Vintage Pattern + Organic Cotton Sateen = A Winning Combo

I have had this vintage 1976 McCall’s pattern for years now.

Vintage McCalls 5269 pattern

It keeps floating around between my to be cut pile and my stash but earlier this week the pattern met the fabric and it was true love!

Vintage McCalls 5269 Collage

The fabric I used was organic navy cotton sateen from Organic Cotton Plus.  I’ve used their fabrics before and I love them…they are always so soft and wonderful to work with and this cotton sateen was no exception…it is like butter!  Seriously, butter.  Which is why I ended up making the long sleeve version of this tunic instead of the short sleeve version…it’s just that soft!

(If you’ve never shopped there Organic Cotton Plus is really a neat company that is committed to being 100% organic and not just meeting “green goals”.  They produce and ship high quality products that are also eco friendly…everything from dreamy (and I mean dreamy) percale fabrics to coconut buttons. I totally respect their company…they are committed to what they do and they do their jobs well.  I love that!)

So with the fabric and the pattern I got to work…now…I’m not sure if I’ve mentioned this before or not but for me, pattern instructions are more like, well guidelines (something similar to the pirate code)…and I hardly ever follow them.  Why?  I don’t know, because I’m like that.  Because I drink Dr. Pepper for breakfast and read the last page of every book first and go barefoot whenever possible…It’s just what I do.  BUT NOT THIS TIME!

This time I followed every single little instruction to the T.  Without wavering.  Step by step.  (Except for that part where I left off the tie because I didn’t want it on there…)  And I learned a few things…old school tips and tricks that you just don’t get without following the instructions.  So I’m glad I did it.  It has an interesting yolk which, even though it reminds me of a graduation gown, I still like.  And it has secret hand sewn snaps in it…which I think is funny.

Over all I enjoyed making this pattern…and I loved the fabric…and now that it’s finished and I’m looking at it… I think with a few minor changes this pattern could be turned into a darling spring jacket.  Maybe in a floral print???  What do you think?  (I think I should try it!)

Now, if you’ll excuse me I’m off to listen to some Neil Diamond…because I do that to.


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  1. says

    This is adorable! I love it.
    I usually don’t read the directions at all when making something I think I know how to make.
    I usually find out that there is something I missed!
    Seeing this project makes me want to sew some 70’s patterns up!

  2. says

    I love that pattern. My idea of perfect retro is the 1970’s silhouette. Now I totally want to make one for Wub. I wonder what the odds are of it turning up in GW.

  3. Sarah Helene says

    FLORAL PRINT blouse sewn for your girl using this same vintage pattern would be COOL! P-E-R-F-E-C-T sewing by a talented Mom. Sarah in Minneapolis

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