Pattern help!

by Always Alice on March 26, 2012 · 11 comments

in Dresses

I have been on a mad hunt for a dress with a bodice similar to this. Anyone have a recommendation? eBay and etsy are hit or miss; I’ve been doing mostly 1950s dress searches thinking I would have the best luck with that era.

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marian March 26, 2012 at 5:54 pm

How about McCalls – M6350 (It’s modern, not vintage, though)


Cindy March 26, 2012 at 6:09 pm

Ive made this dress. Just be aware that the darts in the bodice are really pointy. It may just be me but I recall reading somewhere that another person had the same issue.


Rachel March 26, 2012 at 6:24 pm

I was going to suggest M6350, but I notice someone already has.


Emily March 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

I was just looking at McCalls 6350 this morning! Check out for some detailed reviews of the pattern.


Always Alice March 26, 2012 at 6:28 pm

Oh snap! Modern pattern! You guys are onto something here…. How is the sizing with McCalls? I have never made a modern McCalls.


ErikaMadeIt March 26, 2012 at 6:42 pm

you can also use the sew retro course on craftsy
Gertie’s yellow dress is inspired by anthropologie’s dress.


MissTessaMelissa March 27, 2012 at 9:42 am

I was just going to bring Gertie’s yellow dress up, also! She gives a lot of insight into how she recreated that very similar bodice.


kat March 26, 2012 at 6:48 pm

i just made McCall’s 6350 and was going to put up a pattern review this morning, I too had big problems with the darts, check out my blog for pictures if your interested.


Kit March 26, 2012 at 8:31 pm

Gertie made a dress similar to this one and compared it to a commercial pattern. You might want to check out her posts tagged “yellow dress” to see what she made.


Ofir March 27, 2012 at 7:26 am
you can change it as you like


lsaspacey March 29, 2012 at 4:29 pm

Instead of sewing the darts in a straight line, curve them a bit more like a ( than a \. That should fix it.


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