60s McCalls 2440 Wrap Dress

by Stacey Stitch on June 26, 2013 · 24 comments

in 1950s,1960s,Dresses

I spent the weekend sewing this beauty up on my new machine. I used a lovely medium weight teal cotton edged with Michael Miller atomic cotton bias binding (all made by me…my first foray into bias binding!)

McCalls 2440

If you’d like to find out more, please check out my blog, any help and advice would be appreciated on sewing vintage patterns, I’m a relative newbie!

McCalls 2440 Finished
McCalls 2440 Finished

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Hello I’m Stacey, 30 something, Manchester residing. This (and my blog) is to chronicle my onward plodding adventure into sewing and knitting. I have always been a lover of crafts, from a young age I have embroidered and dabbled a little with sewing and knitting. I have made a couple of garments and would like to share what I have learnt and what I will be learning as I go along in the hope that you can help me and I can help you (more of the former than the latter I think!)

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Technicolor Cutie June 26, 2013 at 1:45 pm

Very CUTE! Great color.

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Stacey Stitch June 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

Thank you :)

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LittleBlackCar June 26, 2013 at 1:47 pm

I love this pattern! I made it . . . oh, my goodness, I can’t believe it was four years ago already, out of a pink cotton-polyester bedsheet. Your photos are much better than mine, obviously.

I need to lower the bust darts on mine but that’s a long-torso issue, not a pattern problem. I should make it again; I wear the pink one a lot.

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Stacey Stitch June 26, 2013 at 2:10 pm

I actually found your blog before I started sewing which was a great help! Yours is lovely :)

I think I’ll end up making it in a few other colours for next summer for definite.

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LilliansEnsembles June 26, 2013 at 2:15 pm

Looks really great, Well done. Feels good to make something, once I started, that was it, no stopping after that.

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Stacey Stitch June 26, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Thank you…….I have literally just been riffling through my patterns to decide on what to sew next….there’ll be no stopping me now ;)

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Debbie Feely June 26, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Bias stops me in my tracks. I’ve just recently tried using it again, in very small pieces : ) Amazing job with all that! Wow!

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Stacey Stitch June 27, 2013 at 2:34 am

Thanks Debbie, it certainly was a learning curve but I’ve almost got the hang of it (even if I did waiver slightly from the edge in places!)

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Allison June 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

I have an unholy love affair with pockets, so I approve heartily of this dress.

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Stacey Stitch June 27, 2013 at 2:35 am

That’s the first thing my husband said when he saw it “blimey! those pockets are massive” if they’re big enough to hold a book I’m happy!

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Amy Mayen June 26, 2013 at 3:43 pm

I love the pattern, and your finished dress!!

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Stacey Stitch June 27, 2013 at 2:35 am

Thanks Amy :)

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Sewingthe60s June 26, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Cute dress! i like the bias trim. Is it just simple wrap around dress?

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Stacey Stitch June 27, 2013 at 2:36 am

Yeah, it’s not very different from a a vintage swirl dress :)

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Stephanie June 26, 2013 at 3:49 pm

Congrats on making bias binding! I have no problem using it but I’m all thumbs when it comes to making my own!

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Stacey Stitch June 27, 2013 at 2:37 am

Thanks Stephanie, I feel like I;m almost there but I’m certainly not scared of it after making all of that ;)

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Deb June 26, 2013 at 4:06 pm

I love this! The color, the pockets, the wrap-around style, and the bias trim!

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Stacey Stitch June 27, 2013 at 2:37 am

Thanks Deb :)

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Nicole Needles June 26, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Gorgeous! And great colour choices – well done!

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Stacey Stitch June 27, 2013 at 2:38 am

Thanks Nicole! :)

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Camelia Crinoline June 28, 2013 at 3:06 am

It looks great. I love the colour and the binding.

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Stacey Stitch June 28, 2013 at 3:59 am

Thanks :)

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EmSewCrazy June 29, 2013 at 7:45 pm

It looks lovely on you! Great job with colors and the sewing. I have found vintage patterns can give you a better fit than a lot of modern ones. Keep up the good work!

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Sasha July 2, 2013 at 1:15 am

I was stumbled upon your blog while laying here in my McCall’s 2440 wrap dress! Mine is in a white fabric with blue roses. I love seeing a version with the pockets…I skipped that detail, though I was just thinking today that I would make another one with pockets. Beautiful fabric for your dress, it looks lovely on you.

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