There's actually two new Vogue patterns I like!
And a double page spread showing McCall's 7154.
It is a beautiful 1930's evening dress with great details. Unfortunately I don't have anywhere to wear exquisite gowns to and I'm not sure how flattering the skirt would be on me. I didn't want this to stop me so before Christmas I set about making the bodice into a top to wear with jeans.
Here's how it turned out...
I think this is a way of making the design much more wearable but as usual I didn't really leave myself enough time. I'll get it over with and show the unfinished insides of shame now.
I used a wine coloured silk crepe de chine which was lovely to sew with. I don't think I've made anything with real silk before and was surprised at how tough it was to cut and iron - I couldn't get some of the creases out no matter how hard I tried. The back seam wouldn't press flat at all.
I cut the over-bodice wider and longer and the under-bodice slightly wider at the back. I couldn't figure out quite how to eliminate the zip in the original, I think if I was going to try this again I might cut the over-bodice back on the fold.
I really love the pleats at the shoulder and the cut outs look really beautiful but you have to sew very accurately and clip to the corners fearlessly.
I didn't quite manage to get the bands attached smoothly at the front which I am blaming McCall's for as nowhere in the pattern does it tell you how to do this! Honestly. Step 22 tells you to leave the ends free. Step 54 sort of tells you what to do with the back band edges but its really unclear and I wasn't putting in the zip anyway. No step tells you how to attach the front bands. Do they proof read their pattern instructions at all?
So as long as you don't look to closely this is a really lovely top and I'm now on the look out for other great 1930s gown patterns to convert.
What period details do you love? How do you incorporate them into your wardrobe?