I’ve always really liked this pattern and planned to revisit it. I love early 1960s styles with slim pencil skirts, plus this pattern has pretty awesome patch pockets. I don’t really wear my first version as it doesn’t fit all that well and it’s pretty bold. As much as I love colour, I sometimes feel a bit inappropriate in drab, grey London wearing something that bold and colourful.
Before cutting I tried on version one and worked out what changes I needed to make. I ended up just folding out an inch from just below the bust, tapering up to the shoulder. I also folded out some space on the back bodice too, maybe just less than an inch. As is standard with me, I added one and a half inches to the length of the bodice. I left the skirt as is, as it was always a good fit, but it is around six inches shorter in length than the pattern denotes.
This picture made me realise that 1.5″ might be a little too much length to add to the bodice. I had this on my 1940s McCall’s dress, but thought nothing of it. Next time, if I don’t muslin, I’ll just add an inch to a seam-waisted(?) dress.
I decided to leave out the bound buttonholes – I just couldn’t be bothered. I was making a lot of things at the time that had deadlines, so time was of the essence, and life is really too short. I also did away with the button fuss on the sleeves. I didn’t quite get it the first time and it was pretty unnecessary anyway (I have an aversion to fake buttons and buttonholes and pockets) to I just streamlined the sleeves and shortened them by two and a half inches for a slightly more flattering modern look. The insides are all overlocked. The material is a linen mystery mix and frayed like a bitch. I get immense satisfaction from overlocking the seams of vintage dresses. This is probably one of my neatest insides for a dress.
The buttons were a nightmare. I have a lot of buttons but sometimes not enough matching ones for certain projects. I had to buy some, and I ended up deliberating over it for months. The dress has been waiting to be finished for around three months now. I originally wanted something simliar to the buttons I used on McCalls 5229, and bought some brown tortoiseshell ones that were too small and a bit dark. Then I bought big wooden floral buttons which looked great in my head, but not so much on the dress. After thinking a lot and searching some more, I finally settled on these ones I found on eBay and had posted from Turkey. I think they are right, I think they will do, but I’m not totally convinced yet. The pattern description went on and on about the buttons, so I was under a bit of pressure.
Buttons can seemingly make or break a project. Does anyone else ever struggle with finding the perfect match of fabric and buttons?