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Red retro-mod dress

Added Dec 10, 2010

by kkmatti

Denver, Colorado...






New Look 6000, fully lined. This dress seemed rather Mad Men-esque with a modern twist to me when I saw the pattern in the catalog. I spent a lot of time working with the fit on the initial muslin version since the sizing on the pattern would have required me to sew 3 dramatically different sizes to get a correct fit and I’m quite a bit taller than the base pattern height.

It got a bit tighter in the bust than I wanted after I added the lining, but I still like it. I’ve never owned a sheath dress before because they never fit me off the rack. All in all, I think this was a pretty good first attempt at creating one.

Material Notes

Wool Gabardine




Fall, Winter
Garment Type

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    May 16, 2011, 11.46 PMby malamae

    The dress is beautiful!!! I’m glad yours turned out well. Nice work!! :) I’m just making this dress, but it needs A LOT of alterations, especially around the chest area- it’s too wide. Also the sleeves are too big to fit the shoulder part. I have no idea what I’ll do! I think this was my first and last time to use any pattern other than Burda.

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    Dec 14, 2010, 12.38 AMby olystyrene

    What a lovely dress! You look gorgeous! It’s a very flattering cut and the colour is perfect against your skin!

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    Dec 12, 2010, 08.18 PMby carolinam

    very lovely dress.

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    Dec 12, 2010, 09.12 AMby lclausewitz

    Boy. I can only imagine how much patience you needed to have to do all the alterations you had to do to this pattern.

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    Dec 12, 2010, 06.46 AMby libbysharf

    It’s perfect…

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    Dec 11, 2010, 02.05 PMby charlotteauzou

    Such a pretty collar ! I love the retro style

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    Dec 11, 2010, 07.27 AMby missymellie

    I adore it! It looks wonderful on you!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 11.17 PMby chillwear

    Perfect Mad Men look, looks great on you!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 09.58 PMby cherwinamy

    You look fabulous!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 08.12 PMby ara43

    It looks great! I have this pattern and it’s exciting to see it sewn up! I plan on making this version (sleeves and collar) eventually. I based a much simpler dress on the pattern and had to make a lot of alterations, too – but because I’m petite, not tall!

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      Dec 10, 2010, 11.58 PMby kkmatti

      I agree that this pattern will need alterations to fit most women. I would highly encourage anyone else making this dress to take your time with the fit and length. I’m 5’8" and I ended up adding an inch to the bodice and a whopping 3" to the skirt. Otherwise this would have ended up a lot more Melrose Place than Mad Men.

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    Dec 10, 2010, 06.40 PMby scheryka

    Wow your dress is so nice and looks very well made. Pretty color.

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    Dec 10, 2010, 05.42 PMby Melissa Caringer

    i just bought this pattern and can’t wait to make it. your version is adorable. nice work!

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      Dec 12, 2010, 10.49 AMby kkmatti

      Thanks – Good luck on your version!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 04.23 PMby Ophelia K

    Lovely! It’s perfect for upcoming holiday!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 12.40 PMby BeYou TiFul

    BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL BEAUTIFUL!! love your shoes too!

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      Dec 12, 2010, 10.51 AMby kkmatti

      Thanks – the shoes are a pair of Bandolinos that I found on the clearance rack at DSW. They seemed very ’60s to me when I saw them.

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    Dec 10, 2010, 12.23 PMby leeloe

    IT’s gorgeous! and colour fits great :)

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    Dec 10, 2010, 11.22 AMby hdk100

    The color and the fit is great! And paired with those shoes… Lovely!!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 11.12 AMby anajan

    Looks great! The color is gorgeous.

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    Dec 10, 2010, 07.57 AMby nessys

    I love this – you did a fantastic job and the colour is gorgeous! You look great!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 07.18 AMby lennert

    Really nice! Fits you perfectly…

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    Dec 10, 2010, 06.09 AMby sophie11

    Lovely and such a perfect fit! It wouldn’t be madmen if it wasn’t a little tight around the bust!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 05.36 AMby vasgarcia

    Such a great dress! Nice work. :)

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    Dec 10, 2010, 02.15 AMby lili123

    very cute dress, the color is lovely.

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    Dec 10, 2010, 01.54 AMby pink-cornelia

    fits you perfectly, love it, so pretty!

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    Dec 10, 2010, 01.33 AMby snow-sews

    love it – especially the collar and cuffs! good choice of color as well. nice work!

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