Mail Order 4907 Princess Seamed Dress

Allow me to introduce the princess seamed dress with inverted pleats! I finished it a couple weeks ago, and I’m pretty happy with how it turned out!   mailorder-4907-03

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! 

Thanks for reading, and here are some more photos!

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  1. Martine Prompt June 4, 2015 at 05:48 - Reply

    Très jolie robe encore , félicitations ! Je crois que c’était sur la table de salle à manger

  2. springystitches June 5, 2015 at 04:38 - Reply

    Your dress is great and well done on the perfectly centralised the zip into the fabric pattern! It looks lovely on you!

    • zoubi zoubisou June 6, 2015 at 10:07 - Reply

      Thank you so much for the kind words 🙂 Inserting a zipper is a weak point of mine so I’m happy I was able to match the fabric pattern! Have a wonderful weekend!

  3. Katy June 8, 2015 at 05:04 - Reply

    Just gorgeous!

  4. katrynarae June 10, 2015 at 23:20 - Reply

    I LOVE this dress. The pattern and the shape are so beautiful. You definitely made the best fabric choice.
    I have a number of patterns from the same mail order company, one design even pretty close to this one – just without those beautiful pleats. That one is #4803 and I am lucky enough to have the original mail envelope with a stamp that says August 1971. I guess going numerically this one should be just slightly younger than mine.

    • zoubi zoubisou June 13, 2015 at 10:03 - Reply

      Awesome! Thanks so much for the information, Katryna. That’s very helpful! These mail order patterns are wonderful. Have you sewn the #4803? Would love to see it!

  5. Elsa June 14, 2015 at 22:52 - Reply

    Superbe et elle te va vraiment bien!

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