Modern Patterns | Vintage Sewing

More Vintage Polka Dots

August 7, 2013

Don’t say I didn’t warn you. 

After making my Red Polka Dot Dress  a short while back I knew that it would not be the last time I would make something using polka dot fabric.

You should have heard the squeal I made when I saw this fabric. I got it when I went to Birmingham for a sewing meet up. It was on the outdoor market for just £2 per meter, words cannot describe my excitement.  It is unbelievably soft and drapes wonderfully.

Is it really sad that I get ridiculously excited over sewing related things more than almost anything else?!

I used McCall’s 6503 and was originally going to add sleeves. As it turned out I had quite a few problems with this pattern, in fact after reading up on it since then, I have noticed a few people say they had trouble with this pattern, I should have done my research in advance.

It seemed really baggy around the side bust and back so I added a line of elastic along the back waist to gather it in, As a last minute solution it actually works quite well, but at least I know to expect this issue next time I use the pattern.

I ended up omitting the sleeves, mainly because at that point I was too flustered to be bothered with them, and I turned down the stand up collar and bodice facings to make a little folded down collar, but you cant see it very well on these photos.

If I were to do it again I would perhaps do the bodice facings and waist band in a different colour to break up the pattern.

I will probably try this pattern again another time but I will make a muslin before using up my fabric, it was just a good job that this polka dot fabric was cheap and that I was able to salvage it!

There is undeniably something very vintage about this dress, but just to make sure I used the last slithers of material to make a vintage inspired tie headband to match.

Too much polka dot??

I think not!!!

My cat, Sidney decided to join in with the photographs too 😀

Thanks for reading, if you want to check out the original blog post click HERE

 Here’s to many more polka dot creations


  1. You look so cute in the dress! It looks great on you. I love the idea you had with the elastic – I may have to steal that the next time I run into some problems. Great job!

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