Here is my first 1940 McCall project of 2014! Except it's from 1939! SHOCK! HORROR! hahaha. Yup, this pattern is nestled amongst 1940 McCall patterns but the copyright date is 1939. This has happened before (but with a pattern that should have been from 1941 according to the pattern number but was copyrighted in 1940). This was most likely produced at the end of 1939 and then the release was delayed for 1940. Despite that, it is happily taking a treasured place among my other 1940 McCall Project makes!
Isn't it beautiful? I just love the simplicity of the bodice and the fullness of the skirt:
This pattern is featured in the February issue of McCall's Magazine:
The magazine describes the pattern as such:
And here is my version:A twelve-gore skirt is a thing of beauty and joy for a long time. The yellow dress has this skirt. It hangs slimly in deep deceiving ripples, but when you move it goes into a lively dance. Neck and shoulder pieces in one. No. 3560.
I made the dress from a brown viscose fabric, which works beautifully with the drape of the twelve-gored skirt!
I've been wanting to get my hair cut for a while now and there is an amazing vintage salon in Edinburgh called Miss DixieBelle. So, I made an appointment for my birthday (what better way to celebrate than with a little pampering?) I always get a cut and style (because Ariana, the stylist does so many amazing vintage hairdos)...I simply cannot resist getting it styled!
The salon has a fun retro vibe. Check out the leopard print cover-up:
Here is the finished style! Oh how I LOVE it! I would love to wear my hair like this every day of the week!!
Right, now back to the dress....which features pleated sleeve caps, a stand-up collar and two zippers (one at the neck back and one on the side):
The back of the dress is very simple but elegant. I left the hemline on this dress a bit longer than I normally do because it fit well with the flare in the skirt.
We took these pictures at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh. There's something about these gardens that make them nice all year 'round (even in January!)
I am very happy with my new dress! I think it will be a fantastic wardrobe staple. I can also have fun adding accessories to get a pop of colour!
Oh, here goes the dress into a lively dance:
Later that evening, David surprised me by inviting some of my best girlfriends over for cake and wine. Check out the pirate candles:
Such a lovely day, and a great way to ring in another year!