Well, would you believe it - I have some curves!
Seriously, folks, I am so used to being pretty much straight up and down that this 1950's silhouette comes as a bit of a shock!
The shaping is achieved with the help of shoulder pads, pairs of waist darts which go in and out again (there must be a name for these), and more darts on the shoulders.
The sleeves are double-thickness fabric, so have a certain amount of weight, which adds to their shape.
And of course, there is that cheeky peekaboo neckline with a little bow.
I love these buttons! I saw them on Tilly's blog and had to have some. I wouldn't say I went all the way to Edinburgh just to buy them, but they were definitely top of my shopping list on my recent day trip!
McCall pattern 6245 from the 1950's, size 18 (36 bust) reduced by 5 inches to fit me. It is a printed pattern with 5/8 inch seams and good clear instructions. There are even three separate pattern pieces to build your own shoulder pads - but I used modern ready-made's.
It is a good length for tucking in to a high-waisted skirt or wearing out over low-slung jeans. I actually shortened it by about an inch to fit it onto my single metre of fabric.
The fabric is a cotton seersucker, bought as a "sample" from eeebaaay for the princely sum of £2.40! They have a very similar plain white with a white polka dot at Remnant House fabrics of Harrogate at the moment - they call it a "burn out" fabric.
Buttons from Edinburgh Fabrics (no website), Nicolson Street Edinburgh. They are exactly the same size as the dots!
it would add crucial stability. No Vilene used.
I am very pleased with it! I like how it is a genuinely vintage style, which nevertheless goes with modern clothes like jeans.
Will I make it again? Almost certainly, though it is such a distinctive shape I need to change it around a bit next time, maybe by making the long-sleeved version for the autumn.