McCall’s has produced a Vintage Edit – 20 designs from past decades and invited us (full list here) to sew our own interpretation. If the challenge of sewing something different than my usual spectrum wasn’t enough fun, “for every pattern sold from this Vintage Edit, “McCall’s will make a contribution to the Eve Appeal charity, adding to the £8,300 we were able to donate last year with the proceeds of the Butterick Walkaway dress,” said Sue Haft, MD of The McCall Pattern Company. One of my favourite things about sewing is to try to find something unique and unexpected about any sewing pattern. I was very interested in taking part and invite you all to join us.
When I was given the Edit list to pick from the stripped dress from the cover of V8974 had me hyperventilating with so many interesting details. A ‘V’ neckline and french darts, criss-cross back… awwwmazing skill fest. Picture the perfect lemonade print and pink background. Spring summer perfection. Fabric and pattern matched. Job done- added to the sewing queue.
We all have been allocated slots in advance. Do you find that the longer deadline you have the more you procrastinate to make something? I just kept delaying it on my to-sew list. I wanted to gauge my enthusiasms for spring sewing later in the year. You see… we the got the brief back in January but my reveal day was today. (Technically yesterday) Almost 9 months of procrastination time and looking at the same old plans. I didn’t realise till 3 days I was due to reveal that I haven’t even started. Can I make this summer dress work? I am well into fall/autumn sewing now and a short deadline meant rushing a bit…. Nah….Should I really make a rushed summer dress just because was my initial plans? Scrap that!!!! Make a well made transitional -weather outwear instead.
Bring on plan B. Separates on sewing patterns can get easily dismissed. I got thinking about fashion from the 40’s and somehow felt inspired by bomber jackets silhouettes. Today’s bomber jackets will either be a very close reproduction of the classic 40’s pilot style, or tailored & almost architectural. The jacket pattern at first was so unassuming perhaps is because the dress is so captivating ….Why the double sleeve dart isn’t mention or marked on the pattern drawing illustration? It’s an amazingly cool feature…
I didn’t want to make a literal full pattern alteration but add a simple modification to mimic the bomber effect silhouette. The pattern is described as loose fitting so I picked between 12-14-lenghething the pattern by 5 cm (inc sleeves) and added elastic on the bottom to reduce the fullness of the back. Creating the crop architectural bomber effect I was looking for. Initially I sewn 3 sets of hocks& eyes to close it but didn’t like it. The jacket when worn open creates a really sliming waistline and sits nicely on the body. I’m pretty happy with the result. I managed to take a few pictures on the local Marina before they closed and unfortunately the images are a bit out of focus. I will re-shoot a few more details, inside shoots of these project adding to this post later.
My fabric is of unknown origin. I don’t remember where I aquired or what is the fibre content. It has the most beautiful colourful threads creating a really unique monochrome Aztec/Tribal motif.I only had a small piece making me unable to cut the pattern single for exact pattern matching. Asymmetric and matching it is…… The lines match when the jacket is closed but they aren’t the same. Like sisters stripes not twins. I finished the inside of this jacket with bias binding as the pattern is unlined.
How can you participate, you ask? Simply buy your favourite pattern from this edit and sew your own version. Post a photo with the hastag #bvsewalong and copy in @McCallpatternUK on Twitter or @McCallpatternUK on Instagram. That is it.
Get to know “The Eve Appeal charity” here.
******* Giveaway **********
To win a copy of V8974 courtesy McCall Pattern Company UK; Tell me what 1940’s trends rock your boat? You got a week to enter as I will draw the winner Sep 10.
*Disclaimer: I was offered a fabric voucher (which I politely declined) and a free copy of the pattern to take part of this sew-along. I have made a separate financial contribution to the cause. More importantly, I hope my participation will raise the awareness necessary.