Friday, April 13, 2012

My entry for the Vintage Contest in Pattern Review

I did it! I finished on time to enter the contest! No voting yet, I think it starts next week, I will let you know when, in case you like my project and would like to vote for me =)

I'm copying here my review

Pattern Description:
From the envelope: "Sleeveless, front yoked dress has center back zipper and may be underlined". I'm adding that it is an A-line dress.

Pattern Sizing:
Single size, 14 which in 1968 is a bust 36. I had to narrow the upper bodice following the instructions on McCalls Step-by-step Sewing book from 1967 which the pattern refers you to, and I happen to own. On multi size patterns I always use a smaller size for the upper chest area so in this case I needed to try something different, the technique has you slash and adjust as needed and it worked for me.

Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it?
It sure did, except that I used three colors.

Were the instructions easy to follow?
The instructions were very good except when it came to install the lapped zipper, the instructions say to refer to the zipper package instructions; I used the method described by Sandra Betzina which always gives me good results. The pattern notches are numbered which is wonderful, I don't know why they stopped doing that, it is very helpful especially on patterns that have similar pieces.

What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern?
I love the 60s and therefore A line dresses. This seemed an easy enough pattern to try my hand at sewing vintage dresses. While I have a few vintage patterns I had never used one before, entering the contest gave me the push I needed =). I was inspired by the dress, Megan of Mad Men, wore in the new season and I showed you in a previous post.

Fabric Used:
Two fabrics are linen/blends, the brown and orange. The tan is a cotton with a linen like texture but lighter weight. All fabrics are from my stash.

Pattern alterations or any design changes you made:
The only design change I made was to cut the back with a bodice seam to match the front so that I could incorporate the color blocking. To follow the rules of the contest I mantained the A line shape although my inspiration dress has a pencil skirt. I also follow all the construction instructions, added an underlining (cotton batiste), used all the facings and applied interfacings where the pattern recommended it. The facings were tacked to the side seams and to the underlining.

Would you sew it again? Would you recommend it to others?
I don't know if I will sew it again but I enjoyed sewing my first vintage pattern. I recommended if you can find it and like the style.

I like how the dress turned out, I think I might add a snap at the neckline to keep the bodice more upright, other than that I'm happy!


  1. you look so happy in your new dress!! i love 60's Aline dresses too--yours is a winner!

  2. I love the colour combination that you've used. Its simply but a winner.

  3. Lovely. Simple and classic, and really good colours.

  4. This is soooo pretty on you! I like that you put the boldest colors nearest your face. Great Job!

  5. Lisette, I like this a lot--a nice vintage vibe, but with the color blocking it is absolutely up-to-date! The seaming of the yoke in the back is perfect--not easy, especially with a zipper!

  6. I love your modern touch (color blocking) to a vintage dress. You look terrific wearing it!

  7. I love your color choices. You can never go wrong with orange! Your lapped zipper and perfect yoke-matching on the back are a thing of beauty.

  8. How cool that you used a 1960's pattern and created a color blocked dress. It looks wonderful on you.

  9. What a beautiful dress! Very cool color choices. Thank you also for commenting on my blog. In answer to your question, I used the "Coco" pattern from Jean Frost's book (it's the style featured on the cover). Hope this helps!

  10. Stunning, Lisette! I LOVE your dress, the blocks of colour are so lovely and very flattering. This gets a vote from me!


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