Comeback Story

Squeezing in at the very end of the month, I thought I’d better get some September projects posted!  First up is this gorgeous sheath dress.  The pattern is McCall’s 9819 from 1954.

1954 McCalls 9818

1954 McCalls 9818

Featuring a v-neck front & back, double pleats in the skirt at the front & two slightly gored panels in the back skirt, this one’s a corker!  From the first time I saw this pattern I was desperate to make it up, it’s just so sexy looking!  I decided it was the one to start with for the Monthly Stitch Collective‘s September challenge to sew something vintage.   I had bought some heather pinspot cotton from Ditto Fabrics in August to use for Rochelle & Tasha’s Fall for Cotton project in September & decided to use it for this pattern.  Two birds with one stone – love it!

Heather pinspot from Ditto Fabrics

Heather pinspot from Ditto Fabrics

Putting together was very simple.  The bodice of this dress is cut on the bias, which means that v-neck is on the straight, eliminating the inclination for the fabric to stretch & get all baggy.  Now I know it looks a little big on Belle, it is a size too big for her, but I needed a model!  I’m not grading these patterns, just making them as they come.  We fixed the problem a bit with a little judicious placing of the belt and posing!

Love the little cap-like sleeves

Love the little cap-like sleeves

There is a small gusset under the arms to enable waving down a taxi or sending off a loved one…

mccalls 9818

 

mccalls 9818

One concession to modern tastes is that I shorten the skirts on these 50s dresses.  This one has had 15cm removed, as well as having a 3cm taped hem!  I leave the hem hitting just below the knee, they wouldn’t look right any shorter.

So that’s my contribution to Fall for Cotton & Sew Something Vintage.  If you love the fabric, see if there’s some left at Ditto, it really has the most lovely handle & looks even better in real-life!

The back view, McCalls 9818 in heather pinspot cotton from Ditto fabrics

The back view, McCalls 9818 in heather pinspot cotton from Ditto fabrics

More fabulousness to come, so stay tuned!

 

 

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