Added Mar 15, 2010
Brooklyn, New Yo...
This is my take on a vintage 1978 maternity pattern, the McCall’s 5921 “Carefree” dress. It’s done and I (mostly) love it, but there was NOTHING carefree about the weeks of blood, sweat and tears I poured into this dress. I’m not sure what possessed me to attempt all of the following on one project on a tight deadline… My first: vintage pattern, woven dress muslin, attempt at sewing with silk or working with large-scale prints, collar… I’ve included before and after photos of the muslin so you can see my alterations, but for an excruciatingly detailed review with pattern images showing how I adjusted the bust and tummy (adding 6" and 22" respectively!), see my blog, Polka Dot Overload
The main fabric is a bold Maggy London orange floral silk twill, bought online at Fabric Mart for $3.99/yard. Such a deal and SO gorgeous and SO me, but this was the hardest part of the whole project—this stuff slipped, slid and shifted so much it was like sewing sheets of Vaseline. The solid trim fabric is a much crisper and more cooperative nubbly silk “chantoune” bought at “It’s a Material World” for $7.99/yard. Total fabric cost: about $16. The interfacing for the collar and bands was a soft knit fusible.
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