Thursday, 12 February 2015

1950's Swirl Dress




Starting off my pledge to make 10 vintage patterns in 2015 I present numero uno McCalls 5411 


I used a lovely red floral cotton in a light weight and it was very easy to make. I really love the neckline and pocket border options. This is a very comfortable dress to wear and I can easily wear it with thick tights, leather boots and a cardigan in the colder months or bare legged in the summer.

 
The only issue I have with the pattern is the wide neckline, which causes a slight gaping in the front. When I make this up next time I will remove a 1 inch wedge from the neckline, leaving the waist at the original measurement. Lingerie clips would also help to solve the issue, so for this dress I will add them to anchor the dress to my bra.


Isn't that pocket just gorgeous! I'm a serious ric rac fan and any opportunity to use it I'm in! I'm glad I went with the contrast trim as it makes the floral really POP!

 
In general I hate capped sleeves because they restrict my movement, are uncomfortable, and make my arms look fat. But these are charming! I have full movement, no cutting in at all, and I felt no arm embarrassment. Win Win Win!


The only change I made to the finish of this garment was to ignore the button that is meant to go at the centre back neck and hold the back closed. I left it off completely and pressed the back open, creating this cute back collar effect.


The wrap closure works well, and no knicker flashing so far whilst I have worn it, even in the windy weather. I've worn this dress non stop since I finished making it because it is both comfortable and stylish, and nothing can beat that killer combo for me!!!


Red floral has turned out to be the perfect look for Valentine's day, so I have definitely got something to wear this year.

Happy Valentine's Day Everyone!

XOXO

Christina








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