Sunday, February 20, 2011

Vtg McCalls 4115 - finished!

Yay!  And what a different experience...I sewed something I loved from start to finish and it fits.  This must be what those really productive people feel like.  Here's a full body shot, but I cut my head off in every one.  Sorry, my tripod is AWOL, so I was using a chair. :)



In case you're just joining me, here's the pattern photo:


Obviously I'm missing the illustration's wasp waist. ha.  Other than that, I really love it!  Makes me feel like spring is coming!

I did decide to topstitch the tabs and collar.  I'm glad, it really added a finished touch.


I chose a pearly button from my vintage button box.  They were probably ivory originally, but look pale yellow on the gingham.


I used a pale yellow bias to bind the armholes.


I only had 5 of these buttons, so I had to limit myself to 3 down the back tab:


The skirt is very, very full!  It's nearly 180" of skirt!  On a windy day like today, it's a Marilyn moment waiting to happen.


The bodice fits better than anything I own.  I think that might be a testament to the muslin process? 



If I were a bullet bra and girdle kind of girl, I could have made the bodice closer fitting, which would be more period-appropriate.  I kinda prefer to breathe though.

Shoe shot, "pewter" ballerina flats from Naturalizer.com:



I'm even more excited to have this well-fitted bodice because I have several similar patterns that I can check fit on with these pattern pieces (a'la a personal sloper). 

Off to post at We Sew Vintage and the Vintage Sewalong!  Hooray for the first finished project of 2011!

66 comments:

  1. Fabulous dress! You did a wonderful job and those tabs make it...congrats!

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  2. Awesome! I love it! This looks fabulous on you- the yellow is so happy and spring-y!

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  3. I love it, Angie!!! Super cute! And the color is perfect for spring, and my favorite color too. Congratulations on making such a fun and well fitting dress!

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  4. This looks great, Angie. I love your close up shots on the details. Shows what a great job you did!

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  5. Love it!!! Looks so spring-y!! I don't see any snow in the background-has it all melted? Yes, muslins...just did #3 for my Crepe dress. I think I may be ready for "real" fabric now...

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  6. Beautiful! I love the color and the tabs

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  7. Such lovely details! It makes me long for spring to arrive.

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  8. Darling dress. Cute tabs and buttons.

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  9. You look adorable even though you're headless. Now that's the sign of a great dress!!

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  10. So cute!! All the little touches are wonderful and the fit is amazing, as you know. ;)

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  11. Wow. Just amazing!

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  12. I followed your post over here from Sew Retro. It looks great! I absolutely love the little tabs detail.

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  13. It is fabulous! Even the photos look vintage!

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  14. What wonderful details and love the fabric. It looks great on you.

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  15. Ooh, that's a marvellous dress!! You've done a fabulous job!

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  16. What a great fit! The dress is perfect and so flattering.

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  17. Great dress Angie! And it looks like all that cold white stuff is gone.

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  18. Great fit - very, very cute.

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  19. Tremendous color. Looks great on you!

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  20. Fits really well. And the pattern is so spring-cheerful.

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  21. Your dress is cheery and pretty. Great fit, you did a great job.

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  22. ~love it ~ covet it ~

    ;-)

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  23. You dress looks great, and so spring like too!

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  24. Love it! I found your blog googling images for Pushing Daisies dresses, and I'm glad that I did! I'm a sucker for anything with a full skirt and yellow-hued. Keep up the good work!

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  25. This dress fits you beautifully and is beautifully sewn. I haven't seen a placket at the back like this one. What a unique design detail. And yellow gingham... you can't get more "spring" than that. You are so ready to sashay into the season.

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  26. This is such a fresh look. Love the tabs and the yellow gingham.

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  27. I have that pattern and always wanted to make it. Now I'm inspired. You did a beautiful job. Excellent fabric choice. I hope mine turns out half as well when I pick a fabric.

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  28. Gorgeous!!! I LOVE it!!!! What a beautiful color, and you got such a perfect fit!!

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  29. So cute! Good work.

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  30. Lovely dress! Oh yes, ready for spring!

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  31. I love this dress! My favorite is the back detail! LOVE IT!

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  32. Oh, that is super cute! The yellow gingham is so cheery, the fit is amazing, and I love the button tab details. :)

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  33. Congratulations, it is beautiful! I wish I had the dedication to try the muslin thing. I always want to run in and finish asap, which tempts me to take short cuts. This , plus the fact that my waist size is two sizes larger than the rest of me sizes out to just might be why I can't make anything other than a skirt to fit me. I'm so excited for you though! What a great way to begin a new season!

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  34. Angie! I love it. It looks awesome. Enjoy the lovely springy dress. g

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  35. Amazing dress! You look great :) Love this style!

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  36. ~ * ♥ * ~

    Great job Angie! I would love to find a copy of that pattern ~ it is so cute! ^ w ^

    xox,
    bonita of Depict This!
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  37. Oh wow! AMAZING dress! I absolutely love it! Great fit and I love the gingham (and the pearl buttons)!!! YAY!

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  38. Wow that is a gorgeous dress.

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  39. Love the tab details! Really cute print and it looks great on you!

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  40. Lovely! Looks great on you! Guess making a muslin first is worth the effort :-)

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  41. Amazing dress!

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  42. That looks FABULOUS! So many cute details, cheerful fabric and what a beautiful fit.
    Enjoy wearing it!

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  43. That is so GORGEOUS! Love the fabric and the fit, if I had such a cool dress I'd wear it all the time^^

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  44. You are just to cute in that dress. It's adorable.

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  45. Sooooo cute Angie!
    I love it.
    The tabs are so cute.

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  46. Very very sweet! I have a major weakness for yellow gingham. Your details look great and congrats on the fit.

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  47. Adorable!! I love this dress on you - and am very impressed by your fit - especially the bodice darts - great job!! What a beauty!

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  48. WOW that is stunning! Love the fabric choice! This dress is perfect for you. Gives me hope that perhaps some day I'll make something that fits me!

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  49. I love your dress! Gingham is so pretty and spring-like. I bet it looks great with your head, too ;-) !!

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  50. Your dress is so pretty. Admirable fit, and the detail work is perfect. Make another one!

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  51. This dress looks great on you - well done!

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  52. Anonymous10:14 PM

    Great job! You look wonderful

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  53. Yes, let's hear it for spring, and breathing! Breathing in the spring air whilst wearing your new dress!!

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  54. Wow! It's really nice and fits your body really well! Did you find et hard to make? I have just taken up sewing and would love to make one for myself!

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  55. I love it! You look like you belong right in the middle of the late 50's early 60's!

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  56. You look awesome! I love the details on the placket.

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  57. Oh Angie! This turned out soooo good! You did get a wonderful fit! Lucky girl! I love everything about it!

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  58. BEAUTIFUL! and I love those flats!

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  59. A wonderful dress. It came out beautifully and looks so summery and cool. The tabs add a great design element.

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  60. Perfect dress! The color and style make me wish for warm weather!

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  61. Gorgeous! I love love love love love it!

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  62. Cute dress! I love the tabs and back detailing.

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  63. Adorable dress Angie! You achieved a wonderful fit.

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  64. Beautiful dress! I'm really impressed with the bound armholes, and the buttons are very cute.
    BTW, I also call those moments Marilyn Moments!

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