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|McCall's: M6160 (Vintage Hannah Troy Dress) - Type:Dresses |
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|Posted on:||1/14/13 2:13 PM |
|Last Updated:||1/14/13 2:16 PM|
|Pattern Size:||Petite |
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|Pattern Rating:||Highly Recommend |
|Fabric:||Lace [See other projects in this fabric]|
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|Pattern Description: This is a vintage 1961 McCall's Pattern designed by Hannah Troy: Slim dress with lightly bloused bodice and three-gore skirt. Bateau neck; deep cap sleeves curving into shoulder seams. Bodice and skirt gathered into back dipping waistline seam at side back and side front. Inside belting holds blousing in place. Zipper closing and low pleat at center back. Skirt may be lined. Bow trimmed contour belt fastened with hooks and eyes.|
Pattern Sizing: Petite!!! Hannah Troy was the designer who pioneered petite (short-waisted) sizing. This pattern is one size: 16P- 36 bust.
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, very much like it. So '60's!
Were the instructions easy to follow? Yes. I was unfamiliar with a couple of the vintage construction techniques, but they were explained clearly.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the vintage styling- it just looks so classy compared to some of the sloppy things around these days. I like that the sleeves are slightly capped to cover a bit of arm. I really like the vintage kick pleat; it opens for ease, but doesn't show anything.
Fabric Used: A re-embroidered black lace over gold dupioni silk. I basted them together and treated them as one layer. The belt and bow are silk organza.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I didn't have to change much at all! I normally would have to do a FBA, but there was plenty of room in the front. The bust part of the bodice fitted strangely when I was muslining it... until I clued in that it was not designed for modern undergarments. I bought a pointy bra that made it fit perfectly. Who carries bra styles that haven't changed in 50 years, you might ask? Sears, of course.
I graded the hip area out a size or two, and had to take a bit out of the back waist seam for a swayback adjustment.
The gathering at the waistline made my hips look waaaay wider than they already are, so I converted the extra ease into darts. The texture of the lace hides them well.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Not sure if I would make this again since it's a very distinct style. I'd totally recommend this pattern if you happen to see it available.
Conclusion: I wore this to a couple of weddings recently (along with with my vintage Swarovski Aurora Borealis jewelry.) I got tons of compliments, plus an offer of $3000 for the dress! (She didn't have the cash to back that up, or you wouldn't be reading this review right now...)
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