Green Holiday Dress, McCalls 6121 from 1961

by Kelina

in 1950s,1960s,Dresses,Vintage Sewing

McCall's 6121 front

My travel mug has a sweater that matches my dress. McCall's 6121, front.

For the holidays, I made a green and red dress. I picked up this wonderful festive green fabric while in Ghana, West Africa, and it has served me well for several projects. I started with a sloper from 1961, and I turned the tight round neckline into a boat neck with a slight scoop. I laid out the pattern pieces so that the medallion and the “V” would be in the front of the chest, the dark blue edging along the waist, and the other medallions strategically placed.

I have not decided if this dress is hideous, or it is so kitschy that it is totally fabulous. I like the nice cap sleeves and snug bodice of McCall’s 6121, so I have made this basic pattern with all sorts of alterations, such as different necklines, collars and cuffs, princess seams, or as a button-up shirtwaist dress, etc.

Technical

This pattern was a snap to put together. The darts make it easy to fit any shape. Since I am shortwaisted, I shortened the backwaist length by one inch. Next time I might shorten it by an inch and a half. I raised the bodice front dart by three-quarters of an inch. Then I raised the side front dart by half an inch, and at the same time re-angled it and shortened this dart length. If I had not raised and re-angled the side front dart, it would have intersected the bodice front dart.

McCall's 6121 vintage sewing pattern from 1961

McCall's 6121 vintage sewing pattern from 1961. Notice that I changed the neckline.

Also notice above, my travel mug has a sweater that matches my dress. I always match all of my accessories to my clothing (shoes, purse, and hat) so I absolutely cannot have my travel mug a glaring mismatch.

For more information on this and other projects, please visit WesternSpinster.com.  Happy New Year, may the coming year be filled with joy and laughter!

McCall's 6121 back

McCall's 6121, back.

McCall's 6121 side

McCall's 6121, side.

McCall's 6121 holiday dress

All I need to make this a true holiday dress is a Star of David on my head and some ornaments. McCall's 6121.

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I like to make things. This includes sewing, pattern drafting, quilting, working with cement, and I like building houses. When I sew, I generally like to make historically accurate vintage reproductions. This goes for construction methods and finished product.

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Evis January 20, 2014 at 4:14 am

In my opinion: Totally fabuolous. But I may not be the best judge, I love kitschy dresses.

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Patrice January 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm

I vote kitschy and fabulous!

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Kelina January 20, 2014 at 10:43 pm

Thanks you two! :-) I was going for something f a b u l o u s – not floral and demure. I will be wearing it to some kind of hipster spot or event in the near future.

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Sally Anne Syberg January 23, 2014 at 9:57 am

Now that is rockin’ awesome creation. I love it and would have never thought of it. Kudos!

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