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1974 Dress

Added May 24, 2008

by reneebeth

Midwest, Minneso...






Hmm…I found this awesome 1974 McCall’s pattern of my mom’s in the basement when I came home from college and wanted to make it right away! I made a few adjustments, the biggest ones being opening up the neckline about an inch wider on each side and adding the belt (I have another belt that I’m making for it in a different fabric for fancy occasions). I almost love it…there’s just something about the way the fabric doesn’t drape that makes it look and feel too much like a tent to me. I already know I’m going to put a pleat in the pockets so they don’t stick out as much, but I’m thinking of either taking in the sides a whole lot or shortening it to a top or a tunic. I’m a bit disappointed with how it turned out, but I’m not ready to give up on it yet! If anyone has any suggestions about what they think would be best to make this garment a bit more wearable, I’m open to hear them!

Material Notes

A really tightly woven black fabric. My mom thinks she may have bought it once to make a raincoat…no wonder it doesn’t drape prettily!





my mom for her awesome vintage pattern, my sister for making the necklace I’m wearing, but just me for the sewing!

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    Oct 16, 2008, 06.23 PMby sewdelightful

    Maybe if you tried to make it again in a light cotton fabric with eyelets. I have seen some nice fabrics like that. Or just a lightweight cotton fabric with a print, (plaid might be a nice:) anyways, I still like this version too. :)

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    Sep 18, 2008, 10.24 PMby mira29

    great great great!!!

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    Jul 30, 2008, 10.20 AMby carottesauvage

    I love it!

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    Jun 16, 2008, 04.50 AMby sewella


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    Jun 12, 2008, 12.06 PMby alliezzz

    I love love love! this dress! I want to make a wrap dress similar to this; now I’m hoping it’ll turn out as cute as yours even though you don’t like it much.

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    Jun 10, 2008, 07.55 PMby enero

    All I have to say is, WOW!

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    May 27, 2008, 11.21 AMby smvphotography

    such a great dress, nice work! how come the older patterns are so much cooler than most of the new ones?

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    May 24, 2008, 10.15 PMby camilaustral

    did you washed the dress? some kinds of fabric are very stiff when new (sorry if it sounds to obvious for you :P) i think you could take in the sides too, if you make it a top, it would look even more “tent-ish”

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    May 24, 2008, 08.20 PMby mellou

    I like the top part and the belt…but I know what you mean about the sides, that’s how I felt about my Anda. Taking in the sides is probably a good idea. Otherwise, pretty and classic. :)

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    May 24, 2008, 06.12 PMby polychromatin

    I think it looks great on you and I somehow like how it “not drapes” at the back, makes it very special. But if you want to change something the others may be right with taking a little bit fabric away at the sides.

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    May 24, 2008, 03.54 PMby nenasew

    Kudos to you for altering a old pattern. I like the dress very much from the front. The neckline is great. I am not so crazy about what it does to your behind. It looks like it needs less fabric.

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    May 24, 2008, 02.23 PMby nikkiclare68

    I love the neck line on your dress! It looks like it would be simple enough to just take the sides in a bit? I like the way it fits now, too, though. The belt was a great addition.

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    May 24, 2008, 01.34 PMby stephaniemorgan


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