Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Hello love

I went out to my mom and dad's house tonight with my kids. They winter in Florida, so my goal was to water the plants, check everything over, flush the toilets and let my kids play with the toys at Grandma's house.

I decided to go snooping through my mom's pattern boxes for a pattern of mine from high school. I didn't find it, but I did come away with these two lovelies © 1963 and 1964, just after my mom finished college.

I fell in love instantly with the first sundress pattern (McCall's 7208). Except I think I'd like it better with a straight skirt, so here's my attempt at Photoshopping the two together. What do you think? The bodice and skirt pieces of the fuller dress are cut on the bias, so if you had a striped fabric in mind (as I do), the lines would run on an angle up the front, which could be very flattering. But then the skirt lines would be straight? Is that ok?

I have no time to work on this right now, and another totally cool vintage-based pattern project in the works, but maybe after I get back from vacation....


  1. Oooh! YES! I can't wait to see it.

  2. I love the top, but I think the waist/hip of that skirt will be incredibly unflattering. It reminds me of a skirt my grandma always used to wear (with a belt, because everything had to be belted) that totally accentuated her pooch.

  3. I found your blog on Sew retro. I love the McCall's 7208 pattern. I would love to get my hands on this. I can't wait to see what you create!!

  4. I think I also need to track down that first McCall's pattern. That dress, lengthened to ballerina length would make a great wedding dress! I'll have to add that one to my wish list.