A #vintagepledge muslin (which I’m counting anyway…)

#vintagepledge cropped shirt

Because, let’s face it, if I waited ’til the final version before I started counting these towards my #vintagepledge tally, we’d be here a long time…  Happy Bank Holiday everyone!  Hope you have something more relaxing planned than taking the kids swimming, which is what we’ve got lined up for the day…  I mean, don’t get me wrong, it’s fun, but you couldn’t call it relaxing…

gingham tie-waist shirt

This is a bodice muslin for a vintage shirtdress pattern I bought on eBay:

vintage dress pattern #vintagepledge

I made it up in polycotton, so it’d be wearable just in case it fit – plus it’s cheaper than calico these days, so there’s that!  I was actually pleasantly surprised with the fit – I was expecting it to be on the small side, since it’s a 50s pattern to start with, and I’m more of a 40 than a 38 at the minute, if I’m honest…  But it’s not at all!  The overall size is pretty spot-on, with just a few tweaks needed here and there:  I suspect the front may need a little more length, and the bust darts are hilariously high, but it’s perfectly wearable.  Unlike my trousers, which are showing unmistakeable signs of having been made in cheapy-crappy denim with inadequate interfacing and a useless zip.  We live and learn…

#vintagepledge gingham shirt

I really enjoyed the construction – just new-to-me enough to be interesting without being a head-scratcher.  The collar isn’t cut separate (à la the Carolyn pyjamas, and most other notched collar patterns I’ve come across), but is an extension of the fronts and front facings, seamed at the centre back.  There is a shoulder dart which you sew down at the same time as attaching the collar extensions to the shirt back.  It’s quite a neat method, although you do have to trim the seam-allowances in that notch to quite a frightening extent to avoid pulling – something that wouldn’t a issue with a separate collar piece.

I found the instructions surprisingly clear – this despite being fitted on 2 sides of 1 foolscap sheet.  That’s the full instructions for a full-skirted shirt-dress with collar and facings.  And most of the second side being cutting layouts…

vintage instructions

And there was STILL space for an advert!

I sewed the bodice exactly as provided and instructed, apart from adding faux-cuffs to the sleeves and extending the centre-fronts and their facings to form ties.  Altogether, I’m really happy with this as a first effort on this pattern, and I’m pretty confident with the fitting tweaks I need to make for next time.  That’s a black lie.  I hate fitting.  But you have to try, don’t you?

Enjoy the holiday!

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