What can I say, peeps? You're the best. Yesterday I let you decide how I should proceed with the 1948 McCall's dress and the results speak for themselves. The fabric belt is a big improvement. I thank you.
Cathy, relieved that her torso won't be sliced in half by a big, black-velvet horizontal, thanks you as well. She's a happy girl.
The fabric belt was actually quite easy to make.
I interfaced my strip of fabric (there was a pattern piece for a belt), folded the seam allowances under (the belt is roughly one inch wide) and topstitched it directly on top of an old belt I'd found at the Salvation Army.
I cut a buckle off a fake patent leather belt I had and voila! -- a matching fabric belt with a shiny black buckle.
I'd like to share another first with you, peeps: I finished my first hem by hand! I found a You Tube video that showed how to sew a simple hem stitch and I just gave it a try. It didn't take as long as I feared it would and from the outside it's practically invisible.
It feels like a big leap forward for me, as I had a real fear of hand sewing (primarily because I didn't know how). I even hand-finished the sleeves!
If the weather holds out, we'll do our photo shoot tomorrow.
Oh, one last thing: this is a cocktail dress hence the black accessories. We're going for more of an early evening look.
Thanks again to everyone who voted and/or commented. I think you may have saved my relationship with Cathy as well as her career!
I'm a native New Yorker and self-taught sewing fanatic! I've been sewing obsessively since 2009 and today make all my own clothes using mostly vintage patterns and vintage sewing machines. Welcome to the warm and whimsical world of Male Pattern Boldness, where the conversation is sewing, style, fashion, fabric, and more!