Let’s start with the Patty Young quilting cotton fabric. It’s been something of a DeLorean for me, transporting me back in time. My grandparents had a tablecloth of the same design on their kitchen table, and many childhood summer mornings started off with eating breakfast off of it. Working with this fabric all these years later made for some happy memories and welcome nostalgia.
This is the first time I’ve used such a predominant design for a dress. My main goal was to match the fabric design as best I could. Having many pieces to work with both in the front and at the back, I had to choose my battles. But I’m happy with the final result, especially the front center seam and how the little belt blends well with the rest of the dress.
The pattern had been used and altered at the waist, and turned out to fit me well. I removed a couple of inches from the sides, but made no further modifications. I had originally cut 3/4 sleeves for the dress, but by the time I was done with the muslin, the weather here in Vancouver had begun to warm up and I changed my mind! I finished the armholes with a bias facing.
On the topic of the pattern, these vintage mail order sewing patterns are a mystery to me. This one is #4907. The original envelope appears to have been lost long ago, so I don’t know how to accurately date the pattern. 60s? 70s? If anyone knows how to date these things, please tell me!