Inside Vintage McCall 8532

May 25, 2017   /   byMarie  / Categories :  Feeds

Despite having ages to prepare for #TheDressmakersBall earlier this month, I still ended up making my dress in a weekend. Luckily, choosing to work with stretch velvet meant minimal fitting drama...phew!



The ball gave me the perfect opportunity to kickstart my #VintagePledge for this year, by tackling my first ever pattern from the 1930s. McCall 8532 from 1935 stole my heart with its back detail, asymmetrical pleated neckline and voluminous sleeves.

Believe it or not, aside from some indecision regarding the length, this pattern fit pretty well straight out of the pack. No doubt if I was working with a woven fabric it would have been a different story, but I'll take small victories where I can!


I did make a few adjustments of course, but they were mainly of the time-saving and aesthetic kind. If you're interested in how I changed the sleeves, why I cheated with my buttonhole or what made me settle on a tea-length skirt you can find out more in this little video I made.

In the video I also give you a glimpse into the pattern pieces and instructions, to show you that not all vintage patterns are as scary as they sometimes seem. The older the pattern the more reluctant people can be, but McCall 8532 is actually a printed pattern with surprisingly good instructions. It's definitely made me feel more confident about dipping into more of my patterns from this era.






I totally stole Charlotte's style by the way and bought myself the rose gold version of her belt to accessorise my dress with. The overall look is definitely a bit costumey for my liking, but I'm pretty pleased with how this turned out and that I had the perfect event to wear it to.



Are you taking part in the #VintagePledge this year? Have you seen the inspiring makes that are popping up on the dedicated Pinterest board?

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