Well I almost died and went to heaven when I flicked through the new pattern images at McCalls recently. Even though I create my own patterns, from time to time the big pattern companies have some cracking designs that are a dream come true for some of my unique brides.
As everything old is so fabulous and new the big pattern companies frequently roll out multisize patterns that are reprints of an original vintage pattern. This is a godsend for many beginner sewers as the original vintage patterns tend to sell in the $200-300 range if they are a 1930s evening dress design and often are only in a small size, so even if you splash out and invest in the original pattern you then need to know how to grade up to a more realistic size for the modern lady.
Now I almost fell off my chair when I saw the stunning reprint of an original 1930s McCalls pattern that is currently available. And I must admit I’m going to get my hot little hands on this one and hope that I have a bride who loves it as much as I do (or perhaps I’ll just make it for myself in a stunning emerald green or ruby red – my favourite colours!).
This dress appears to have a fitted bodice underneath to create the bloused bodice over the top that has a simple opening at the back and I love the unique lines on the skirt. I’m not entirely sure about the pleats coming from just below the bottom but I think if you omitted that it may not have as much impact. My preferred fabric of choice for a gown such as this would be a silk charmeuse or perhaps a matte crepe de chine for those who don’t want the shimmery look.
What do you think? Any takers for this as a wedding dress? How amazing!!