The condition was fab. I had to unstick it to get in and it was still factory folded (I actually prefer used patterns, they make me less nervous and I like to think of who might have made the dress and when they might have worn it all those years ago - in this case 80 years ago).
I made a rough muslin (and that is the only kind of muslin I do make!) and the size 36" bust seemed almost perfect, I just put a bit of extra room in the sleeve and took a bit out of the waist. (As you can see I don't bother with all the skirt, just in case you thought I was making a very mini mini!).
One thing which went well was the collar. This is the first time I have tried making the under-collar piece 1mm smaller all round than the top and this produced the desire curl (which you can just see below) which has made the collar lie nice and flat.
|This was the first zip I had put a zip inside a side seam and although it was fiddly (I used an invisible zip because I like that look the best) I am very proud how invisible it is (yes I know the pattern doesn't match it was impossible - but the waist seam does).
There is a little inverted pleat at the front and I used this fab tutorial from Sherry which really worked to sort out the hem issues.
I also edged the hem with some stretchy cotton lace to make a nice (whilst flat) edge.
Are you desperate to see the dress yet.... I just finished on time but had to put in the zip, join the side seams, put in the sleeves, make the cuffs and hem it on Saturday .... a bit of an epic sewing day! So here it is on my dummy
And on Sunday I thought a little trip to Carnforth train station (famous for being the setting for the film Brief Encounter) would be a fitting backdrop.
I shortened the length by a couple of inches, because I wanted a dress I could wear rather than one which was slavishly authentic. Its not my favourite because really I like a tight bodice and full skirt style which is the opposite of this, but it is wearable, even for work. And here are a couple of more piccies. Just need a handsome leading man to whisk me away on a steam train!
Finally we have finally been loving a bit of September sun