1940s | Dresses | Vintage Sewing

The “Asymmetrical Geometric” dress

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:)


  1. 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!)

  2. 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.

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