Cheerio dearies! I’m going to start a new (intermittent) series here on the blog about our favorite patterns, vintage and otherwise that we seamstresses of the house have made (and possibly some we haven’t).
So today I am going to show you all my very first vintage pattern that I ever bought: McCall’s 6419. At the time I had no idea about the world of vintage patterns that existed and thought, when I only had to shell out 50 cents for the item, “Oh, that’s sweet. Only 50 cents for a pattern.” Without even considering that it was VINTAGE!!! And on Etsy it would probably be $10.00 or more!
As you know from previous posts (I’ll make a list of those below), we have made this pattern up several times, with several different variations. The dress on the left is my first version of this pattern. Shortly after that Mom made Jessica a very similar dress along with the denim jacket you see here, which was made by eliminating the skirt and attaching a panel of lightly pleated material instead. The dress in the middle is Charlotte’s short sleeved version of the pattern, made out of an old plaid homespun costume skirt, with contrasting white collar and cuffs. Here’s a list of a few blog posts that display some of the many dresses we’ve made from this pattern (in no particular order of course):
It’s funny, I’ve only made this pattern once, even though I bought it! Mom has made it a total of 4 times, and Charlotte has only made it twice too, making for a grand total of 6 dresses and a jacket made from this one pattern!
Unfortunately, due to all this use (this was before I knew that you should trace off a vintage pattern before using it) the pattern has become very fragile, so I’m going to have to copy it before I can make it again (which I am planning on doing, hopefully, this summer).
Oh, and before I forget, a few more details about the pattern. Dating from 1962, this pattern is a classic shirtwaist design with a button placket up the front bodice, and a hidden snap placket in the pleated skirt. The back bodice is box pleated to a shoulder yoke. It has the option of being long or short sleeved, and one size contains three different “height-sized” patterns stacked on each other like modern multiple size patterns are today.
Another interesting thing to note about this pattern is that it is a McCall’s “Easy-Mark Pattern”. This meant that you could iron the pattern over your fabric and transfer the markings to it (as long as the fabric was the right type)! I don’t know if McCall’s made very many of these or how popular they were, but I think it’s kind of neat that such ingenuity was being used in the further development of patterns back then.
I already gave you all some links to similar dress patterns here. If you want to get yourself a pattern to make a similar dress be sure to check those out.
I think the most ironic thing about the time of my purchase of this pattern is that the very next year shirtwaist styles became oh so popular! Always ahead of the trends aren’t I? 🙂