I’m continuing to fulfill my Vintage Pattern Pledge and have sewn another of my vintage patterns! This one is Simplicity 4667, a design from 1954 that also happens to be in my size! Plus, I found this pattern uncut and for a steal on eBay. Double win!
I made the scalloped neckline of View 2 and paired it with a gathered skirt. I wanted a fuller “cupcake” but not too “cupcake” look for this dress, so I skipped the gored skirt. I also threw caution to the wind and didn’t trace this pattern, cutting the bodice out directly from the pattern piece. This pattern is in such good condition, it’s like I just went down to JoAnn’s and purchased it. I aim to keep it that way, so I took care while using it and and neatly folded and put it away in an acid-free archival sleeve when I was finished. I’d love to make a pretty exact copy of View 1 — the red dress in the upper right corner — next time, using the sweetheart neckline, bias tape, and the gored skirt with scalloped pockets.
I made my dress out of a stretch cotton sateen that I picked up at Fabric Outlet in San Francisco several months ago. It’s perfect for this dress and exactly what I was on the look for to make a 1950’s style frock. It’s a mid-weight sateen and holds it’s shape beautifully, which works well for the structure of the scalloped neckline.
I did a swayback adjustment to the bodice, added some width to the sleeves and sewed with a narrower seam allowance at the waist. There is probably a little more ease than I need in this dress, so next time I think I might make it a little more fitted. I need to remember to add gussets to dolman sleeves as I don’t get a lot of movement with them. Hence the need for the ease. My dress is unlined and I’m wearing a light cotton petticoat with it. I need to add some thread belt loops to keep a belt in place.
I’m carrying my new sheep purse with this, if you can see it amidst the sea of pink. It’s McCall’s 7334, view B, without the contrast overlay. It’s made of some awesome Japanese cotton linen (Cosmo textiles) that I purchased several months ago from Harts Fabric in Santa Cruz. I believe it’s long sold out, but I’m sure you can find it elsewhere.
When I finished making this dress, I thought it looked like a church or special occasion dress and figured that I would relegate it to such events. I also thought it resembled curtains or a bedspread, and wasn’t sure about it. I decided to wear it to the Alameda Point Antiques Faire a few weeks ago and received many compliments. It was also fun and comfortable to wear, so it won’t be subject to the back of my closet. I do plan to make pillows with the remaining fabric for my boudoir. 🙂
*Yes, I cut my hair a few weeks ago. 🙂
- Dress: Vintage Simplicity 4667 in cotton sateen, made by me
- Purse: McCall’s 7334 in cotton linen, made by me
- Earrings: Vintage mid-century from my grandma’s jewelry box
- Belt: Macy’s
- Shoes: Re-mix Vintage