Thanksgiving Dress, McCall’s 6473

by brocadegoddess on October 22, 2013 · 19 comments

in 1960s,Dresses

As mentioned in my recent Autumn Apron post, here is a post dedicated to my Thanksgiving dress.  I used McCalls 6473 from 1962 – it’s been in the pattern stash for years and I’d always been curious to try it.

McCalls 6473

I used a piece of burnt orange/rust silk dupioni that was also from stash that I’ve been itching to use because I think it’s just so beautiful.  It’s also a really smooth dupioni, it would even be quite smooth for a shantung.


Even though I ran into a couple of little hiccups (detailed in my blog post) and might do a couple of things differently if I make this again (I’m feeling pretty keen right now to try it in wool for winter!) I really enjoyed making this and am very pleased with how it turned out.  I’m really liking the crossover detail on the front – and the opportunity it provides to use BIG buttons! lol  I think in my next version I’ll tweak the pattern a bit so as to accommodate even BIGGER buttons, heehee!


I did actually cook a whole Thanksgiving dinner while wearing this dress, and everything was fine thanks to my trust new apron.  I love when I can make a special dress/outfit for holidays, it just makes me feel all the more festive, somehow.


More photos and info on my blog.  I hope you’ll stop by!




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Simoree October 22, 2013 at 2:23 pm

I absolutely love that colour!


Carolyn October 22, 2013 at 3:06 pm

I know what you mean Simoree, I’ve been deep into burnt orange/rust for fall for a few years now, and don’t see that changing anytime soon!


Lauriana October 22, 2013 at 2:44 pm

Such a lovely dress…


EmSewCrazy October 22, 2013 at 3:19 pm

That is beautiful!! Such a lovely color, especially on you. That is a really neat dress pattern. I really like the crossover detail. Getting to use big buttons is so fun!


Carolyn October 22, 2013 at 8:43 pm

Thanks very much! I don’t often get to use big buttons, so I do really enjoy when I can! lol


Lazy Seamstress October 22, 2013 at 3:24 pm

Gorgeous dress, love the fabric and the cross over detail. I’d love to see a wool version. x


Carolyn October 22, 2013 at 8:44 pm

Thank you! If you follow my blog (no shameless self-promotion there at all, no) you’ll be sure to see if/when I make a wool version; I do hope I manage it.


SewJillian October 23, 2013 at 12:47 am

This is simply stunning! Wow, I am seriously jealous…


Kate October 23, 2013 at 6:30 am

The colour, the cross over detail and the POCKETS! just appeal so much to me. Delightful.


Siri Andersen October 23, 2013 at 6:48 am

This is stunningly beautiful! Great color, and all those fantastic details :) I think I have to get hold of this pattern now!


tanya maile October 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

Beautifully done! What a perfect fall dress!


Jennifer at My Sewing Suite October 23, 2013 at 9:06 am

Absolutely fabulous on you. The color is perfect with the tights. Great fall dress.


Catherine Alekna October 24, 2013 at 7:06 am

Such a great colour! you’ve done a marvelous job!


Valerie Chapman-Stockwell October 24, 2013 at 7:31 am

Lovely dress, lovely color on you! Now I’m inspired to make a dress for our Thanksgiving in November!


brocadegoddess October 24, 2013 at 8:39 am

Thank you everyone for the lovely comments! Hopefully I’ll have a wool version to show before/by next spring!


Housewife Betty October 24, 2013 at 11:36 am

This turned out SO beautiful! I have been eyeing the silk bolts every time I am in the fabric store, but I have been sort of a wuss to try anything with it. This dress just might inspire me to go for it. That fabric is so gorgeous, and it worked well in the pattern style you chose.

Did you use any lining or interfacing in this dress? I have always worried that dupioni needs stabilizing….


Laurel October 24, 2013 at 2:48 pm

What a great job! Looks smashing on you too :)


Snowma October 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

I am in orange autumnal awe. Lovely.


BobbinBombshell October 26, 2013 at 12:59 pm

Lovely dress! So pretty on you!


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