Good news, readers! Despite today's blizzard, my vintage 40's Vogue evening gown pattern arrived in the mail. It's S-4742, and I believe it dates back to 1946.
The pattern looks like it still has its original folds and came complete with instructions. The seller didn't have the original envelope, however.
As soon as I got it, I grabbed the instruction sheet and studied it. I had to find out how that panier effect was created!
Lo and behold, there is an elaborate understructure, a panier, very much like this:
The instructions explain exactly how to construct it. They call it a bustle.
As for the bodice, it's very straightforward. It's boned, of course.
I hope to make this gown for Cathy in the coming months. I don't know the pattern size (the pattern pieces aren't printed), so I'll measure the total waist of the skirt pieces and that should tell me.
In Miyake coat news, I worked on the lining today. Would you believe I spent more time on the lining than I did on the coat itself? And it's just a half lining! I used the same lightweight wool plaid I lined my toggle coat with three years ago -- I had enough plaid left in my stash.
I didn't have enough leopard knit to use for the facings, so I used another remnant from my toggle coat -- some gray melton wool, which adds some welcome heft to the front of the coat. Tomorrow I hope to insert the lining and attach the collar. Most of the seams major seams will also need to be topstitched.
Meanwhile, it's been snowing all day today and it's still snowing now.
Remember that fabric I found on the street a few weeks ago (a bit of which I used for that newsboy cap)? It's been sitting on my balcony and is now covered with snow. When it melts I'm going to have to launder all the fabric all so it doesn't get moldy.
In weather like this, when I'm basically stuck indoors, it's feels good to have a sewing project in the works -- and a cup of hot tea.
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