Saturday, January 09, 2010

A Classic Cotton Shirtwaist: McCall's 4769

Timeless--this modern pattern, McCall's 4769, could pass for vintage if it needed to. I made it up in a little geometric print that I didn't love when I started, but grew to adore by the time the dress was finished.


I piped the collar and cuffs for a break in the ditsy. And set the front vertical band on the bias. Which, because I had a diagonal print to begin with, makes for a subtle change which I like.


As usual, I got lucky in the vintage button department. Where do they come from? They just appear in the sewing room in the exact shade and number I need!

I lost the instruction sheet for this pattern, so I did it without! The cuffs completely stumped me and I made up something wrong--I know because afterwards I went to Hobby Lobby, pulled the pattern out of the drawer, and made notes for next time. I've already got fabric ready to go for this dress for my girls. It's a classic.

15 comments:

Gillian said...

It's lovely! The piping really looks nice. I own this pattern and have been contemplating making it up for a year or so - it's nice to see it works up so well. Now if only I can be so fortunate in the vintage button department....

Christian @ Modobject at Home said...

Love the fabric! Beautiful work, as usual.

Mary said...

LOVE this! It's just beautiful. Well done.

MommaMindy said...

You are an amazing seamstress! You make casual comments about how you added piping, and I know that it is a hard skill. It is fun to see what you create. I would love to know about how long it takes for you to sew each item.

Polly said...

That looks cosy! I like that pattern because of the different sleeve options. I'm a beginner, and just bought a wrap pattern with sleeve options of short or none, and I wish there were a long-sleeved variation as well. I want to make it in something long and comfortable for winter. I think this shirtwaist pattern might be too advanced for me just yet, but One Day!!!!

Piping makes all the difference!

*Michigan Momma* said...

I love this type of pattern ~ it would look fabulous on most any body type, because it creates a wonderful silhouette!

Just beautiful~
Lori

Anonymous said...

Nice work. I'm sure you will enjoy wearing it.

Elisabeth Black said...

Watering. My mouth. Fabric.

Margo said...

very sharp! I love anything turquoise.

Good Thunder said...

I have made up this pattern FOUR times- and I simply cannot figure out how to do the collar right. I usually end up with an odd diamond shape in the end that looks ok but involves a lot of snipping and fidgeting- never that smooth look that lays well. If there is a secret to doing those types of collars I would be so so so indebted to you if you would tell me what it is. ANY advice about it would be appreciated!

calm said...

You have inspired me. I slso really like the styles of the thirties with the longer lengths and gracious, feminine appeal. Am thinking I will start perusing the vintage patterns!

Also enjoy your photography.

Blessings to you and yours~

Kerrie said...

I just loved seeing all the vintage patterns! The dress and the duster came out really nice! Kerrie

Eva Girl said...

I just wanted you to know that you inspired me to start my own blog! I'm not a seamstress, but I love dresses - the house dress is one of my interests - so thank you for the inspiration!!!!
I just posted about the EASIEST way to make a shirtwaist dress http://theopulentpoppy.blogspot.com/2010/02/shirtwaist-dress.html
I think it's going to be one of my favorites : )

Joanna said...

Lovely dress! My husband and I recently wrote and published an illustrated children's knitting book together. He asked me what I wanted the character's dresses to look like, and I sent him several of your blog posts for inspiration! This feels kind of spammy, but I would love to send you a copy of this book as a gift and a way to say thank you for sharing your beautiful projects with us! slatefallspress@comcast.net

Anonymous said...

Your sewing is beautiful. What a joy to see young women in beautiful dresses. They are so lucky to have a mom who doesn't mind going the extra mile for her daughters. Keep up the GOOD work !

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