Searching for a pattern

April 17, 2014

I’m currently making plans for my ordination (assuming I pass my final ordination interview later this month), and have been looking at robes/cassocks/albs to decide which one I want.  However, they are ridiculously expensive!  Since I’m unwilling to pay $400+ for a robe made from “linen-look” fabric, I thought I would look into making my own robe.  That was when I found this lovely vintage pattern, McCalls 2079.

I think it’s from the ’60s, and it’s exactly what I’m looking for!  Unfortunately, I can’t seem to find a physical copy of it anywhere!  Has anyone seen this, or does anyone happen to have it in their stash?  Or has anyone seen a similar pattern anywhere?  I will take any size.  Thank you so much for your help!

  1. The University of Rhode Island has an extensive pattern collection, so I have heard. Not sure who to contact there… God bless!

  2. I have a Butterick pattern 3819 for a “ministers robe. Its fuller then the one you have. Also if you go to the URI website looking for the master seamstress program you can contact the women that runs it Diane and she may be able to help . I just finished a class there and they have a great program as well as a large group (about 100) of sewers that meets monthly.

  3. I had this pattern once and really had no idea how to price it, so I put a high price on it to hold it for a bit while I did some research and it sold within 5 minutes. I was astonished. Unfortunately I don’t have any more but I’ll keep an eye out and if I find one in time you can have it for free as an ordination present 🙂

  4. Hi
    This is a very late response but I’ve just stumbled on your blog. I used the Butterick pattern mentioned but added a dart from the shoulder. I’m barely an A cup however. Hope you found what you want and ordained ministry brings you as much joy as it has me.
    In Christ

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