Wednesday, 21 March 2012

Muslin: Vintage Simplicity 3222.

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.

Column 1: Violets Are Blue dress for my sister, Burnt Orange minidress.
Column 2: High Tea dress with full circle skirt, Mad Men inspiredSquiggle minidress.
Column 3: LBWD with Peter Pan collarsHigh Tea dress for my sister.

Is anyone else doing the OWOP Challenge?


  1. I'm in love with this vintage dress pattern.

    The bodice is rather interesting with those sleeves and the way they meet with the neckline. Are they a type of raglan sleeve? Are those easier to set in than regular set-in sleeves? Ahh, I'm so intrigued! :)

  2. You should totally wear the madmen dress out! It's really cute. I am not doing OWOP because I don't have enough of the same pattern made up, and would make myself crazy trying to make up enough versions of something. Maybe next year!

  3. I just realized that I don't own any raglan sleeve dress patterns! Hmmm, need to rectify that situation immediately, especially after seeing yours!

    I want to do the OWOP challenge, but it's been super cold here and all mine are very obviously summer sundresses...

  4. Hey Sue, Christina & Cindy!
    I didn't know what knid of sleeves they are but just learnt now they are raglan sleeves, thanks guys :)

    Compared to the caplet sleeves on the V8469 (which took me 3 classes to put together) these raglans were super easy. There were no concaves - or whatever they are called. The sleeves joined the bodice on a straight line :)

    Melbourne weather is turning cold as well! I'll have to wear everything with a coat and stockings... I'll try and do the challenge. It's really hard when you throw work into the mix cos I won't be able to wear most of the dresses at work, I'll have to go out for dinner everynight if I want the opportunity to wear the other dresses.

  5. Oh wow, I had no idea that a size 10 today is not at all like a size 10 back then! Very interesting...


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