Friday, February 11, 2011

Vtg McCalls 4115 - in progress

I made a lot of progress the past two days on my yellow gingham dress!  Here is the pattern photo:


I'm making the full skirt version, with the button on tabs from the slim version.  First, here are in-progress photos I just snapped of the bodice for you picture lovers.  Then, I'll list the changes I made for fitting for the detail lovers.  ;)

Bodice front, keep in mind I'm more endowed than my dressform! Note the cute little button-on tabs peeking out from under the collar.


Close up of the cute v-neck.  I'm debating topstitching it.  What do you think?


Bodice back, with the back tab.  I LOVE the tabs!  I can't wait to dig around in my stash for buttons.  White?  Pearl?  Yellow??


Inside shot.  I've been following the vintage directions exactly, and used pinking shears to cut out/finish my interior seams.  This is the shoulder seam with the collar flipped up so you can see the facing.  I used the "turn under and edge stitch" finish for the facing raw edge.


The opposite shoulder seam with a better view of the facing.  Because of my changes to the neck, I had to redraw the facing and it seemed a tad too large.  That was probably a drawing/tracing error on my part.  The facing ever so slightly flares out at the bottom edge.  I've adjusted the pattern piece for next time. 


The inside facing at the v-neck.  I still need to tack the facings down.  I should end up with several tack points to keep the facing in place: the CF, shoulder seams, and under the tabs at front and CB.


I turned under 1/8" and edestitched the facing edge:


I topstitched all of the tabs, although the pattern did not call for it.  I thought they looked better with topstitching!  And that could be one of those things that are "left out" of vintage patterns because it was assumed you knew to do that.


I didn't happen to take pictures of the bodice during the muslin stage.  Because it is a simple, fitted bodice, I was able to use my experience & pattern from Simplicity 3430 to help gauge fit.  My first muslin was near perfect (again the front bodice WAS perfect, needing only a re-angled & shorter waist dart, and a lowered side dart). 

The back had some issues that were similar to 3430 with an additional fold of fabric under my neck.   I must be walking around with a hump back there.  Why haven't any of you mentioned that?? haha.)  I added to the sides using the Rasband book, did a swayback adjustment to remove some length at CB, and then removed that little fold/pouch of fabric under my neck by slashing the pattern and overlapping it about 1/2".  I also lowered the back neckline by about 5/8", which I find I have to do on a regular basis. 

None of the fitting books give the slash/overlap as a fix for that fold, by the way.  Pretty much all the fitting info I could find (in books or online) suggested the opposite...ADDING fabric there.  I did try that and it exacerbated the fold.  My instinct was to pin it out and lower the neckline, so I did, and voila.  Perfectly fitted to MY back.  Sometimes you need to go with your instinct! 

Now I'm off to gather the skirt pieces and pray I have a suitable zipper.  This is another side-lapped zipper, and dang it all if this pattern doesn't give any instructions at all!  I'll have to google  or dig through the pattern box I suppose.  I hate the instructions I used last time.

Hope you're all staying warm and toasty!  We still have 19" of snow on the ground (as of 4 pm last night) after a little melting and settling yesterday.  We ended up with over 25" by the time it stopped Wednesday.  That's the most snow we've ever had here. 

Happy Friday!

13 comments:

  1. This is going to be such a cute dress, Ang! I love those tabs, too! I say for buttons...go RED!

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  2. Honey that dress is lovely! You do such nice work. Honest - I just love your style. g

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  3. Really, really cute! Love the tabs, and I think white buttons, but what do I know? ;)

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  4. The details are beautiful. Very sunshine-y dress! We all need it after this winter.

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  5. Oh WOW! This is going to be AMAZING! I am so excited!!! Hmmm...buttons...I would go with yellow or pearl.

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  6. Looks like you got this year's snowmageddon....sorry for you, but glad it's not DC again....
    Have you thought about orange or turquiose buttons, just for a pop of color? Take into account that I have a cold and am totally drugged up, so might not be making sense...

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  7. The bodice is totally cute. Love those tabs! The tab detail, coming out from under the collar is a great design detail that I'm going to put in my "design box". White buttons.

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  8. Gorgeous - those tabs are cute! I think yellow buttons!

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  9. this is going to be adorable. I'm curious to see what you do with the buttons (buttons are always so torublesome, aren't they? so many choices).

    I would topstitch the v-neck. But then, I like topstitching.

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  10. I love it already. There are some great details on this pattern which look amazing in the fabric you picked.

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  11. Such a pretty dress! I love the bright and cheery yellow gingham and the little collar tabs are so cute. I would definitely topstitch the neckline and use pearl buttons. :)

    Lovely!

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  12. I'd use white or yellow buttons, but if you want a contrast have you considered blue? I guess you won't be wearing this dress for a while with all that snow.

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  13. It's looking GOOOOOD!

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