You guys! I can't believe it took me this long to try sewing a vintage pattern! I don't know what I was afraid of, or what was holding me back, but oh man, it was such a pleasant experience!
I did a lot of searching on Ebay, before I came across Vogue 9972, in my exact measurements. That is one thing to consider when searching for a vintage pattern, just search for vintage patterns with your exact measurements in the search bar, then you won't have to shuffle through a bunch of patterns that aren't even your size.
It came a bit tattered and torn, but that is to be expected with a pattern that was printed in 1960. The first thing I did was open it up and read through the instructions. This little tid-bit made me laugh, my how times have changed. No girdle for me!
I also recently acquired a box of cute little sewing notions from my Grandmother's old things and had to use these vintage hook & eyes for the waist clasp because it just made sense!
There were other little things that needed to be adjusted according to the time we are living in now. Like the interfacing needing to be basted on. Well I cut that step out because I used iron-on interfacing instead. :)
Other than that, the instructions and illustrations were wonderful! The illustrations showed the steps to take in a lot of detail. And all of the instructions were on one page! I think these were some of the better instructions I've ever used. Now I can't say that for all vintage patterns, because this is the only one I've done, but so far so good!
I wanted this dress to feel vintage all around, so I used this cotton percale sheeting from Fabric Mart. It is a bit sheer, and very lightweight, but that is the look I was going for. This is also the first time I've ever made a belt. I think the belt really helps make it look vintage-y.
I probably should have lined this dress, but do you want to know a secret? I haven't properly lined a dress since I bought these amazing slips from Honey of California. They hide everything I want hidden, and they are super thin and lightweight. They are my total cheat sheet for getting out of lining things. :) Now I'm sure there will be times that require an absolute lining, but in the meantime, I'm just going to wear my slips!
I love the look and feel of this vintage dress so much, I am already on the hunt for my next vintage pattern.