Patou

McCall 4457 by Patou

by PatternVault on November 18, 2011 · 9 comments

in 1920s,Dresses

For this Halloween I did a Twenties sewing blitz. I chose four 1920s designer patterns from my collection to sew for me and my wife to go out as flapper vampires. Until this project I hadn’t sewn any vintage patterns earlier than the 1960s. Naturally I was a little too ambitious and didn’t finish everything on time, but that’s what blogs are for, right?  I’ll be dedicating a post to each garment over the next few weeks.

This week’s post is devoted to McCall 4457, a misses/juniors’ slip-on dress by Patou that I made for Naomi. Here’s the pattern envelope:

1920s Patou sewing pattern

I was able to date this pattern to 1926. The pattern is old store stock, which is always a treat, and it was even the right size for Naomi. Normally I would make adjustments for petites, but it was interesting to find they weren’t needed for this pattern—the waist and skirt length were just right.

I made the dress in a grey satin-backed crepe with black lace trim. It’s hard to see in the illustration, but the back of the dress has this fantastic Art Deco detail involving a topstitched geometric inset and stitched-down pleats. Here it is on the hanger:

For more details and photos see my blog.

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