I recently purchased this amazing vintage pattern from ebay. It was on buy it no for £8.99, it’s rather more than I’d usually spend but I have been in love with this style of dress for a while now but without the cash to purchase one of my own.

McCalls 2240

It is very much like the classic Swirl wrap dress  often available on ebay and etsy but usually costing around £50 – £100 that’s plus postage (and usually tax if it’s coming from America). The lovely ones are always at the higher end of the pricing too, which is why when I saw this pattern I snapped it up immediately.

Then there’s Heyday’s version, which again is quite expensive, usually around the £85 mark,  unless they’re on sale.

I have um-ed and ah-ed a little as it has so much bias binding on it, something I have never attempted before, but I do like to throw myself in at the deep end.

I have found some gorgeous teal cotton for the main material and for the bias binding (and maybe the pockets) a beautiful black atomic print cotton.

teal cotton

Teal cotton from fabric rehab 

atom cotton

Atomic print cotton from Frumble

I’m also guessing I’ll need one of these tape makers?  Something else to add to the stash.

I do like the thought of the two materials together, I am not sure about the pockets being so dark against the teal though, but I’ll just figure that one out when I come to it, I can always change my mind. Any thoughts would be of help though.

If anyone has used this pattern before or can give me any tips on bias binding on a curved edge etc that would be  a great help.

In the meantime I am off to London this weekend, to visit one of my best girls for her 30th. Then it’s fabric purchasing time and getting down to it. Wish me luck!

 

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