When last we met, I had located fabrics from which to make a muslin (from the Hope Chest line of vintage repro fabrics by Spring) AND a finished dress (a set of Asian dragon-themed sheets) from my chosen vintage pattern (7245 from an unknown maker, if you haven’t been following along). All I needed to do was get to it!
Sunday found me re-ironing the vintage pattern, and ironing the fabric that had been folded in my linen closet for five years (no easy task). I traced, I marked, I cut, I researched what a common seam allowance was at the estimated time of the pattern’s production. I sewed the neckline facing on backwards, because I always do that. I ripped out the offending seam and properly restitched the facing. I used my rolled-hem foot for the first time. I put in my first side zipper, and it looks it. The stitching is neat along the sides, but leaves something to be desired at the short ends. And it’s the wrong color.
The dress, which my mother estimated would be a size too small, is actually two sizes too big.
Pinned/clipped on my mannequin:
Yesterday evening, I graded a pattern for the first time. I transferred the original pattern to posterboard, and made sizing adjustments. I also shortened the hemline by nearly three inches, and made the skirt fuller. Today, I shall cut up the sheet set and get together with some sewing friends, and hope hope hope that my first attempt at pattern grading is successful!
NOTE: The toile shown above is for sale at my etsy store, and knowing that the buyer will likely rip out the zipper and redo it, it is priced accordingly.
2 responses to “Vintage Sewing: Part Three”
SO cute!!! Is there a crinoline under it? If you get the pattern grading exercise right, will you be for hire? Puh-leeese?! :)
Yes, there is a crinoline underneath the dress in that particular photo. A very full one, as a matter of fact. The skirt on the original pattern was not made for such a full crinoline, hence the awkward drape.
I am for hire any time. :) It’s a lot easier to buy a pattern in your size than to grade one that you can’t find in your size. But I’ll give it a shot, because I like you so much!