What a beautiful vintage party dress! This is the dress I will be working on at my weekly dressmaking and sewing class.
The pattern is an original vintage pattern. I bought it from Etsy for $20.
The size is 12, bust 32. My teacher says that around the 60s they changed the sizing, and this is actually a 10. We checked the measurements against a modern pattern, and indeed it was a 10.
I made the muslin in today's class, it fits in the bust, which is excellent because I was worried that my bust would be too small - I'm 31" bust, but cos I am so used to metric system, I didn't think 1" was a big deal - but luckily it fits at the bust. The waist is another matter!
The waist on this dress is 25", I am 27.5" so we had to adjust the bodice to accommodate my thick waist.
This is what a vintage size 12 (or modern 10) is: bust 32", waist 25", hips 34" - this is the paper pattern size, not RTW.
These are my measurements: bust 31", waist 27.5", hips 35"
Women were so tiny back then!!! Read more about vanity sizing.
I have decided to make View 2, the wiggle skirt and cummerband. So cute. This is the fabric I will be using, its a floral cotton sateen, purchased at Spotlight, on sale for $3/m! Win!!!!
The following adjustments had to be made on the bodice:
- added 4cm to the waist (when grading the pattern, only added 1cm to each piece, x 4 = 4cm),
- added 7cm to the cummerband,
- dress has a side zipper, but I have decided to have a back zipper - I don't like pulling garments over my head. To add a back zipper, 1.5cm seam allowance had to be added to the back bodice piece,
- adjustments will need to be made for the skirt waist next week.
This bodice is so cute! I thought it would be difficult to make because it has sleeves, but it didn't take long to put together at all.
|Vintage Simplicity 3222 Party Dress muslin.|
This dress will have boning! Wonderful!
Next week is my last class before the end of term, I should be able to cut out my fabric and sew something up. Now that I have an overlocker, I can finish it off nicely. Oh, this dress will not be lined! It has facings instead.
I decided today that I will attempt the OWOP challenge with my McCalls 5845, because look how many of them I have made!!!! Two of the dresses belong to my sister, and I don't think I will wear the Mad Men one anywhere, but I'm sure I can cope with 4 dresses on the rotation over 7 days.
Is anyone else doing the OWOP Challenge?