Vintage Sewing

McCall’s 2481 Red Dress: First Project

November 14, 2009

Hello! I’m Tonia and I’ve been a silent admirer of the creations here on sew retro for quite a while.

I’ve been sewing simple projects and doing basic alterations since I was a teenager. Last January, I enrolled in my first real sewing class (a wonderful group of 10 women ranging in age from 30 to 70)!

I love the styles of the 60s and 70s, so I chose a vintage pattern for my first project. Under the patient guidance of my teacher, I was able to finish this red stretch denim jumper by the tail end of the semester. It looks like I’ll have to pick up the pace if I want to make a dent in my vintage pattern collection!

  1. This is amazing! Love! Love! Love! I would have been tempted to make the version with the cut out chest panel just for laughs. 😉

  2. Thanks for the encouraging comments. You're all so nice!

    Yeah, the version with the cut out chest panel would have been fun.

    I'm still enrolled in the sewing class and currently working on another vintage pattern — so I'll be back!

    Thanks again,

  3. Oh, Tonia, this is lovely! Keep up the good work! I am also impressed with your "never say die" attitude. With each new project, your techniques will improve, trust me.

  4. Thanks, everyone — It's exciting to get all these comments!

    The buttons? I don't live in the USA anymore, but I bought them once while visiting. It was a "Joanns Fabric" store, but I've also seen them on the JHB website. JHB is the brand of the buttons.

    Thanks again!

  5. I am a new silent admirer to this blog too! My goodness you have a lot of talent! I hope that oneday I can make a dress as gorgeous as the cute dress you made. It looks great on you and I LOVE the buttons 🙂 Keep posting!

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