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!
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