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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! 🙂 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! 🙂


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 🙂

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 🙂


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