|McCalls 7969 circa 1965|
Pattern Description: Five section dress, with raglan sleeves, has low pleat and zipper in back. Short sleeved dress has two piece faced & interfaced collar and optional partial lining.
Pattern Sizing: 10-18, bust measurement 31"-38". I used size 12 (bust 32").
Did it look like the photo/drawing on the pattern envelope once you were done sewing with it? It started out looking like the drawing, but it seemed too staid that way. I added some interest with a contrasting lace collar.
Were the instructions easy to follow? They seem less streamlined than they can be. For instance, the bodice is sewn first (much like a tube); then the sleeves are constructed and then sewn onto the bodice like a set-in sleeve (even though it's a raglan sleeve). Instead, I sewed the raglan shoulder seams first and then sewed the side seams and sleeve seams flat.
What did you particularly like or dislike about the pattern? I like the combination of raglan sleeves and princess seams with bust darts. I love that the muslin fit me pretty well right out of the envelope. Normally I have to make several changes to fit my forward shoulder/hollow chest. The muslin actually fits better than the dress, for some reason.
Fabric Used: Royal blue linen look poly-rayon suiting. Collar is made of lace and organdy.
Pattern alterations or any design changes you made: The only changes I had to make were to shorten the sleeves and tapered the width by a couple of inches at the hem; I shortened the dress at the hem by five inches, and I lowered the bust dart by an inch. Easy.
Would you sew it again? No, but only because I have too many other patterns to sew first.
Would you recommend it to others? Yes!
Conclusion: This was my first attempt at sewing a vintage pattern. It's so nice to have a single size and actual seam lines for tracing. I was able to add my preferred 1/2" seam allowances instead of the 5/8" standard, and I used 1/4" inch for enclosed seams (such as the collar and neck edges). The dress came together pretty fast, and I enjoyed the process.