Oh! Oh! OH!

by Erin on May 15, 2007

McCalls 8868

This is the kind of thing I point to when people tell me fashion isn't art. I wouldn't be surprised if someone told me that this dress followed the Golden Ratio. It's so beautiful that I just sat, mesmerized, gazing at it on my monitor for a little while, and only the incessant ringing of my phone drew me out from under its spell.

I would love to make this dress, if only to have it hang on a dress form in my room for the rest of its life. I don't think I could wear it, because I really don't have a 1930s-type physique, unless by "1930s-type physique" you are thinking of Margaret Dumont, and not Myrna Loy.

The bidding on this one (click on the image to visit the eBay auction) is up to about $28 now, and I can't imagine it's going to go for much less than $50. Quite a few 1930s patterns hit $100, these days. But it's B35 (very reasonable!) and so unutterably gorgeous … you could always justify it as an objet d'art.

Many thanks to Marie Christopher for the link!

{ 20 comments… read them below or add one }

enc May 15, 2007 at 9:57 am

I think it might be a little off for the golden ratio (which is 2/5:3/5). It’s very, very nice, though, albeit a bit flouncy for my taste. The fabric choices are bang-on for the design.


enc May 15, 2007 at 9:58 am

And by the way, Margaret Dumont was a legitimate ’30s physique.


bonnie-ann black May 15, 2007 at 10:03 am

“…unless by “1930s-type physique” you are thinking of Margaret Dumont, and not Myrna Loy.”OH! oh, i am *so* gonna steal that line. my bosom is a dead ringer for Margaret’s.


flurogoddess May 15, 2007 at 10:51 am



Ariane May 15, 2007 at 11:33 am

Oh I like that dress! I love loking at vintage dress patterns, there are just somany I would love to have just for the artwork. I love the vintage patterns form 1930-1960.


ambika May 15, 2007 at 11:49 am

That is gorgeous. And I say that as someone who’s more Mae West than Myrna Loy.


Missy May 15, 2007 at 11:54 am

Oh my, oh my!!! Love it. So feminine and gorgeous. Sigh, unfortunately I have the mac truck figure so it’s 1940’s housemarm wrap dresses for me ;-)Thanks for the eyecandy!Missy


rka May 15, 2007 at 12:15 pm

Oh, this dress is just waaay beyond nice and love and amazing :-)


john May 15, 2007 at 12:32 pm

love the back but don’t care much for the front


Jonquil May 15, 2007 at 12:47 pm

Rose-pink chiffon, worn with a string of pearls.Damn. If only I didn’t have a belly.


Theresa May 15, 2007 at 1:49 pm

As another Mae West figure, I can only admire such a lovely dress. Very pretty.


Ang May 15, 2007 at 7:32 pm

As Mae incarnate, all I can do is drool over 30s gowns and dresses. Is the utter plight of a vintage seller….and fan…..*sigh*. 30s gowns, and the Myrna look, are my favorite!! All I can do is sigh. Ang


Anonymous May 15, 2007 at 9:23 pm

i clicked on your blog and just gasped! what a lovely dress!!!!


Therese May 15, 2007 at 11:49 pm

How beautiful! Apparently many others think so too; the bidding is nearing $50. Add that to the yards of silk chiffon this dress deserves, and that makes one expensive homemade dress!


Anonymous May 16, 2007 at 6:39 am

Aww, come on, we’ve seen recent pictures of you. If you do a muslin to get the fit just right, you can wear this dress. Go for it!


AmandaMay May 16, 2007 at 2:04 pm

What I would give to be a Myrna Loy!


Nora May 16, 2007 at 9:51 pm

Stunning! I really want to see the pattern pieces. Now, do you really have to have perfect shoulders to wear this dress, or would it give you great shoulders?I also love Ms. Loy; I love to watch the old Thin Man films just to hear William Powell say my name! And I love the way they flirt with each other.


mojogeno May 17, 2007 at 8:38 am

What a work of art! B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L


Robinson May 17, 2007 at 5:29 pm

eh. I think it’s a little too Melanie and not enough Scarlett.


Moonwishes May 21, 2007 at 4:38 pm

As a follow-up, The bidding ended with 10 bids and the winning bid was $153.99!!!!!


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