1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

The “Asymmetrical Geometric” dress

By on September 9, 2013

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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1940s | Skirts

Time to Re-Think that Stash of Dress Patterns!

By on March 25, 2012

In keeping with my resolution to make more separates for myself this year, here is one of my recent projects.

The pattern is a 1945 reproduction from Eva Dress.  The original pattern is for a fantastic dress, which I have made twice!   It turns out, this dress makes a lovely little skirt (at least I think so).

Time to re-think all of those dress patterns – they really make excellent skirts!  Just add a waistband and you are ready to go!

More pictures and information about the altered construction of my new skirt may be found over at Lilacs & Lace.

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