This week’s Twenties designer pattern is McCall 4464, an evening dress by Chanel. Here’s the pattern envelope:
This one is also from 1926; it’s shown on the same catalogue page as Naomi’s Patou dress. Apart from grading the bust down one size, I made the pattern as-is, but without the rosettes.
I used a black satin for both dress and slip. I hadn’t sewn with satin before, but this one behaved itself pretty well. I also tried out a bias strip facing to finish the drapery section. If I were to make the dress again I think I would choose a lighter fabric, although maybe not a chiffon as seems to be shown in the catalogue illustration—I wouldn’t have the patience for French-seamed streamers!
Here I am in the finished dress:
(Do any of you folks know where to find repro ’20s shoes like those in the pattern engraving? I just love them…)
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