I decided that I would tackle this dress from the November 1948 Home Journal as I found some fabric that I thought would suit the design well. Well I really should have done a muslin and for any future patterns from the Home Journal I think I will. I am really not a fan of muslins, they seem a little of a waste of time, however for the vintage patterns I think they are a must, at least until I learn the idiosyncrasies of these patterns.
Let’s just say my version of this pattern was close to a disaster – it is so frumpy and the fit is terrible.
Here are some of the pattern pieces – unmarked but this is normal for the time. Check out the shoulder slope on the back piece!
It is too wide in the shoulders and bust (and I thought I would be busty enough!). I am not happy with it and think I will re-cut it into something else. Maybe a skirt or I’ll buy some more, keep the skirt and make a new top, perhaps similar but that fits correctly. I am so frustrated I have thrown it into the corner. Does anyone get these issues?
On the plus side – I did learn that if I was around back then I could have purchased literature that would make me taller – being 5’2″ I think that would have been great. Wonder what the literature said? It was even offered with a guarantee. I love ads from back then – amusing stuff!