Sew for Victory – McCall 4193

by AStitchingOdyssey on April 1, 2013 · 6 comments

in Vintage Sewing

So, it’s Rochelle’s Sew for Victory deadline today and I’m over the moon to have finished my dress in time, despite sewing machine woes and other commitments conspiring against me.

I wasn’t originally sure when I’ll actually wear this dress – not because I don’t like it, just because it’s a little over the top – but it’s growing on me as each day goes by. Anyway, this challenge was the perfect excuse to use a beautiful pattern from 1941 – McCall 4193 – which I made up with some cherry polka dot polyester and quilting cotton. The pattern is really gorgeous with some very interesting details – front tucks, pleated pockets, lovely yoke, back bodice vent and back pleats.

Needless to say, the pattern instructions are very basic and assume you have a lot of sewing knowledge already. I also had to grade this pattern up a bit, but I’ve kind of lost count of what I did – there were so many changes and I even ended up reversing some of them! But I think I added a couple of inches to the width of the bodice and skirt pieces, shortened the bodice by a couple of inches, moved the back bodice pleats in by an inch, lowered the neckline by a couple of inches, shortened the shoulders by a smidge, shortened the skirt length by a lot…you get the idea!

Believe it or not, there are many more photos and lots of additional information on my blog!

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tanya maile April 1, 2013 at 12:07 pm

Such a cute and unique dress!


Marie April 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thanks Tanya!


Angela Wicentowich April 1, 2013 at 1:07 pm

This is gorgeous! Well done – I love it.


Marie April 1, 2013 at 2:34 pm

Thank you Angela, I’m pretty pleased with it now!


EmSewCrazy April 2, 2013 at 1:52 pm

Aww I love it! I might be a bit biased though since red is my favorite color. I say you should wear it with pride!


Marie April 2, 2013 at 4:40 pm

Thank you and yes, I think I will ;o)


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