Vogue waistcoat pattern 6555 c1951 available at Wickedlady Collectables
A McCall's late 1930s panelled skirt and vogue waistcoat pattern from 1951 in worsted. Worn with tan snakeskin Miss Rayne shoes and silk pussybow blouse.
If you are new to sewing a panelled or gored skirt it is one of the easiset and quickest things you can make. You should be able to do it in an afternoon or maybe two.
This McCall's skirt is a pattern I come back to time after time. It can be made in just about any fabric, this one is wool suiting (worsted).
If you are thinking of making a wool skirt I highly recommend that you line it. Cut out the pieces again in lining material and stitch together as skirt, place the lining on the inside of the skirt wrong sides together and stitch together along the waistline BEFORE you attach the waistband. A lining helps the skirt hang better and avoids the need of a slip.
The waistcoat is also quite simple but has some tailoring in the darts. You will need to be quite precise when stitching in the lining and ironing the seams so that the edges are straight and symmetrical.
Topstitching with the machine along the edges of the waistcoat prevents the lining from sagging and showing underneath the front.
I have always dreaded making buttonholes but modern machines have a very simple arrangement that more or less do it for you. You just have to be careful with the ripper when slicing them open.
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