McCalls 4597 Vintage Dress
The first fitting of the McCalls 4597 vintage dress pattern… following the bust, waist, hips measurements instead of the sizing on the pattern turned out to be a good way to go. Size 16 in 1958 is about an 8 today.
I took in about an inch on either side seam at the hips just because this gal is fairly narrow in the hips, but she’s got some junk in the trunk (just like her mother), so this pattern, in particular, really flatters her figure.
Lining the dress
Going the extra mile here… the dress didn’t call for a lining but I added it anyway. It just makes everything fit and feel better and more professional. Plus, this pattern was so easy, it was no sweat making a lining. A lining is assembled separately, as though it were a second dress. Placed inside the dress, wrong side to wrong side, it is attached along the edges, I hand-stitched the lining in, around the zipper and neck facing. A lining provides a dress with a perfectly smooth inside finish and hides all the seams, and I like that.
I blind-stitched the hem of the dress for a fully finished, no seam look. The lining is cut about an inch shorter at the hem (at least) so it’s right there but never visible. At a slit, turn lining edges under and hem to the edges of opening. The best policy is to finish the bottom edge of the lining and dress separately, so the fabrics can hang naturally and not pull or pucker in any way.
The big event (Preference dance) is on Saturday. Stay tuned for a full photoshoot- the theme of the dance is ‘Footloose’ so prepare yourself for a themed dinner, table setting, gorgeous flowers, cute young couples and maybe even 12 inches of snow…
Now for hairdo… a few possibilities we’ve been collecting on Pinterest, Q’s been working on a fantastic vintage board too. See a favorite or have a better idea? Pass it on!
(Yikes- I need to get brushing up on my curl crafting techniques!)
I’ll get to table setting and dinner ideas tomorrow!