Maudella 5184: My first vintage pattern!

Sorry it’s been awhile! I’ve been a bad blogger but I assure you I’ve been very productive! πŸ™‚ I finished this dress a while ago, but haven’t worn it yet, however I have other finished pieces to blog so I figured I better at least get it up here! πŸ™‚


Working with my first vintage pattern was a treat! The instructions were vague in areas but that forced me to actually think about what I was doing & make conscious decisions where to make changes. It showed me how much I really have learned & increased my confidence πŸ™‚

The pattern was unprinted and one size but the punch markings were so thorough, it made it easy to transfer markings to my tracing. I used tailors tacks for everything.

The size of the pattern was too big, but I wasn’t sure how much ease it would have, so i made my regular sizing adjustments first: an FBA and waist adjustment, then muslined the bodice. It was too big so I sized the bodice down 4″ at the top by removing a wedge out of the front & back bodice at the shoulder, grading down to 0″ at the waist. The fit was great after that and…. no neck gape!! Yay!

I was short on fabric so I decided to try my hand at making self bias binding and replaced the facings at the collar, sleeve, and front closure with that.


I also used vintage rayon hem binding and a vintage zipper, and did a vintage style back vent, like I learned in the Bombshell class.




The buttons are from my shopping trip with my mum, from Dressew.


I bought he belt kit from Sunni’s shop – it turned out great! I can’t believe I made a belt; cool right? I was worried about my machine topstitching through the belt backing but I took it slow and it handled just fine πŸ™‚


In other news, I am finishing a big project today – stay tuned to see what I made! πŸ™‚

About symondezyn

graphic designer, illustrator, and artist of many skills... always striving towards new challenges and goals, and always with more projects than time to do them in!! View all posts by symondezyn

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