Saturday, November 2, 2013

Adventures in Sewing... Part 6

Hello lovely readers! I hope you're all having a greet weekend so far. I've been spending a lot of time attacking those last few moving boxes that just seem to linger for months without magically emptying themselves as one hopes.

And in one of those recalcitrant receptacles I found another McCall Style News booklet from May of 1948. The booklet is full of lovely illustrations of 1940's fashion and much to my delight, also has an installment of Adventures in Sewing!

This one very helpfully goes into detail about basting necklines and waistlines to keep the fabric from becoming misshapen while handling.

Now if you're as horribly blind as I am (in fact, I'm just a hair away from being legally blind without my contacts!) there is a close-up of this lesson at the very bottom.

But about that dress! The layers, the color, the silhouette! I want one! The pattern in the illustration is McCall 7258. I have to say, I much prefer it in red to the muted versions they ended up using on the pattern envelope:

Image courtesy of Pretty Pattern Shop on Etsy

But seriously, ooh la la! I'm going to have to keep an eye open for a copy closer to my size (I'm lazy and prefer not to grade patterns unless my life depends on it or someone offers me chocolate as incentive).

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Image courtesy of She'll Make You Flip on Etsy.

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I'm already seriously eying a handful, including this awesome beauty:

I have a thing for scallops. - McCall 8735 from She'll Make You Flip.

Sadly there will be no sewing for me this weekend... just grocery shopping and more homework. My assignment is drafting a front and back bodice with flanges. I have also assigned myself the task of finding some examples of flanges that aren't horribly hideous. I think I might fail that one :)

So without further ado, your sewing lesson courtesy of Marian Corey and McCall Style News!

A close-up for those as blind as myself.


  1. Thanks for the closeup. I too am pretty blind. I'm really liking that red dress as well...

  2. how interesting that hand stitching is promoted for the stay-stitching. I would be in so much trouble! The red dress is very nice, and potentially not to hard to replicate without a pattern? Rachel :-)

  3. Than you SO much for including the link of the description of flanges in sewing. I must admit, when I saw that word the first thing that popped into my head was "Flanges?? Aren't they used in toilets? Or just plumbing in general?" *sigh* Renovations on the brain! *LOL*

    Anywho, thanks so much for the unintentional giggle, and for sharing this terrific tip!

  4. Hope you can find that pattern, it's so pretty!