From the back
I love the way the bodice swings down the front to the natural waist at the back, and the hem line mirrors it. The hem at the front has been drafted to slope through to the back.
A peek at the lining
Darn, forgot to turn out the collar under the button - don't worry, it is perfectly symmetrical in real life...
McCalls Coat dress 4769, (1975).
I did a lot of fitting and refitting on this pattern, but I learned lots of very useful things. The best thing is that it has given me the confidence to grade a pattern up or down, which means a whole new world of retro sewing has become possible. Let me show you just a fraction of what this pattern has been through. Here's the upper bodice piece with a 2 inch FBA moved 4 times, a sliced side seam, a forward shoulder alteration, a tuck taken out through to the shoulder and a dropped arm hole.
I bought my fabric for the Palmer/Pletsch 3 day tailoring workshop I am doing at the end of next month, thought I may as well buy it on sale. I am not very excited about my fabric to be honest, but exactly what does a stay at home mum need with a tailored wool jacket anyway? At least I'll get to have some fun with the lining. it's a suit wool, the perfect weight and hand for this project, BWOF 03-2009-110. Three and a half dots. The pattern that will make me a sewing guru.
But ...I've been thinking of making this one instead. It doesn't have a welt pocket, but I am quite happy to learn the technique on a scrap of fabric anyway. This is more my style, with a faux fur collar option and the petersham ribbon trim. And it's only a 3 dot pattern (7728), which means I will stay a sewing mortal.
Oh by the way, have I introduced you to my sock ham? Socks make great pressing hams. Just go through your drawers and find an odd wool one (in my case, that's also been shrunk in the wash) fill it with scraps to the heel and tie it off. Works brilliantly.