Unprinted Vintage Dress Pattern and Resizing

Resizing a pattern with no print has to be the hardest skill to acquire in sewing garments. Especially if your garment is complex with many little pieces. For Memorial Day weekend I wanted to make something a little patriotic and a little from the bombshell WWII era.

Tracy McElfresh Sewing WWII Unprinted Patterns and Resizing

When you sew you have to constantly problem solve. My problem here was this pattern is a size 18 1/2. This one had so many pieces I decided to make it and take it in to a smaller size. I would of been a 12-14 in my bust and a 14-16 in my hips for this time period.

I decided to cut all of my pieces the size they came in. I had several reasons for my decision. One was that it was already a challenge, many pieces with all these little dots that represented information. It was like a decoding detective game. Dots across in a row represented grain line. Dots across waist and hips were my shorten lengthen line. I’m short so I used the dots to make it all a lot shorter. My other reason was the multiple pieces and the math involved seemed like to big of a challenge.

I could tell right away it was too big. Lucky I had planned out how to take it in before finishing anything. This means trying it on over and over again. It can be hectic doing this in the middle of a big project but I had to get the fit right.

Tracy McElfresh Sewing WWII Unprinted Patterns and Resizing

This dress was part of my 2016 #Solidschallenge~ The idea that if I sew with solids it will clearly show my mistakes, good craftsmanship and force me to get creative. So, I made fun accessories to really victory it up. A belt, covered buttons and a scarf would really brighten it up. Made all of these out of vintage materials to keep with my theme.

Tracy McElfresh Sewing WWII Unprinted Patterns and Resizing

I scored an awesome dress and got the fit right it just took an entire day of fitting.

Behind the scenes~ The week I made this dress I traded the Poppy Dress for this awesome piece of art by Tiffany Clark. It hangs above my moms treadle singer machine.

Thank you for reading!

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh

Tracy McElfresh is the owner of Tracy’s Sewing Studio LLC.
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