|This is my entry in this week's FabricMart competition. You can vote here through Wednesday evening.|
Pattern Description: This is a wonderful vintage pattern from 1953. This dress features three angled, partially sewn, tucks from the shoulder, pointing at, and on either side of the bust, like a suspension bridge. The 3/4-length sleeves have three darts in the back, near the hem, and the hem is "ruched" using a buttonhole and a string tie. There are fit darts in the back shoulder and back waist. Finally, there are soft pleats in the front skirt that echo the tucks in the shoulder.
I made a size 18, which is a 36" bust. (That is my upper bust measurement, I then did an FBA.)
Pattern Sizing: This pattern was available in vintage size 12 to 42. (A size 12 then is a size 8 now. A size 42 then is a size 20 now, more or less.)
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? I think so.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They were excellent instructions. This was from a time when patterns were in English only and in imperial measurements only and in single sizes only. Patterns now have to include a lot more info.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I love the neckline and knew it would flatter my large bust. I made two versions of this dress, the first was a disaster.
I was nervous about the pleats from the skirt into the bodice. I have a large waist and don't need to draw attention to that. For the first skirt, I removed the pleats and shortened the skirt but, partly because of that and partly because of a poor fabric choice, it was BAAAAAD.
For the second version I used the original pattern, as designed, but made it using a very heavy ponte knit.
It was fine! Especially when I wear it with a belt.
Fabric Used: A very interesting novelty ponte knit. It has an animal-type print.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: I had to add a bust dart to accommodate my bust. I also narrowed the shoulders, lengthened center front, and added a bit more width in the front waist only.
Overall, pretty normal alterations for me. And the dress fit beautifully - it was superbly drafted!! I can really see the appeal of vintage patterns.
Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others? Yes, I might! This is a classic design and I can see other possible uses for this style.
Conclusion: I wore this on Sunday and received many unsolicitations. I love it! More on the blog.
And you can vote for your favorite (until Wed evening) here.