The “Asymmetrical Geometric” dress

by adeylim on September 9, 2013 · 10 comments

in 1940s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

I have not been posting on We Sew Retro for a long time but have been lurking and reading the posts.

Recently, I sewed an asymmetrical dress from a 40s sewing pattern using a geometric print chiffon fabric and some black crepe back satin remnant for The Sew Weekly Reunion.

The pattern is McCall 6230 from 1945 which has been in my stash for some time and I sewed View A. This pattern is amazing and I am especially drawn to 40s patterns with gathers and drapes. Being asymmetrical makes it even more unusual and fascinating to sew.

I found the geometric fabric print very interesting for this dress design and had a lot of fun with pattern placement with it. Each sleeve is made of 2 identical pieces sewed in the middle and gathered. Bias fabrics are then sewed on the reverse to hold those gathers. I planned and cut these such that the left and right sleeves looked identical and the front and back are mirror image of each other. I also love the bias ties and cut out detail on the back bodice.

More project photos and information can be found on my Reunion post here. Thanks for reading:)


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I am a former kids' television channel manager turned stay home mum. I am also a sewing convert. I hated sewing since I attended my first home economic class at the age of 14. In 2007, something miraculous happened when God blessed me with a second pregnancy. I discovered that I was expecting a baby girl. That changed everything. First I went crazy shopping for handmade clothes for her on etsy. Then I decided I needed to make something for her on my own. I was a month from my due date when I took an intensive 4 day sewing class from an American lady living in Singapore. In Dec 2008, I made a dress for my princess before she was born and have not stopped sewing since. Now, I'm a busy fabric crazy mum of two!

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{ 10 comments… read them below or add one }

Jamie September 9, 2013 at 7:54 pm

What a fantastic dress, it looks darling on you! Great fabric choice.


mariebayarea September 9, 2013 at 8:36 pm

What a unique and beautiful dress and print


Lajules September 9, 2013 at 8:50 pm

I fear my sewing skills will never be good enough to replicate this. Still, what a wonderful dress and wonderful fabric!!! Great job.


SewingYourStyle September 9, 2013 at 11:04 pm

Wow! I love it! I wish I had that pattern as well :D


Sue @ A Colourful Canvas September 10, 2013 at 12:23 am

Very pretty! I’m glad you shared with We Sew Retro. It’s vintage-y and modern all at the same time! Suits you beautifully.


Carolyn September 10, 2013 at 6:40 am

That IS a pretty awesome pattern, and your fabric choices are fantastic. The fabric print placement is perfect and makes the dress look pretty luxe. Seriously cool dress and it looks great on you! (I think I may try hunting down that pattern myself now!)


Michelle September 10, 2013 at 10:38 am

This dress looks very modern and contemporary in the fabrics you chose! It’s a nice update on a very classic design.


Lajules September 10, 2013 at 12:08 pm

Adelym–I just came back to this dress because it’s so beautiful! It makes me want to divorce and get married again in one of these!!! Anyway, just letting you know I just read your bio and I also just picked up sewing at the end of my second pregnancy (with intensive sewing classes)! I’m having another boy in a couple of weeks, and I must admit my sewing dreams are pretty selfish, but hopefully I’ll get as proficient as you are one day! Again, great, great dress.


Linda L September 10, 2013 at 6:30 pm

Your dress is beautiful! What a great use of this fabric.


Jeffsews50s September 15, 2013 at 3:17 am

Wow! Gorgeous!


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