One of the things I have done for a while now is keep a list of the special vintage patterns I have came across online. I search a couple times a week on Etsy, Ebay and a couple FB pages for these patterns. Apparently the few I have on my list must be somewhat rare because it took me a while to come across this Marian Martin pattern. I saw it pop up on Etsy and hesitated for a minute because it was a size 10 but ended up purchasing anyways with the intent of grading down to the 4 that I needed.
The grading process wasn't too difficult. I used the measurement difference between sizes to figure out how much I needed to remove from the pattern pieces. After adjusting the pattern pieces, I then made a muslin. The fit from the first muslin was pretty great but the sleeves were a little too "batwing-ish" for my liking and so made a second muslin with the excess removed from the sleeve region.
The pattern itself was beautifully written. I loved all of the old school sewing "tips" she provided in her tutorial.
Back to the dress, I have it shown on a 2T mannequin so it looks a little big. But you get the idea.
The buttons are from Joanns. Originally, I wanted to find a deep plum color but none I found looked quite as nice as the light tortoise ones.
IG account. I really can't rave enough about this pattern....I have a feeling I will be making a ton of these every summer until Joni outgrows it.
OH, and I just found that MM must have made "Mommy & Me" patterns because I found the identical MM dress pattern sized for adults! The listing was sold, so I will be putting that one on my "wish list". ;)
Until next time,