December 19, 2012

Vintage 1960s Simplicity Sewing Pattern 3662

Simplicity 3662 Early 1960’s (Mad Men style!) Navy Lace Cocktail party dress with flared skirt and lovely shaped neckline.

When I stumbled upon this pattern in my stash I could not choose which view to make. I ended up deciding that I really loved the bell shaped skirt view best; due to the tiny bows and unconventional silhouette. As you may have noticed I made the lace view. One may ask, how did this happen?

Well, like most of my complicated choices… I really could not decide between the options. As I dug through my fabric stash I stumbled upon fabrics for both views therefore both were cut (last March to be exact). These along with many other cut projects found their way into a box and moved 500 miles only to be neglected in a box as I continued to make project after project. And then somehow last week I had the urge to sew a fun vintage frock thus this raised to the surface of my UFOs (Un Finished Objects). I may also note that last week Gertie called out, “Anyone else with me in attacking some UFOs?” I guess we are on the same wavelength. Attacked this UFO… I did!

About this pattern –
Do you see on the pattern art where the lovely lady in the lace dress clearly has a strapless under bodice? Well pieces for this under bodice do not exist and they never did. So to make my dress match the lovely cover I had to draft the under bodice. No big deal, one issue down.

Next, how in the world would one go about sewing the lace side seams as well as the shoulder to wrist seams, making them not overly visible or unfinished or just gross? Also how will I maintain structure in the bodice coupled with the under bodice while working with flimsy lace and also am I planning for the back zip or another method of closure? These issues are bigger. I went back and forth prior to cutting in my plans. I wanted to take the time and match my lace along the seam lines but why? In this case I was not using fabrics of any value (cheap Joann sale purchase bought to experiment w/lace techniques) and also how do you match lace along a kimono underarm? Plus there are elbow darts. What do you do with those in lace?!?!?!! So I came to the conclusion that I would cut additional bias strips for the inside bodice seam binding. I was already cutting bias strips for the neckline as well as the cuffs and in the end I also added the bias strips to the waistline as well.

Seam techniques used in the bodice –
Shoulder seams have bias added flat fell seams
Under arm/bodice side seams have bias bound seams
So the question remains will I finish the other version? At this point the skirt is done so it is possible; maybe when I get the next urge to complete another UFO.

December 5, 2012

Little Gray Dress Modern Sewing Pattern McCall's 6463

Pattern - McCall's 6463 super cute neck and back straps.
Material - Marc Jacobs silk from Fabric Mart. I picked this up some time ago from a fab FM sale and was hoarding it in my stash. FM has become my new favorite digital fabric store the selection (as well as value) is divine.

The real question: Will I ever actually wear this dress?

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