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1960 red raglan sleeve dress

Added Feb 16, 2011

by sarsaparilla

Brisbane, Australia






Raglan sleeve dress with a fitted bodice and a gathered skirt. Left side zipper placket.

I used McCall’s 5604, a well-loved teens’ pattern printed in 1960. I’m wary of the fit of old patterns, so I often make a wearable muslin out of cheap thrifted fabric. In this case, I used bright red poplin. I wish I had enough fabric for the gorgeous gathered four-gore skirt the pattern called for!

It came out well, although the bust darts aren’t sitting in the right position. I’d also like to remove some bagginess in the bust area, and perhaps add a tiny bit of ease to the waist. I can’t wait to make the final dress – I’m on the lookout for the perfect fabric ;)

The unabridged version on my blog: The Forty Acre Wood

Material Notes

Red poplin




Garment Type
Classic, Preppy, Romantic

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    May 9, 2011, 05.55 AMby wonderliza

    the style of this dress is amazing !

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    Mar 3, 2011, 10.05 AMby hannnc

    Love this one too! I’m not sure that you have to remake it, this looks great! And fantastic colour

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    Feb 17, 2011, 02.40 AMby leahfranqui

    I love the color and the fit! So cute!

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    Feb 16, 2011, 10.42 PMby pampula

    Again one perfectly pretty dress!:) I can’t help wondering and beeing little jealous of how many projects you have made in so little time…

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      Feb 17, 2011, 08.14 AMby sarsaparilla

      Thanks pampula! I’m starting back at uni next week, so unfortunately I won’t have much time to sew… Maybe just a couple of hours a week ;)

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    Feb 16, 2011, 10.13 PMby arianna mazzoleni

    lovely…i love red colour and amples skirts!

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