McCall’s 6350 – Thanksgiving Dress

A modern pattern, this one, but the effect is definitely vintage style – I hope you agree!  I first noticed this pattern when Gertie featured it on her blog, and I bought it when I was in the States over the summer and could get VMB patterns with cheaper postage (it was on sale as well, so really a bargain!)  The fabric is from Exquisite Fabrics in Washington, DC and is a Thanksgiving toile de jouy, which is about the coolest thing you can imagine.  Being British, it actually took me a while to figure out that it was Thanksgiving – when I first saw it I thought, “incredible, American toile de jouy with pilgrims on; I want it” and it was only when I’d been sewing with it for a few days that I managed to deduce that “pilgrims+pumpkins+corn+turkeys=THANKSGIVING!”  So I am wearing it tonight for a big party with my American housemates and I thought it was a good day to share it with the SewRetro community as well.  Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!

Vintage-style Thanksgiving dress

McCall's 6350

I made View C of the pattern, which looks very like my finished dress.  I graded from a 12 on the waist to an 8 on the bust with the A-cup pattern piece and didn’t make any modifications, other than to take in the whole bust area in even more at the side seams to try and get it tight enough to stay up on its own without straps.  Sadly, there just isn’t enough there to hold a dress up, so I had to give in and add the halter strap.  I’m wearing it with a big pouffy petticoat I made myself.

• Meet the Author • hweibye


A British graduate student with a mostly vintage style aesthetic: I love to sew with vintage patterns and fabric, make modern patterns and fabric look retro, and make over charity shop finds. I also knit, crochet and patchwork.


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9 comments… add one

  • Gorgeous! It fits beautifully :D

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  • Looks great, you’re right, its does have a retro look to it.

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  • WOW!! it is great!! you did a great job !

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  • This looks great on you and the fabric is too perfect! LOVE it! Great fit!

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  • What fun fabric. And the dress is perfect!

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  • Absolutely darling. You did a nice job on the fitting. I love it!

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  • Happy Thansgiving, you look very festive in that beautiful dress. The fit is fantastic ,well done.

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  • That dress is gorgeous! You look great!

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  • This is one gorgeous pattern – not to mentioned what a great job you have done with it. xXx

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