Vintage sewing with Elise from Punga Road Studio

McCall's 3326 and fabric detail

If you have been following along with my Vintage Dressmaking Collaboration announced a couple of weeks ago, you might be excited to learn that this is The Big Weekend. I’m meeting with Elise at Punga Road Studio on Sunday afternoon, to move onto the next step, working with a toile, checking fit and moving on to the final garment.

For those who like to see the details, the pattern instructions for the lay indicate all is cut on the fold with no amounts to cut indicated (cut two, cut one etc.) this method reflects home dressmaking culture of fold to fit a kitchen table. This is probably how my nanas cut and sewed their clothes.


We will not be using this layout as the fabric is far smaller that that required, but we will be working from the toile pieces, and using them with single thickness. This is one of those economical home sewing techniques I will use again.


So very exciting!


I asked Elise about other vintage and vintage style dresses she has made, here is a photo of two lovely frocks she has created, here is what Elise says about them:

“The Blue is made in a polyester/cotton damask weave, with hidden pockets in the front seams. The Berries with bows front and back, is in polished cotton so makes a lovely swishing sound when moving.”

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