Sewing for Sister, Part 2

Next on the make-Sis-a-new-wardrobe list was this dress, made from McCall’s 9000, a vintage 1967 pattern I happily found in the stash. I probably complained to Mom how ugly it was when she bought it a few years ago… 😛 But now vintage-style sewing is my new obsession. 🙂 If you decide to try the pattern for yourself, it’s for sale (in size 16) on eBay here.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
Mostly, though I lengthened it considerably and some slight alterations had to be made for a better fit.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
Yes, they were very easy, though they are written a bit differently than modern patterns – less detailed.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I like the look of the front yoke, and that it came together easily. I didn’t like that the dress without the belt seems to be rather shapeless and baggy, but I think that’s because my sister is quite petite.

Fabric Used:
Cotton calico.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
As mentioned, I lengthened the dress – it falls to just above her ankle. I also made 3/4 length sleeves instead of long, and finished them with a faux cuff of my own design. Since it wound up being a bit to big for her in some places, Mom had to tailor it to fit better (she’s much better at tailoring than I am.) and in the end, I think it turned out well. Also I made a simple belt with wide grosgrain ribbon and D-rings to define the shape and bring it in a bit more.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I think I’ll re-visit the pattern after she grows a bit more, as the style really does look nice on her, and she likes it very much as well.

Conclusion:
This was my first experience sewing with a vintage pattern, and I’m very pleased at how it all turned out. So pleased that I bought three more vintage patterns for Sis and two for myself. She is in that in-between age where she’s too old for little girl styles, yet doesn’t quite fit big girl sizes. She thinks that modern pattern styles in her size are rather ugly, but adores some of the vintage styles we’ve seen, so that’s what we’re going with! My favourite part of this particular dress is the ric-rac trim around the neckline, hem, and especially the little bit poking out of the cuff!

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  1. I love the vintage patterns too. I was actually at a good will store this morning rummaging through their patterns for the really good vintage ones.

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