Monday, January 28, 2013

Sew Expensive... McCall 9124


 I have a weakness for evening gown patterns. I haven't the foggiest idea why since I never sew them, and never have anywhere to wear them, but I adore them nonetheless.
But this obsession gives me an excuse to stalk Ebay for the occasional beauty, and it gives me fuel for our latest "Sew Expensive."

Today for you I have McCall 9124 from 1937. This beautiful low-backed gown has lovely slightly flared skirt and a modest but elegant front.

But I'm sure you're quite interested to know what it sold for, aren't you?



McCall 9124 recently sold on Ebay for a very believable sum of $285. I'll bet it was worth every single penny.
It would have been ridiculous for me to have spent that much money on a pattern I'll probably never use.
That doesn't stop me from wishing I had anyways.
How about you? Do you have a favorite evening gown pattern?

15 comments:

  1. That is beautiful. I love them too and I have nowhere to wear them either. I'd also have to cut about a foot off the hem and develop a much smaller bust.....oh, if only!

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  2. Oh my, that patter is absolutely stunning. If I had that kind of spare cash lying around, I would have seriously considered buying it!

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  3. Absolutely stunning! I love the neckline and low back.
    -Emily

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  4. wow, the back is pretty amazing. Gorgeous. I don't have a favorite, but I'm often drawn to 30's era gowns--they are very classic and elegant.

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  5. It is a stunning pattern. I could imagine wearing it now, if I had anywhere to wear it to!

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  6. The dress does look lovely - but I would never spend that much money for a pattern.
    Since I usually don't use any pattern you can buy and rather try to construct my own patterns I always tend to shake my head in disbelief about the amount of money people actually spent on patterns. With this picture of the front and the back of the dress I would rather try to re-construct my own pattern from the picture...

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  7. I'm sure that isn't the pattern, but my I made my high school graduation gown just like the white one, it was in white. I love retro patterns, I am trying to get my retro body back.

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  8. Since I don't spend much time searching evening gown patterns, I would say that I don't have any favorites. But, I do love all of the ones that you post on this blog, and this one is no exception - just gorgeous!

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  9. I wonder what people do with these patterns they pay $285 for? I bet they're crazy collectors who then lock up this treasure, never to be made up ever again :-( That breaks my heart more than anything. They should at least be traced...

    I always *hope* that the person winning is someone like the lady at Eva Dress who will make it available to everyone eventually.

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  10. Sorry but honestly the person who paid that should have a serious word with themselves. This is PAPER. It is very thin paper, and will decay. Meanwhile, the dress itself looks like a moderately simple pattern that could be franken-designed, certainly by someone with a design background it should be do-able. I would be MUCH happier to pay a talented living person to put this together for me for a similar price tag. There are such people and they need to make a living. Then I would copy the art work for this from the interweb and hang it on the wall and expose it all the light I have and enjoy it (unlike the original which will be put away for fear of destroying it with any handling or light).

    This is called common sense I think.

    EVA DRESS I now love you, can we have a round of applause for them please. Eva should do a good old fashioned targeted campaign via some bloggers, so people like me will know about you and buy your patterns. I have never heard of you and your service looks amazing.

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  11. Oh Anna, This is my new favorite too - McCall 9124 - it's divine! What is the most I have ever paid for a pattern? $24.95 before shipping for Advance 5112 which can be seen on my blog. It is a 1950's dress with a round bib like front, set in sleeves either long or short and a full A-line skirt with huge pockets. :) Thanks! Kathy from Arizona

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  12. I think this one just made the top of my list. I love the back especially. Now if I just had somewhere in my life to wear something so exquisite....

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  13. A number of years ago, I bid on an early 1930s Schiaparelli pattern on eBay. I was an early bidder and I naively thought I could win. I watched and waited, but eventually the pattern sold for an enormous (to me...) sum. Oh, well. But then just a short time later, I found a reproduction of the pattern on the Vintage Lending Library site and purchased it. I've always thought that the eBay bid winner must have been them. And, what a good home for it to go to - to be shared by me and countless others.

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