day dress

McCall's 6121 front

My travel mug has a sweater that matches my dress. McCall's 6121, front.

For the holidays, I made a green and red dress. I picked up this wonderful festive green fabric while in Ghana, West Africa, and it has served me well for several projects. I started with a sloper from 1961, and I turned the tight round neckline into a boat neck with a slight scoop. I laid out the pattern pieces so that the medallion and the “V” would be in the front of the chest, the dark blue edging along the waist, and the other medallions strategically placed.

I have not decided if this dress is hideous, or it is so kitschy that it is totally fabulous. I like the nice cap sleeves and snug bodice of McCall’s 6121, so I have made this basic pattern with all sorts of alterations, such as different necklines, collars and cuffs, princess seams, or as a button-up shirtwaist dress, etc.

Technical

This pattern was a snap to put together. The darts make it easy to fit any shape. Since I am shortwaisted, I shortened the backwaist length by one inch. Next time I might shorten it by an inch and a half. I raised the bodice front dart by three-quarters of an inch. Then I raised the side front dart by half an inch, and at the same time re-angled it and shortened this dart length. If I had not raised and re-angled the side front dart, it would have intersected the bodice front dart.

McCall's 6121 vintage sewing pattern from 1961

McCall's 6121 vintage sewing pattern from 1961. Notice that I changed the neckline.

Also notice above, my travel mug has a sweater that matches my dress. I always match all of my accessories to my clothing (shoes, purse, and hat) so I absolutely cannot have my travel mug a glaring mismatch.

For more information on this and other projects, please visit WesternSpinster.com.  Happy New Year, may the coming year be filled with joy and laughter!

McCall's 6121 back

McCall's 6121, back.

McCall's 6121 side

McCall's 6121, side.

McCall's 6121 holiday dress

All I need to make this a true holiday dress is a Star of David on my head and some ornaments. McCall's 6121.

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October brought me to towards the purple cotton that I had in my stash, lovely against the Autumn colours of red, yellow and brown. I love Autumn, when the leaves turn and the mornings get frosty and you can smell winter is coming.

I managed to make myself a dress that Prince would be quite partial to (if he was into wearing 60s day dresses) or at least a dress that I could dance about it while humming Raspberry Beret and whilst simultaneously channeling my inner Joan.

The pattern I picked was Simplicity 4679, I was feeling quite up the challenge of a new style of collar and the cross over button front looked interesting enough.

Simplicity 4697

So here we go, my lovely purple day dress, Joanie eat your heart out! What do you think? Can’t wait to prance (like Prince) about the office in this little beauty! If you’d like to read more please visit my blog www.staceystitch.com 

purple dress

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Just finished this rather fetching blue cotton day dress from vintage Simplicity pattern 4980 (late 50s/early 60s)

I was not defeated by the hidden collar, by the soft pleats or the side zip closing (all firsts for me!)

More about this on my blog, please do pop over and have a look, as usual any advice that would make my life easier would be greatly appreciated!

Simplicity 4980

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I definitely had a “look” going this spring.

In May, I wore a peplum blouse made from Advance 4858 (1948) to the wedding of one of my cousins on my dad’s side of the family.  I had another wedding to go to in less than a month, which meant serious crunch time.  I decided to make Advance 4864 (1948) because it had the same general shape, so most of my fitting work would already be done:


But since the second wedding was that of another cousin on the same side of the family, the fabric had to be really different.  This is cotton from Spring Creative Group, which appears to be the generic brand for Hancock’s:

I behaved myself and made the actual dress this time; the version on the right with the giant bow.

I wish I had some kind of funny and/or mildly traumatizing story to tell you about this pattern, but I don’t.  It’s a perfect lady: Everything fit together the way it was supposed to.  It didn’t even need much alteration.  I even added a small pocket in the right-side seam (there is a zipper in the left side) and it went in without any hiccups.  My only trivial issue was the one I always have, which is that I swear tie ends are never long enough to look the way they do in the picture.   Even if the waist (or the neck, in this case) fits, the ties are never long enough to tie properly on me.   The Chicken Dress was terrible about this–the ties are just long enough to tie into a hard, back-bruising, little knot but not an attractive bow, even though the waist fits and doesn’t need them to hold its shape.  Am I the only one who has this issue?

Anyway, I don’t have great pictures of it.  Here I am cropped out from between my dad and one of my cousins.  Ignore the wine glass.

It’s also a ridiculously comfortable dress, which is great because it’s really a day dress and not a dressy-dress, so not only can I wear it on a normal day, I’d actually like to wear it on a normal day.

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