Fabric Used: 2.75 metres of medium weight stretch cotton sateen. This fabric has been in my stash since 2010.
Buttons Used: 9 buttons, recycled from a previous garment.
Thread Used: 1 spool polished off.
Pattern Used: Vintage McCall's 9424, circa 1968.
Colours are all the colours of the rainbow and the colours between the rainbow colours between. I never get indigo. Year after year, I wait for indigo, but even when the fashion is navy, you never get indigo, the glow, the long slow glow of indigo in the high night sky. ~Anne Bartlette~This dress is for Mama R and she looks great in this colour. I'm so thrilled that she agreed to the fabric.
This pattern had a separate pattern piece for the short sleeve. Unlike modern patterns that will just have a "cut here" line on a long sleeve pattern. It was a pleasant experience handling this vintage pattern.
I did tweak the pattern to fit Mama R's taste. I added some width to the lower part of the dress and tapering up to the neckline.
I also extended the placket / front facing piece making the dress a shirt- dress. And I added front pockets as per Mama R's signature request.
This pattern is a keeper. I adore how the collar neatly falls over the shoulder yoke and that it neckline seam is finished with a back yoke. The collar has a more pronounced curve around the neckline seam that you don't typically find in modern designs. I just love how it falls perfectly into place.
Mama R is pleased with this dress and that little fact has me over the moon. The shoulders fit her perfectly, which we never find in a modern size 16 pattern. I guess they had small shoulders back then? She's wanted a nice fitting shirtdress for some time and I finally managed to grant her wish. Finally. I'm going to file this pattern under it's-a-keeper.