Hi guys I have been wanting to share this one with you for a while …. a 1940s party dress for my daughter to swing in
an original 1940s pattern made up in a green polyester crepe
made up exactly as pattern stated, just shortened the pattern pieces for petite frame…..after pinking the seams I realised that the fabric frayed too much so I had to bind all the seams of with ‘Hug Snug’ Rayon seam binding …I love this stuff and can only get it online from the states.
I also finished the waistband and shoulders with some lining to cover all the raw edges at these points.
then I used a concealed side zip after realising that a metal one sewn in with the vintage method interfered with the pockets and covered buttons and loops for the back opening.
a crochet snood and little velvet flowers in her hair and she is all ready for the dance
this dress could be embellished on the yolk and waistband and can be dressed up or down
would look fab with big jewellery but you can’t dance in that I’ve been told
Pattern: McCall’s 4632 (1989)
I created this top using McCall’s 4632 from 1989. Originally the pattern was to be sold in my Etsy shop but that view F in the bottom left hand corner looked attractive. I was thinking of making it in a fabric with more drape but I’m trying to sew out of my stash. Therefore, I located just enough of this cream/oyster twill to try it out. The fabric (which must be old, I can’t remember what I made with the rest) is pretty luxurious with a smooth hand and a slight sheen.
The style is loose, basically a square but the gathered shoulders add interest. It reminds me of a lot of the simple shells I’ve been seeing around from independant designers. It was extremely easy to make and I especially liked the fact that the yoked area on the front is actually overhang from the back pattern piece. I was thinking I could use that detail on many more projects so why not work off of this pattern piece than make my own from scratch.
Since the pattern was created in the late eighties it was designed for 1/2″ shoulder pads for that big shoulder look; therefore, I had to remove some length from the armholes and quite a bit of width at the sides. I ended up taking two inches off the length and two inches from EACH side, so four inches off of the width. I will be using this pattern again with a more suitable fabric, like crepe de chine or voile. It could also make a really cute dress.