Friday, November 28, 2008

Vintage Bowling Dress in Wool: McCall 7734


There is something about this pattern cover that speaks to my heart. Look at those ladies sporting with such elegance!


I had to make this pattern up in a business-like wool. In a business-like color. It's very fine fabric, comfortable over a slip, and quite lightweight. I could so golf in this dress.


Although all I've tried doing so far is coughing (better now though!). I found that the deep action-pleated back works great during a really powerful coughing spell. You have room to truly work your lungs and abs.


And the ginormous pocket can hold tons of Kleenexes.


The covered buttons are just there to make you feel like you've got it all together.

This was my second time to make up this pattern. I took about an inch out of each shoulder width, and I am not a narrow girl. But I nailed the fit this time! Love that.

16 comments:

Lisateresa said...

Wow, Anna! Good job!

Anonymous said...

What tickles me about this fabulous dress is that in the days when it was designed, it was "sportswear" - what was then considered casual. These days people would consider you "all dressed up" if you wear this!

Beautiful job!

TF

Lucille said...

I do admire your grit. I'm having difficulty getting round to hemming a pair of trousers with just an incipient tickle in my throat!

Mrs. Rabe said...

That is a great dress, Anna!

I love that women used to do just about everything in a dress! Now if you put on a dress or skirt, people think there is something special going on!

Rain said...

You are a very talented seamstress. I love the patterns you bring back to life!

Linda said...

What a lovely, classic look Anna.
I'm glad you're getting over the cough. It seems to be making it's way around the country!!
Do you play golf? I keep thinking I ought to learn so my husband will have someone to golf with. I have a feeling it would be an exercise in frustration (judging from my prowess on the minature golf course).

Blossom said...

You've just got to love these vintage patterns - a dress for bowling and golfing no less! You did a wonderful job sewing this.

Amy

Kimberlee said...

Gorgeous dress! And only Anna could be so sick with such elegance. Hope you're feeling all better soon.

Gillian Frank said...

This is beautiful! I am in awe of your sewing skills. (And of your vintage dress patterns!) Where do you get your beautiful wools?

Tracey said...

Love that dress.. oh to be wearing that, feeling glamourous and athletic,, what a combination!

Proverbs 31 said...

Gorgeous!!! Marie x

Sally said...

Just beautiful as always, Anna! Love your choice of fabric. Congratulations on nailing the fit too!

I've joined you in the hacking and coughing department. I hope you are your old self again soon, though it is always good to test pleats for coughing room and pockets for Kleenex. ;)

jill-in Ohio said...

love the new business look to this one---but I do so enjoy my brown flowered bowling dress !! looks great Anna!!

Anonymous said...

Something about the pattern cover reminds me of illustrations from old Nancy Drew books! Your dress is lovely.
Wendy

Heather said...

What a lovely blog you have! Nice to meet you :)

Angie said...

I love that you actually make the items in the vintage patterns. I just use the pattern envelopes and toss the patterns :(

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