McCalls printed pattern 4597 from 1958
First and foremost on the schedule this week is making a dress from this pattern for my daughter. The Preference dance at the high school is Saturday, a deadline that’s creeping right up. The dress will be red but I really want this hot pink silk to fit somewhere into the final picture- a sash of some sort, stole, shawl, a fabric flower corsage, hat, belt… I’ll think of something. Red and pink together are hot.
I love just looking at vintage patterns, the drawings, and oh the measurements! In today’s world the dress I’m making would be size 6 to 8. According to the sizing chart shown here, the same measurements equal a size 16 in 1958.
By sheer luck this pattern is a size 16 and so very few alterations to the pattern will be needed, thank goodness. And the pattern says ‘easy’ another bonus on the pressed-for-time schedule. I love reading the instructions on old patterns and seeing what’s changed and what’s stayed the same in the sewing world.
I can’t remember where I acquired this pattern but, when it arrived in my hands, all of the pieces had already been cut out, and in some cases cut up (above). I had to do some detective work to make sure I pieced things together right. I’m weirdly excited make this elbow with darts, I can’t say I’ve ever made a sleeve like it before- kinda fancy.
One piece of the pattern was missing, the front neck facing piece. This is fairly easy to replace, it’s basically the same shape as the neck line of the front bodice piece. I just re-created it on paper by using the bodice front as a template- don’t forget to add seam allowance when making a new pattern piece.
All ready to be cut out… so exciting, and finally getting to the good stuff. The fabric is a nice medium weight gabardine, that hangs quite nicely. Although I feel like I might want to line the whole dress to make it feel more substantial. We’ll see how ambitious I get in the end.
By the way… stay tuned tomorrow for a great homemade-by-my-mom prom dress story from my high school days, I’m going to see if I can find the actual picture tonight!