I am back in sewing mode and feeling very inspired! There are a couple of projects I am currently working on, but today all the focus has been on vintage and polka dots.
McCalls 9245 is from 1953 (thank you McCalls for including copyrights on your printed patterns from the 50s!) and I love it!! And yes, I am clearly obsessed with capelets.
This vintage pattern has seen better days. There are quite a few rips and tears, some of which are due to ten or so rusted pins that were used to shorten the skirt pieces; the pattern instructions are disintegrating before my eyes; and the tissue itself feels much more brittle than other McCall patterns from the era.
I used a gift certificate I received a few years ago to purchase the pattern which was listed for a lot more than I am comfortable spending in real money. The website stated that the pattern was complete and in good condition, however, it turns out that there are a few facing pieces missing.
The missing facing pieces are not a huge deal, but I do find it odd that the pins were not removed – it is clear that the seller never opened the envelope to check that all the pieces were accounted for because they would have had to remove the pins to do so.
While the design seems to be rather rare, the condition is not worthy of the $75 price tag, and definitely should not have been described as in good condition. I am not going to name the storefront here because I am assuming this is not something they make a habit of doing, and just needed to rant a bit. I feel lucky that this has only happened to me a handful of times, but it still bothers me.
If I was not completely in love with the design, I probably would have set the pattern aside.
But I found this perfect polka dot rayon fabric from Britex (unfortunately, it seems to have sold out – which does not surprise me – because there can never be enough high quality dotted fabric in the world!) and I knew it would be perfect for the dress. I had the fabric in hand when I discovered the issues with the pattern and at that point it was too late - I did not have the heart to give up on this project.
One muslin of the bodice pieces, and it was time to cut into the most amazing rayon I have ever had the pleasure to work with! Polka dots forever!!
[The fabric for this project was received in exchange for my contributions as a Britex Guest Blogger.]