Here's a reminder of the pattern I used: This is McCall's 6409, circa 1962.
Although this is a vintage pattern, it's kind of a cheat in terms of my goal of making something from a vintage sewing pattern. I made the A-line skirt in the middle - really there's not a lot that's simpler than an A-line skirt, and I'd been looking for a nice pattern for a while when I came across this one. It also includes a full- and half-circle skirt pattern, all in my waist size, so that's a bonus. I was intrigued by the fact that the recommended fabric for the full circle skirt is felt. I'm having a hard time imagining wearing a skirt made of felt!
I traced my pattern pieces well over a month ago, and took a couple pictures at the time, since it was my first time with a vintage pattern. In the first one, you can get a good look at the shape of the hip. I really like that curve; it seems that so many modern A-line skirt patterns have straight side seams. This is a better fit for my shape.
It was also interesting to me that the lengthen/shorten line was at the bottom edge. Not too surprising I guess in a skirt this full.
Otherwise, not much was different between this pattern and a modern one. And OK - I have to admit that it feels a little weird for me to call a pattern from 1962 "vintage" given that I was born in 1964. Yeesh! So hard to believe that was 50 years ago!
Here's my sewing table (a.k.a dining table) yesterday, mid-skirt:
I was a little amused by the instructions: this pattern is rated as "recommended for beginners:"
But when it gets to the section for installing the zipper, it just says "Insert zipper according to instructions on package." I guess that's how zippers came back in the day? I do remember that actually from the '80s (the nineteen eighties!). The pattern calls for a lapped zipper, but I'm just not a fan, so I did an invisible zipper. I know I say this every time I do an invisible zipper, but this truly was my best one yet!
The other thing about the instructions that made me giggle was that it says this:
Wow! Only four? Well, no. Each "step" has a number of sub-steps! Liars!
Not that it mattered. I didn't follow the instructions at all!
I didn't realize it until I was actually cutting out the fabric, but the front piece is wider than the back, which takes the side seams slightly to the back of the skirt. I think that's a nice touch.
One thing I am following the instructions on is hemming: for once, I'm actually letting the skirt hang for a few days so that the bias parts can relax.
I'm even going to do the measuring from the floor up. I'm going to have to take off several inches. I want this to hit just below the knee (like in the picture). There's a two-inch hem allowed, but the pattern is obviously drafted for someone much taller than 5'4" - unhemmed, this hits me at the low calf.
Here's a picture of the hanging skirt. I like how the pool designs come across as huge polka-dots. I actually moved my pieces around so I didn't get a polka-dot on my solar plexus or "lady area." I was proud of myself for remembering to do that!
And here's a close-up of my favorite part of the print: check out these people, just chillaxin' with a book next to the pool:
With the lining the skirt has a nice heft and drape. But I'm wishing I'd altered the pattern for my less-full right hip (which always plagues me). I'd thought the skirt was full enough for that not to be noticeable, but it's not. Live and learn!
|Gratuitous dart and waistband shot.|