Thursday, June 30, 2011

McCall's Magazine -1964 - Patterns for Miss America

"chosen to catch a gentleman's eye..."

Lovely Donna Axum, of Arkansas, Miss America of 1964, is currently touring the country, modeling an Everfast wardrobe made from McCall's patterns. Here we show you four chosen to catch a gentleman's eye in every corner of the nation. Above: Donna wears a shirt dress in a brown-and-white,print, with crisp collar and cuffs. McCall's pattern 7183. Sewing tip: When interfacing collar and cuffs, trim edges of interfacing close to stitching line, to avoid bulk.

Miss America's knowledgeable choice for Magnolialand is a bold print interpreted in a lovely, long evening gown with, a low V neckline front and back. The raised waist is defined with black grosgrain ribbon garnished with a huge yellow flower. McCall's pattern 7195. Sewing tip: To add sweep to a long skirt, underline it with a lightweight shaping material. Use skirt pattern to cut dress fabric and underlining; then seam, treating the two fabrics as though they were one.

For the Ivy League or Madison Avenue circuit, Miss America's eye-catching orange-and-white print, in a blend of Kodel and cotton, has a becoming low, rounded neckline, big sleeves banded just below the elbow, wide waist-cinching self belt, and a full, full skirt. McCall's Easy-To-Sew pattern 7186. Sewing tip: To guarantee sure-to-hold, even gathers for a full skirt, wind bobbin with buttonhole twist or heavy-duty thread, and machine-baste in a double row at the waistline.

A marvelous murky stripe-and-print design in a dress with a low-waisted silhouette, very fashionable this season; a neckline high and square in front, dipping to a low V in back. McCall's pattern 7192. Sewing tip: To make the most effective and dramatic use of striped fabric, match stripes at seams, and plan fabric cutting so that the lower edge of the stripe falls at bottom of bodice and skirt. All fabrics in Miss America's wardrobe are by Everfast with Everglaze easy care.