Tuesday, September 10, 2013
McCall 3939: The 'Hiatus' Dress
So excited to share my latest creation and to get back to blogging! The last couple of months have been very busy but things are getting back to their 'normal' pace (whatever that is..hahahaha). I've name this my 'Hiatus' dress as it allowed me to jump into sewing after a brief break! I was so eager to get back into sewing after this busy time that I happily started this dress on Saturday evening and finished it Sunday morning in order to make the Sew Weekly Reunion deadline. A super big thank you to David for guest posting during the hiatus and to the lovely Sew Weekly ladies for letting me sneak my post in last among all the amazing creations!
To make this dress, I used McCall 3939, as part of my 1940 McCall Project:
I opted to make version 'A' with the long sleeves and without the front pockets. The colour of the dress is difficult to photograph depending on the light but is a lovely deep purple or 'acai' colour. I had the viscose in my stash and found it was the perfect match for the Sew Weekly Reunion challenge theme of sewing with the Autumn 'patone' colours.
I graded the pattern down by four inches, which despite the unusual bodice shape was not too difficult. The bodice consists of two side pieces that are gathered and sewed by a lapped seam under the main bodice piece. The bodice also extends into a 'v' point at the centre front and then is also attached to the waist by a lapped seam.
The skirt front forms a pleat right under the 'v' point. I've left it as a soft pleat instead of ironing the pleat folds.
I made a matching belt with a lovely vintage purple belt buckle that I was generously gifted in a previous Sew Weekly swap.
I really love the dress--and believe it or not, it's already cool enough to wear long sleeves. Purple is such a great colour and the design of the dress is perfect for the viscose fabric! I anticipate getting a lot of wear out this McCall make.
Labels: The 1940 McCall Project