Thursday, February 7, 2013

Sewing Practice: Introducing Prudence and McCall's 8186

Prudence is a chic 16" fashion doll.

McCall's 8186 is a chic little "Adjust for You" dress pattern from 1968.

So how do these two things relate?

I was checking vintage patterns the other day and found out that the very cute McCall's 8186 has a full set of tissue pattern fit instructions with sample drawings.  I immediately thought that I could make one of the dresses on a smaller scale to get in some sewing practice with another vintage pattern, while simultaneously saving time and money.

And then it hit me:  the pattern pieces were nearly the size of the 16" Prudence doll that I received as a gift several years ago.  (For those who are curious she is an "Essential Prudence - Wigged Out - Spring 2008" edition from Wilde Imagination's Ellowyne Wilde line.  She came with three different mix-and-match wigs. More photos at Flickr).

Although the collector in me balks a bit at removing a mint doll from her original packaging, I think that Prudence could use a vintage wardrobe and I could use the sewing experience. I actually adore the pink sheath with lace trim pictured on the envelope cover.  So I went through my scrap box and pulled out three different cotton wovens that I think would make a cute frock:

Your thoughts?  Should I make a seafoam green, bright pink, or denim dress from this pattern?  Don't you just love the bow and band on the bodice?  I think that it's pretty cute!

P.S.  Tomorrow is the last day to take the reader survey and make your opinions known!


  1. Green is my first colour crush of the year (I'm making a conscious effort to both wear and buy more clothes in various shades of green this year), so sea foam gets my vote.

    ♥ Jessica

    1. That's true, emerald and jade are on trend for Spring! Green is one of my favorite colors anyway. I'm partial to pink though! It's hard to choose.


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