|Pattern Description: Simplicity 3224; ©1950; Misses' and Women's One-Piece Sunback Dress and Bolero: The sleeveless bodice has a wide square neckline which comes to a point at the center front. The straight skirt is cut in four sections. Short sleeves and a softly rolled collar with scalloped lapels are cut in one with the bolero. Style I dress has pockets concealed in the side seams. Top-stitching outlines the pockets. Saddle-stitching outlines the neck and the peplum-like flaps. Style II features a contrasting bolero.|
Chambray, pique, percale, linen, seersucker, shantung, cotton broadcloth, gabardine, silk shantung, silk or rayon crepe, faille, tissue faille, spun rayon. Bolero in Style ll: Linen, spun rayon, broadcloth and lightweight woolens.
Pattern Sizing: Size 16, Bust 34
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? Yes, I believe it does!
Were the instructions easy to follow? This vintage pattern did not come with any instructions, so I was all alone on this one. Not only that, it was missing the bolero cuff piece (not a huge deal) and the collar section of the bolero was ripped and missing from the bolero front. It really makes me cranky when ebay sellers say a pattern is complete and do not check to make sure. But thankfully, the bolero facing piece was present and so by laying the two pieces one on top of the other, I was able to "fix" the tear.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the front pleats, the sweet-heart neckline . . . well, I love it all.
*Bemberg Rayon (for underlining)
*Silk organza for pocket facing
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: Eyelet is a wonderful fabric, but it does present a few challenges. This time around, I decided to underline with a cream colored bemberg so the pretty eyelets would pop.
Using silk organza as a facing for the pocket pieces was another way to maintain the look of the eyelet holes.
I did not have enough fabric to cut the neckline and armhole facings. Instead, I used a matching cotton to the neckline facing, and made my own bias binding for the armhole edges.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? I think it would be fun to make a skirt with this pattern using the pockets and pocket flaps - I just need to find the right fabric! And I may have to make a more winter friendly version as well.
If you have this pattern, I would highly recommend it. It is a classic shape with a few extra details to make it extra special.
Conclusion: I am very pleased with this project, and especially proud of myself for putting it together without any instructions - all that vintage pattern experience really came in handy!
As always, more pictures may be found over on my blog, Lilacs & Lace.