thats freaking so cute. I love it.

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Ofir September 29, 2012 at 5:25 pm

Beautiful!!

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