Saturday, May 04, 2013

FO: A Shirt Dress with a Difference, McCall's 9635

This dress has been sitting in my Must-Sew list for a long time - McCall's 9635, circa 1953. I call it the shirt dress with a difference, because, well, its a little bit different!

It's got some wonderful elements, like a peter-pan collar and pleating around the neckline. The only thing I wasn't happy with was the pleated wiggle skirt - I had a suspicion it wasn't going to be flattering on anyone with a tummy!

And here's my version with the standard 1950s pose...
miss l fire shoes boardwalk
The pattern itself is really straight forward (I didn't do bound buttonholes though, I find them too fiddly).  I admit to cheating a little bit - I used a stretch cotton sateen from my stash! I just wanted something quick and easy, and didnt want to mess around with making two or three muslins to get the fit perfect.
1950s sewing pattern mccalls
I'm not normally a fan of polka-dots, as they just feel over-used in the Rockabilly scene.
This black and pink one from my stash was just crying out to be used on something, and I think I can cope with polka-dot trim.
I'm planning on making a belt out of the leftovers as well. Eventually.
- used stretch fabric (zero to negative 1 inch ease all over).
- self covered buttons.
- normal sewn button holes
- self drafted circle skirt instead of pleated wiggle skirt in the pattern.
- cut the bodice shorter by half an inch (I'm short waisted).
Next time:
- cut the bodice shorter (1 inch in total) still a bit long.
- very light shoulder pads might be nice.
Yes! Perfect transition dress for work to dinner plans. Really, really happy. The blouse is going to be my go-to pattern for stretch fabrics (there's some amazing mid-century-inspired stretch sateen in Spotlight at the moment) and I really want to try it with a fitted skirt next.
I was trying to get my cat, Calamity, to give it her seal of approval but she was more interested in bugs.
Shoes - Miss L Fire Boardwalk
Telephone Cord Bag - Belmont Army Vintage
Belt - ASOS
Scarf - Opshop
Earrings - Etsy


Penny-Rose said...

A really lovely dress - well done. The pattern is quite different and the peter pan collar in the contrast fabric really suits you. Your cat looks gorgeous - mine is often in my photos.

Su said...

I LOVE you version! Much nicer and flattering, I think, than the original. You look perfect in it, too!

wardrobeexperience said...

love this dress and love your blog. great style!

can't wait to come back.

Mariela said...

That looks great! I often use a circle of pleated full skirt to hide my belly. I feel it also makes my waist look smaller.
I need to get some stretch fabric for some of the dresses have planned.

Serina said...

Looks fantastic!

Mid Century Pink said...

Perfect!!! I really love it!! And I adore a Peter Pan collar. You make the prettiest clothing!

Claire Gittins said...

Lovely dress and I love the pleats and peter pan collar x

Charlotte Victoria said...

This is gorgeous !

Jessica Cangiano said...

What a timelessly beautiful, elegantly fantastic dress. I adore the crisp dark shade you opted for and the lovely swing in the skirt. Wonderful work!

♥ Jessica

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