And here is my finished look:
I ended up using McCall's pattern# 6146, circa 1961.
My fabric as I mentioned in a previous post was approx. 7 yards from a Queen size sheet set:
Purple is one of my favorite colors, and liked the sizing of the rose pattern on the fabric. I was having trouble finding large roses on regular fabric at the fabric store.
I used the same procedure as with the 1940's pattern: Transferred it to wax paper, then cut out the fabric.
You might notice that the pattern from the 60's looks much more like the ones today do with markings, grainline, seam allowance etc. (the one from the 40's was blank tissue paper with series of little punched holes in it to demark all the info)
This pattern happened to be a size 12, which was a couple sizes too small for me. When I traced the pattern on to the wax paper, I added about 1/2 inch extra on all the seam areas to size it up. Also, I made sure that the bottom of the bodice and the skirt waist actually fit my waist (I have found that many of the mid century patterns have teeny tiny little waists!)
Other changes included a little extra scoopiness in the neck area to closer match the inspiration dress, and I added a pleated overlay to the bodice area for the same reason.
I ended up doing a lot of hand sewing on this dress. The skirt pretty much was a straight yard or so piece of fabric gathered. I machine gathered it and hand sewed it in, mostly because everytime I do a large gathering while sewing, it doesn't end up coming out as well when I machine sew it in and I have to spend much time picking out the stitches and redoing them.
My kitty sat this one out. Instead I had Calvin, my mini dachshund, helping me.
|Calvin assessing the situation - fabric is comfy!|
|Kisses for the helper|
Many thanks to Julia for hosting this awesome "Mad Men" sewing challenge! I am looking forward to seeing everyone's awesome projects. I will have to actually find some episodes of Mad Men and watch them now too.